George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is the site of the 2015 o annual conference of the International Town and Gown Association ITGA), a professional organization that serves as a resource point for addressing common issues between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they reside. Two collaborative efforts that involve the UO are featured at the conference, taking place June 1 – 3.
The Regional Accelerator Innovation Network (RAIN), an initiative involving the UO, Oregon State University, and the cities of Eugene and Corvallis, is being honored with an ITGA ImpACT Award. This inaugural honor recognizes innovative initiatives involving city and university partners. Pat Jones, UO assistant vice president for research and innovation, will make a presentation about RAIN and accept the award on behalf of partners.
Three City of Eugene and UO staff members will present a workshops titled “Addressing Campus Neighborhood Livability through Partnership in Education and Enforcement.” The presenters include Karen Hyatt, UO director of local community and neighborhood relations, Kelly Putnam, Eugene Police Department West University Station manager, and Jennifer Summers, UO director of substance abuse prevention and student success.