ITGA Connects 2020!
For any organization, especially small non-profits like the ITGA, challenging times provide both threats and opportunities. We prefer, and have been pursuing, the latter.

Over the last week, our new "ITGA Connects" initiative has enhanced the focus and potential of all things ITGA going forward.

Calls on essential campus-and-community topics led by ITGA board members Ron Jackson, Lisa Dvorak, Janet Lillie and Emily Allen (counterclockwise from top left), have drawn dozens of colleagues from around the U.S. and beyond, touching on everything from the Census to commencements, from students moving out, to communities carrying on as best they can.

Town-gown life is complex at many levels, and this largely beneficial, sometimes bumpy relationship has never been fleshed out with more clarity than now, thanks to ITGA.

In this mix, of course, are college town economies, many of which are reeling as never before, while both campuses and communities deal with on-the-ground issues like students moving out early, (with related events,) business complying with local and state laws, and a myriad of other questions that are emerging by the day.

Please click here to see the summary of the recent "ITGA Connects" calls.

"ITGA Connects" calls scheduled for the coming days with ITGA Board members, colleagues and partners:

  • Moderator Courtney Kienow: Facilitated conversation with topics including: how your student population is responding to orders to shelter-at-home and how your university is supporting and connecting with off-campus partners through the impacts of COVID-19. Thursday, March 26th, 1:00-2:00 (EDT). To register, contact

  • Moderator Gary Stewart: Regularly connecting on shared challenges and opportunities: Doable platforms for town-gown updates and Q&A, including local, state and federal resources. Friday, March 27th, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT). To register, contact

  • Moderators Cory Peterson and Jeremy Moore: Supporting students living off-campus and the surrounding communities in spite of COVID-19. Monday, March 30th, 12:00-1:00pm (EDT). To register, contact

  • Moderators Emily Allen and Cathy Hartz, U.S. Census: 2020 Census discussion follow-up. Monday, April 6th, 12:00-1:00pm (EDT). To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

The ITGA Board of Directors and staff members will be forever grateful for your collegiality and devotion to our shared communities at this pivotal moment of time. Thank you!
Beth Bagwell, MPA
ITGA Executive Director
International Town & Gown Association