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Annual Conference

Upcoming Conferences

2021 Virtual Conference - October 13-15 (Session times TBD and further information coming soon)

2022 Conference - Idaho, June 2022, hosted by University of Idaho's James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research (Dates TBD)


Past Conferences

2020 Virtual Conference - Reimaginings: What world do we want and how can collaborative governance help us get there? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding 6 virtual conference sessions in 2020.  


As UNCG gathers virtually together in 2020, we have the opportunity - as individuals and institutions - to reimagine our communities post-COVID19 and amid mass callings for racial justice.  This reimagining can also include climate change, environmental justice, healthcare equities and revitalizing our democracy. This year, our annual conference will be held over the span of three days (2 sessions each day), giving us the chance to gather as a network and share, reflect and learn.   During this time, we will be asking ourselves what is the role collaborative governance and its practices can and should play in supporting our communities addressing the challenges and issues raised throughout 2020?

The UNCG Conference is open to all people interested in collaborative governance and connected to a college or university. UNCG has student and working professional memberships.

Thematic Questions
  • In a period where we need to be careful about coming together in person, and yet the need for collaborative discourse is more needed than ever, what are ways we can create a sense of community and belonging through our work?
  • Post-Covid19, how can our centers / universities support communities in imagining and creating a better world? 
  • What do emerging anti-racist practices and policies mean on individual and institutional levels for the field of collaborative governance? 
  • What can we learn from each other about the lenses and approaches we are applying to ourselves, our work, and our organizations/institutions? How are we reaching out to others to listen, learn and grow? As we recognize and acknowledge, how do we move forward?
  • How are our various practices and the roles we play most useful or valuable in this time to deal with these issues? 
  • How do we challenge ourselves to be more useful and relevant in helping our communities address these issues and create shared solutions? 
  • What role can UNCG play to help our members do their work, listen, grow and learn? 

2019 Conference: Excellence and Innovation in the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Collaborative Governance

October 3-5, 2019 - Bloomington, IN - Hosted by the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington 


2018 Annual Conference