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  • 1. Building a Bridge Between Town and Gown
    Dan Ryan, University at Buffalo
    Kim Griffo, International Town & Gown Association, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
    March 9, 2010
  • 2. International Town and Gown Association
    • Founded in 2008 by the City of Clemson and Clemson University
    • 3. Founding members include: Cal Poly, University of Colorado, Boulder, City of Clemson, Clemson University, JCUAB-Clemson, Murray State University
    • 4. General Membership grown to over 200 members
  • International Town and Gown Association
    • Best Practices in Building University/City Relations Conference 5th successful year
    • 5. OFF-CAMPUS Programs-ITGA becoming National Organization to serve as resource and clearinghouse for Off- Campus Units
  • Bridge Building Toolkit
    Top Down Support- President-This is a Must Have
    Identify INTERNAL BARRIERS and EXTERNAL BARRIERS-
    The Little Shop of We Have Always Done It This Way”
    ( The WHADITW store)
    Convenience Stores “conveniently” located on and off campus
  • 6. Bridge Building Toolkit
    Know your Maven, Typically SHE is not an elected official but has great influence and community power to support your Town-Gown Initiative, She only uses her power for good deeds, however don’t cross her, others will voluntarily do her dirty work.
    Establish Town and Gown Partnership Fund-funds small and large projects that benefit the university and the community as determined by the advisory board. This gives everyone ownership of the Town-Gown Projects.
    - There is plenty of work to go around, don’t wait to be asked, you reach out-
  • 7. Bridge Building Toolkit
    Examples:
    George Washington University
    http://www.gwu.edu/connect/community/foggybottomwestend
    Virginia Tech- Moving Off Campus Part 1
  • 8. Background – University Heights
    Home to over 2,500 UB Students – roughly 25% of residents
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  • 11. Off-Campus Student Services
    • Created in September, 2008
    • 12. Created Off-Campus Student Relations Team with representatives from University Police, Judicial Affairs, Student Life and Community Relations
    • 13. Established a new office in Allen Hall
    • 14. Launched Incident Tracking form enabling us to track and report on complaints
  • Early Steps
    • Strategic plan developed Fall/Winter collecting input from over 100 community leaders, business owners, elected officials, students and neighborhood residents, students, block clubs, churches, local business owners and University stakeholders
    • 15. Identified major overarching issues to be addressed:
    • 16. Crime/Safety
    • 17. Housing Quality
    • 18. Business Leadership
    • 19. Student Behavior
    • 20. Building Community
    • 21. Managing Expectations
  • Crime/Safety
  • 22.
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  • 26. Crime & Safety
    • 5 Cameras installed integrated with City of Buffalo system
    • 27. Joint patrols established with BPD and NFTA
    • 28. Listserv established for students to facilitate safety messaging, as well as programming and activities
    • 29. Ongoing communication with Buffalo Police and E District personnel
    • 30. Expansion of bussing and hours of safety shuttle
  • Housing Quality
  • 31.
  • 32. Housing Quality
    • Active engagement with Problem Properties Task Force
    • 33. Collaborated with Community Relations and Buffalo Department of Permits and Inspections to create a Top -Twenty list - resulting in internal inspections of properties.
    • 34. Advocated to SUB Board 1 to remove properties with Health or Housing code violations from list of available rental properties.
    • 35. Programs to help students become more educated consumers (Tenants Rights workshop, working collaboratively with Permits & Inspections as well as County Health Dept.)
  • Business Districts
  • 36. Business Leadership
    • Hosted three meetings of Bailey & Main Street Business owners.
    • 37. Published Directory of Main Street and Bailey Ave. businesses and distributed throughout neighborhood.
    • 38. Plans Underway for a UB Savings Card offering discounts to students, faculty staff & neighborhood residents to local businesses
    • 39. Hosted informational session on Campus Cash program in collaboration with Campus Dining and Shops
    • 40. Work closely with office of Community Relations helping connect businesses with University Resources
  • Student Behavior
  • 41. Student Behavior
    • Launched Incident tracking database enabling us to track and report on complaints
    • 42. Implemented web-based complaint form to feed into database above
    • 43. Developed and implemented strategy to intervene before announced parties take place
    • 44. Counsel students on being better neighbors
    • 45. As part of restorative justice effort, students who commit Student Code violations with behavior off-campus are sanctioned to perform their community service hours on or about the South Campus
  • Student Behavior
    • Established Community Expectations seminar as an educational sanction, featuring panelists from UB, BPD and neighborhood block clubs
    • 46. Provide programming as an alternative to house parties in collaboration with Amherst Theaters – Midnight Movie Madness
  • Building Community
  • 47. Building Community
    • Hosted first annual UB Block Party & Safety Fair, encouraging long term residents and students to interact in a non-threatening environment
    • 48. UB’s Alternative Spring Break performed service in University Heights area
    • 49. UB A Good Neighbor program engages students in clean up activities weekends (weather permitting)
    • 50. Actively engaged in University Heights Collaborative and in various Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch groups.
  • Balance of Activities

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