Campus-Community Connections
A Publication of ITGA
Housing Access in Communities Hosting Higher Education Institutions
Communities worldwide are struggling with housing uncertainty and affordability, and those hosting higher education institutions navigate these identical challenges. To better understand the needs and challenges of stakeholders at higher education institutions and in their host communities, ITGA is partnering with the National League of Cities, along with other town gown associations from around the globe, on a housing survey. The DLR Group, an active ITGA member with integrated firm planning and design leadership experience is utilizing its global research expertise to provide survey support. The survey closes March 5th.
2024 ITGA Conference Updates- Early Bird Registration Closes in 6 Days!
To explore travel options, networking opportunities, hotel accommodations and more, click here. To secure the early bird rate, register by January 31.The conference will be 3-full days, ending Friday at 4:00pm. The City of College Park and University of Maryland, College Park invite you to apply to be a presenter at the 2024 ITGA City & University Relations Conference, The Power of Partnerships: Solving Grand Challenges Together,June 5 through June 7, 2024. To view the tracks and submission details, click here.
Pre-Conference Workshop in Crisis Management - Register Today!
From Turmoil to Triumph: Crisis Management Tactics for Town and Gown
Controversies today are tried in the Court of Public Opinion more often than in the Court of Law. Whenever you’re dealing with a hot-button issue, your news can easily go viral in moments. Since it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and only a few seconds to destroy one, “managing the message” and "managing the strategy" is a necessary skill set for city and university administrators – and the lawyers that serve them. Learn more.
The Certificate in Town Gown Relations Program Launches in March
ITGA is once again offering the Certificate in Town Gown Relations program beginning March 20-April 24, 11:00am-1:00pm (ET). The six-weeks virtual program helps stakeholders address the complex challenges and processes associated with city and university relationships and promotes the skills necessary for effective development of collaborative partnerships and alliances throughout college towns. To learn more about the program, click here. Registration is open.
Welcome New Co-Chair of the Racial Justice and Equity Committee
Chiluvya Zula, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Borough of State College, is co-chairing ITGA's Racial, Justice and Equity Committee. She replaced Dr. Nicole Prewitt, who has been serving in this capacity with Summur Roberts.

The RJE Committee serves as a central hub of conversation, content and policy development for members who envision an equitable and just world. Learn more. They meet the second Thursday of every month at 10:00am (CT). To see her very impressive bio, click here.
National & International Headlines
UGA Program Addresses Food Security in Athens
The University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning (OSL) has established longstanding partnerships with community organizations to help address food insecurity in Athens.
CU Boulder to Build University's First Gaming Lounge
For both novices and experts, the gaming lounge will offer a unique and immersive space for students to hone their crafts as gamers, esports enthusiasts and athletes. 
New Land Acknowledgement Video Highlights Culture
The song, performed by cultural advisor Lonny Potts, and his son, Muskwa, can be heard in the production alongside students and staff from a variety of cultural backgrounds. 
College Student Provide Mental Health Education to Peers
Learners show a preference for working with peers in addressing their mental health concerns. This article has six examples of peer-led supports offered by institutions.
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