2019 EPIC-Network Conference - University of South Florida
Every spring, the EPIC-Network hosts a conference and workshop for university representatives, local government officials, and organizational partners interested in adopting, adapting, and/or enhancing the EPIC Model for their institutions and communities. We are pleased to announce that the University of South Florida's Community Sustainability Partnership Program will be hosting the eigth annual conference in 2019!
There are two primary outcomes attendees receive from attending:
1) Inspiration and support to launch new programs; and
2) Expertise shared by other EPIC programs about ways continuously improve.
This annual conference has been a primary method for launching the 25+ EPIC programs currently operating. For those new to the EPIC Model, our goal during this conference and workshop is to present how and why this flexible and adaptable model can work for you. We also plan to help you actually 'Just Start' working on a your pilot partnership during the conference. Many existing programs launched while attending a previous EPIC conference. Our flexible model allowed programs to start implementing in the Fall, while others used the information learned at the conference to embark on a planning year before their launch.
Ideally, attendees come with a team of representatives from their community. For new attendees, it is ideal to bring two university representatives along with one possible community partner looking to pilot in future years. For returning university attendees, participation of your next year's community partner is a great way to get them fully up to speed about the breadth and depth of the partnership model. You will also be encouraged to actively work on setting up the partnership during the conference. If you have questions about who to bring, please ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For observers interested in how EPIC helps translate knowledge and policy to practice while developing the next generation workforce this conference is an excellent opportunity to learn the details of the EPIC Model. Come join us and learn from those who successfully adopted and adapted the six elements of the EPIC Model for their own contexts and issues.