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Annual UNCG Conference

UNCG 2023 Conference 

Collaborative Governance in Action: On the Ground in Virginia

October 26 - 28, 2023 in Charlottesville, VA 

Hosted by the University of Virginia's Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (IEN)

UNCG will be meeting in-person this year on October 26 - 28, 2023, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The UNCG Conference will bring UNCG members and friends together to explore on-the-ground examples of how collaborative governance approaches are being applied in Virginia. We will spend time visiting the sites of some of these projects and engaging in discussions with participants. We anticipate that the examples and our location will also present the opportunity for attendees to engage in lively discussion about how collaborative governance fits in with democratic practices and what challenges it poses.

Attendees will also showcase their own work through Lightning Talks and Concurrent Sessions.

In addition, as an aspect of alternative educational offerings during the conference, there will be behind-the-scenes field trips about collaborative governance initiatives involving the descendants of enslaved laborers at UVA and also at James Madison’s Montpelier, among other local offerings for exploration. 

The UNCG Conference is open to all people interested in collaborative governance and connections to a college or university. UNCG has student and working professional memberships.  Members receive a discount on conference registration fees. Pay your annual dues or join UNCG here.

Conference Program


Map of locations


Lodging Options

We have reserved room blocks at 3 different hotels. Conference attendees make their own lodging arrangements.  Please make your reservations by September 26, 2023.  Lodging rates  increase on Friday nights at this time in October in Charlottesville. 

Schedule Overview (Full Program)

Thursday, October 26 
1:00pm - 2:30pm - UNCG Steering Committee lunch and meeting (Steering Committee members only)
2:30pm - 6:00pm - Field Trip to Montpelier (transportation provided; tour begins at 3:30)
6:30pm - 8:00pm - Welcome dinner (Kardinal Hall)

Friday, October 27  (Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia)
9:00am - 4:30pm  -  Lightning Talks, Concurrent Sessions, visit to Memorial to Enslaved Laborers,  Lunch sponsored by UVA Dine
Dinner at Dairy Market

Saturday, October 28 (Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia)
8:30am - 1:30pm - Annual UNCG Business Meeting and Breakfast, Lightning Talks, Concurrent Sessions, Lunch and Conference Closing

Past Conferences

2022 Conference - Reconnecting & Connecting: Making Community

June 2022 - Boise, Idaho - hosted by the University of Idaho's McClure Center for Public Policy Research


2021 Virtual Conference - October 13-15


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


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