6th Annual EPIC-N Conference and Workshop 

March 20-22, 2017: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (USA)

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) framework is a unique, highly scaled university-community partnership program.

It takes advantage of the time and talent of universities to help communities accelerate and advance their own socially and environmentally forward-looking goals.  Originally developed at the University of Oregon, there are now over 25 EPIC programs, demonstrating the ability of this model to be adapted for different university and community contexts.

The 6th Annual EPIC-N Conference and Workshop is the signature workshop and training conference, combining those seeking to start a new program with representatives from existing EPIC programs sharing their insights and strategies to continuously improve the effectiveness of the EPIC approach. For new participants, the goal of the workshop is to help them leave with tangible action items, if not the beginnings of an actual partnership itself.

Information about the conference and the EPIC model can be found here: http://www.epicn.org/annualconference/ or here: http://sci.uoregon.edu/epicnmodel.

The most successful conference participants are those who attend with at least one representative of a university and a possible city partner.  When both attend, the conference organizers and other EPIC programs can provide tangible assistance and time to help this team transform their interest in a partnership into action.  For these teams, or for those attendees who cannot attend as a team, opportunities for on-site training and site visits are available and are often a fundamental way to solidify institutional support to move forward.

A simple, but powerful overview of how and why this model has been so successful can be seen in this animation.

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