Going DownTOWN - ACPA

Going DownTOWN - ACPA

Click icon to add picture Going Downtown Improving Student Connections and Experiences via Town-Gown Programming Sponsored by: the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners Presenters Jimmy Kohles Program Coordinator for Off-Campus Life University of Northern Colorado Lauren Koppel Graduate Assistant for University Activities

Board Michigan State University Former Social and Development Coordinator University Program Council (UNC) Outline Learning Outcomes UNC Student Activities Office Values Town and Gown Statistics Program Background, Vision, and Basics Results

Future Iterations Discussion Learning Outcomes Identify limitations and challenges in engaging and programming for non-traditional, commuter, off-campus, and graduate students. Examine the process of creating collaborative partnerships between campus and local commerce Identify programming variations for engaging students with local commerce Student Activities Office Values

SELF-AUTHORSHIP (Baxter-Magolda, 2001) Situate learning in experiences Mutually constructing meaning Validating learners as knowers SOCIAL CHANGE MODEL (HERI, 1996) PURPOSEFUL, COLLABORATIVE, and VALUES-BASED process that results in POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. Town-Gown Background

Greeley Context http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2014/03/ us-cities-where-poor-are-most-segregated/8655/ Poorest large community in Colorado Large Refugee Population due to Industry High Poverty Segregation Index Community Leader Perspective Expectations of UNC Students

Strong community desire for improved relations Can you find your community on the map? Town-Gown Discussion What are your institutions demographics? What are barriers to Town-Gown collaboration on your campus? How do you discover and build partnerships in the community? Insight into your campus dynamics?

How do they relate to your communitys? Town-gown dialogue? What is the purpose of Town-Gown on your campus? Impetus for partnership (rioting, partying, commerce, etc.) Theoretical Framework STUDENT INVOLVEMENT THEORY (Astin 1999) NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

(NACA) COMPETENCIES Students learn more when actively engaged, academically and socially, in their environment (in varying degrees) Collaboration - Actively contributing to the achievement of a group goal Multicultural Competency - Advocacy for the needs and identities of all members within the community COUNCIL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF STANDARDS (CAS) OFF-CAMPUS & COMMUTER PROGRAMS SELFASSESSMENT GUIDE (2013) Augmenting access to campus resources Theoretical Framework

LEAVING COLLEGE (Tinto,1996) COMMUTER STUDENT BEST PRACTICES (Roe Clark, 2006) Isolation is one of the primary reasons for college student departure Facilitating peer interactions Active relationships between students and community agencies Insure student perspective in community decision-making TOWN-GOWN

Initiating dialogue and collaboration to foster a positive relationship and a healthy and thriving community. Program Background Framework Equitable access to university resources Social and Developmental Coordinator Impetus Per request of local commerce and

community partners Student leadership innovation Focus on Positive Change Model Program Vision and Basics Program Vision and Outcomes To provide programming that: Is accessible to off-campus, commuter, non-traditional, and graduate students Is low-risk and low-cost (minimize barriers to access) Will highlight local commerce in a prosocial way Will highlight a service or offering of campus partners

Collaborations NonTraditional Student Association Graduate Student Association Student Organizations GLBTA Resource Office GNO Basics Logistics

Students purchase $5$10 vouchers Good for dinner, dessert, and entertainment Locations Dinner Dessert Entertainment Giveaways and Prizes Sample Schedule (Spring 2013) Students Create Own Schedule within Time Frames: On-site coupon pick-up- 5:00-6:00pm

Dinner- 5:00-10:30pm Movie Times (Accommodate theater capacity) Group A- 6:00pm Group B- 8:30pm Cupcake pick-up- 5:00-7:00pm GNO Basics Budgets Spring 2013 Expenditures - < $3,200 Food - $2,500 Entertainment - $700 Revenue - $650

Fall 2013 Expenditures - < $3,000 Food - $2,600 Entertainment - $310 Revenue - $1,100 Results Attendance Spring 2013 135 attendees Equal parts graduate, non-traditional, offcampus, & upper-division students

Fall 2013 110 attendees Majority upper-division & off-campus students Spring 2014 April 17th TBD (hopefully lots of students who are parents!) Considerations Logistical Questions:

Any institutional concerns which would alter this program? Our considerations: Marketing (forms) Payment Parking Transportation Proximity Accessibility Future Iterations

Partnerships Graduate School Provide free & reduced child-care Athletics/Club Sports Provide free & reduced admissions for partners, dependents Provide free & reduced concessions at sporting events Campus Recreation & Outdoor Pursuits Family-centric

activities and access to Campus Rec resources Student Advocacy Centers Culturally-centric activities and businesses in Greeley New Student Orientation University Relations City Museums, Tours, Chamber of Commerce Now What? What populations are typically underserved on your campus?

Who can you collaborate with in your community? What are their needs? Campus partnerships? Municipal/county offices? How does this apply to your institution? What variations would work for your institution type? Questions? Contact information

Email: [email protected] Phone: 970-351-2172 www.unco.edu/studentactivities Contact information Email: [email protected] Phone: 303-552-7852 Uabevents.com References

Astin, A. W. (1999). Student involvement: A developmental theory for higher education. Journal of College Student Personnel, 40, 518-529. Baxter Magolda, M. B. (2001). Making their own way: Narratives for transforming higher education to promote self-development. Sterling, VA: Stylus. Brill, K., Croft, L., Ogle, J., Holz, S. R., Smedick, B., Hicks, M., & Coats, J. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/studentsvcs/naca_college_student_leader_co mpetency_guide-facilitator_version.pdf Higher Education Research Institute. (1996). A social change model of leadership development guidebook. Version III. Los Angeles, CA: Higher Education Research Institute. Mahan, M. (2012). "CAS Self-Assessment Guide for Commuter and OffCampus Living Programs." CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education

(8th Ed.). Washington, DC: Author. Roe Clark, M. "Succeeding in the City: Challenges and Best Practices on Urban Commuter Campuses." About Campus, 2006, 11(3), 2-8. Tinto, V. "Reconstructing the First Year of College." Planning for Higher Education, 1996, 25(1), 1-6. Please Rate This Session in Guidebook 1. Find this session in Guidebook 2. Scroll to bottom and click on Rate this session 3. Complete Session Feedback Form

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