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 Building a Bridge Between                  Town and Gown<br />Dan Ryan, University at Buffalo<br />Kim Griffo, Internatio...
      International Town and Gown Association <br /><ul><li>Founded in 2008 by the City of Clemson and Clemson University
Founding members include: Cal Poly, University of Colorado, Boulder, City of Clemson, Clemson University, JCUAB-Clemson, M...
General Membership grown to over 200 members</li></li></ul><li>International Town and Gown Association<br /><ul><li>Best P...
OFF-CAMPUS Programs-ITGA becoming National Organization to serve as resource and clearinghouse for Off- Campus Units </li>...
Bridge Building Toolkit<br /> Know your Maven, Typically SHE is not an elected official but has great influence and commun...
           Bridge Building Toolkit<br />Examples:<br />George Washington University<br /> http://www.gwu.edu/connect/commu...
Background – University Heights<br />Home to over 2,500 UB Students – roughly 25% of residents<br />
Off-Campus Student Services<br /><ul><li>Created in September, 2008
Created Off-Campus Student Relations Team with representatives from University Police, Judicial Affairs, Student Life and ...
Established a new office in Allen Hall
Launched Incident Tracking form enabling us to track and report on complaints</li></li></ul><li>Early Steps<br /><ul><li>S...
Identified major overarching issues to be addressed:
Crime/Safety
Housing Quality
Business Leadership
Student Behavior
Building Community
Managing Expectations</li></li></ul><li>Crime/Safety<br />
Crime & Safety<br /><ul><li>5 Cameras installed integrated with City of Buffalo system
Joint patrols established with BPD and NFTA
Listserv established for students to facilitate safety messaging, as well as programming and activities
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Building A Bridge Between Town And Gown

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

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