On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody talks with Beth Bagwell (Executive Director of the International Town & Gown Association), Dilnavaz Cama (Department Manager for Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services at The Ohio State University), and Emily Allen (Senior City Planner for Neighborhoods for the City of Fort Collins), to explore trends, benefits, and issues in university (GOWN) and community (TOWN) relationships.
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Tony DoodyTony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement at Rutgers University. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
Beth Bagwell, MPA, is the executive director of the International Town & Gown Association. She has 15 years of teaching experience and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Clemson University. Ms. Bagwell also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Her work in the public sector and post-graduate position at the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs at Clemson University helped prepare her for her current position with the ITGA.
Dilnavaz serves as the Department Manager for Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services at The Ohio State University. Managing the department she works closely with all stakeholders including landlords and property managers, the City of Columbus, community members, law enforcement and various businesses/organizations throughout the University District and Columbus areas in order to provide a wide range of resources for students, faculty and staff at The Ohio State University. She not only works with students as they transition from on-campus living to off-campus living, but also with students as they live off-campus throughout their undergraduate, graduate, and professional careers.
Dilnavaz helps to oversee the entire department, including directing the professional staff and student staff (a staff of 30-40) working on a variety of intiatives, including enhancing town-gown relationships, working to positively impact the commuter retention rate, all while working towards improving the quality of life off-campus.
Dilnavaz is an OSU alumna, having received her bachelors degree and masters degree at The Ohio State University.
Emily Allen has worked in higher education for over 13 years and for local government for the past 6 years. She is committed to helping community members learn from, live with, and understand one another. In her current position as Senior City Planner for Neighborhoods for the City of Fort Collins, she helps strengthen relationships between residents and their understanding of City resources through a variety of outreach efforts. Previously, she served as the Community Liaison between the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU). As the Community Liaison, she partnered with students and long-term residents, and helped to increase communication between CSU and City police, administrators, faculty, local business /non-profits. Emily’s strong background in program management, diversity and social justice, community relations and communication play an instrumental role in connecting with members of the Fort Collins community.