Town-Gown Relations

Engaging with Our Neighbors, a report of town-gown relations, was initiated to gain a better picture of how campuses were engaging with neighborhoods across the state of Missouri. The report includes case studies from member campuses across the state of Missouri, providing illustrations of best practices, strengths and challenges, and program models. A total of ten MOCC member campuses submitted cases related to community building with off-campus student housing, neighborhood redevelopment and revitalization, and neighborhood relations and partnerships. 

Town-Gown Report Cover

Town-Gown Report

Ten Missouri member campuses are represented in this publication. However, we will continue to add cases from MOCC members to this website. 

Does your institution have a story to tell about town-gown relations and neighborhood-based engagement? Simply send us an email at to express your interest in submitting a case study. We will provide directions on format, content, and editing. 

Executive Summary
Chapter One: Introduction

Town-Gown Relations
Missouri Campus Compact
Tabitha Underwood

Chapter Two: Community Building with Off-Campus Student Housing

East Campus Block Party
University of Missouri-Columbia
Dionne George

Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Program
Washington University in St. Louis
Cheryl Adelstein

Community Culture of Responsible Choices
University of Central Missouri
Amy Kiger

Chapter Three: Neighborhood Redevelopment and Revitalization
A Partner in Neighborhood Redevelopment and Revitalization

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Prima Wagan and Patricia Zahn

Community-University Collaborative Visioning
Drury University
Jay G. Garrott

Connecting Campus to Downtown: A Partnership Between the University and the City of Maryville

Northwest Missouri State University
Mark Hornickel

Center for Neighborhood Affairs

Harris-Stowe State University
Mark Abbott

Chapter Four: Neighborhood Relations and Partnerships

Village Partners Program
William Jewell College
Lori Wetmore

Rockhurst and Our Neighborhood: Rockhurst University Neighborhood Committee

Rockhurst University
Alicia Douglas

The Ville

Saint Louis University
Leah Sweetman and Bryan Sokol

Appendix A: Information Sheet for Cases
 Appendix B: Online Survey