Collaborative Partnerships: Strengthening The University & Community Relationship

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$ 425.00

The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.
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As colleges and universities continue to evolve, so do the communities in which they reside. With new housing developments popping up nationwide, and more students moving further into established neighborhoods, the need for building and maintaining relationships with city officials, student housing representatives and long-term residents is essential.

Communities near and far share similar concerns about noise, parking, over-occupancy, property management, unkempt yards, and community expectations.

How can colleges, universities, and communities address these concerns? Through collaborative partnering!

Collaborative partnering is an effective strategy for building community among students and long-term residents who live in proximity. It involves the development of initiatives and programs to address noise, alcohol/parties, trash, neighborhood expectations, and more.

Learn how a community in Colorado pooled its resources to help improve town-gown relationships. This interactive webinar will provide a description of collaborative programming used to educate students about local ordinances. As well as the art of neighboring, enhancing enforcement and prevention, developing social norming campaigns and promoting community connectedness in their college town. The presenters will provide their expertise to participants looking to replicate or produce similar programming in their community.

  • Learn the steps in building a liaison position shared between the university and city, including significant items of consideration
  • Learn about programs and initiatives that have been effective in addressing issues around, and needs of, students living off campus
  • Learn how to develop mutually beneficial and useful relationships with landlords, property managers and national housing providers
  • Hear about lessons learned in collaborative partnering and the importance of creating programs that fit your community
  • Share ideas with the audience on what has been working in your communities
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Outreach & Recruitment Staff
  • Student Life
  • Residence Life/Student Housing
  • Student Conduct Officers
  • Any educator interested in student life and the community
"Students are a moving target, and neighborhoods change each and every year. Addressing everyone's needs can be a challenge, and the key is to start wherever you can. Colorado State University and the City of Fort Collins have a 15+ year history of programs helping connect students and long-term residents. The University and City made a leap together and now are continually assessing our programs, adding to them and creating new ones."

Emily Allen has worked in higher education for over 10 years, including positions in Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, Residence Life, and Academic Support services, and is committed to helping students and non-students learn from, live with, and understand one another. In her position as the Community Liaison between the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University, she helps to strengthen relationships between students and long-term residents through active and passive programming, educational outreach, and events. Additionally, she works to connect and increase communication between administrators, faculty, staff, police, local business and non-profits. Emily is an International Town Gown Association board member and has presented nationally on the topic of town/gown partnerships.

Building a sense of community connectedness is a never-ending process. It takes continual planning and adjusting to meet the ever-changing needs of students and long-term residents. But with a little thought and support, your efforts can make a meaningful difference in strengthening town-gown relationships and overall quality of life in your community.

Jeannie Ortega has been the director of Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University since 2000. An alum of CSU, she has worked in various positions within the division of student affairs over the past 28 years in areas involving diversity, leadership and commuter student/adult learner support. Jeannie was one of the original key players in creating and developing the first community liaison position and programming at CSU.

What is a live webinar?

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What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?

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What is the process for attending a live event?

The process is as follows:

  • We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
  • We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
  • We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
  • On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
  • We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?

Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

What are the technical requirements?

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What equipment is required?

For individual or small group viewing, a computer with a reliable Internet connection and audio capabilities are all that’s needed. For large group presentations, we recommend a computer with a reliable Internet connection and speakers, as well as an LCD projector. Participants can call in via phone if they are having trouble retrieving the audio over the computer. Please be sure to reserve a meeting room prior to the live event that can accommodate these requirements as well as your attendees. You should reserve the room 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time and you may want to allow at least 15-30 minutes after the webinar for discussion.

How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
What type of payment do you accept?

You may pay with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa), PO, check, or electronic transfer of funds. You can email us (, call 303-955-0415 or fax 1.866.508.0860.

Where do I send payment?

Please mail checks and POs to our mailing address:
Innovative Educators
3277 Carbon Place
Boulder, CO 80301

What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.