Ohio College to co-host Ohio Town and Gown Summit

Ohio University and the Town of Athens will co-host the fifth annual Ohio City and Gown Association Summit July 14-15. 

The Summit, taking place virtually, will bring together municipal, local community, and higher instruction leaders from across the point out to discuss and discover finest tactics to reinforce city-robe partnerships, showcase innovative collaborative programs and jobs, and share methods for neighborhood and financial advancement.

“It is an remarkable honor for Ohio University to be a co-host of the fifth annual Ohio City and Gown Affiliation Summit along with the City of Athens,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis claimed. “The relationships that the University has with group partners and the City of Athens are immeasurable and aid offer a distinctive finding out encounter for all OHIO students. This conference is a excellent chance to highlight our strengths as effectively as the relevance of city and robe connections.”

The Ohio Town and Robe Affiliation was developed in 2015, right after Ohio municipal and greater schooling leaders dedicated to collect locally following connecting at an Intercontinental City and Robe Conference in Washington, D.C. The very first Ohio-based Town and Robe Summit was hosted by Ohio University at the Pickerington Middle and subsequent meetings have been held in Kent, Bowling Green, and Oxford.

Athens Metropolis Council President Chris Knisley is foremost the preparing committee with companions at the Athens Visitor’s Bureau, the City of Athens, the Athens Location Chamber of Commerce, Ohio College Situations Companies, and the Ohio University Center for Campus and Group Engagement.

“This convention could not come at a better time, as communities emerge from the challenges of the earlier yr,” mentioned Knisley. “We have a great deal to master from our colleagues across the state about how we have coped with financial, health and cultural problems.”

However the convention programming will be digital, an “Athens Getaway Package” with discounted rates at the Ohio University Inn will be presented to give participants the option to check out and practical experience Athens when taking part in the Summit on the internet. Wi-fi superior-pace world-wide-web is complimentary and though the convention is not formally in-individual, a compact reception will be hosted for those people relaxed to assemble and network.  

Presentation proposals are currently being acknowledged till May possibly 15. The contact for proposals can be accessed at www.ohiotowngown.com. Discover additional facts and sign-up for the Summit on-line. Crucial themes of the Summit contain: very best techniques for campus and local community partnerships, demographic shifts and racial fairness in campus communities, COVID-19 response and restoration, and campus and community methods for local weather adjust and sustainable infrastructure scheduling. Sponsorship options are also offered, and inquiries can be directed to the Heart for Campus and Neighborhood Engagement at [email protected]

“The Ohio Town and Robe Summit offers an incredible option to reflect on and identify the interdependence current concerning campuses and communities,” reported Mary Nally, director of the Center for Campus and Community Engagement. “It’s a house to celebrate and share lessons learned from local community-engaged partnerships in a way that reinforces the price of our communities, community governments, and the relevance of better training establishments.”