Becoming a member of the EPIC-Network means adopting and adapting the EPIC Framework and there are four primary ways to learn how to apply the EPIC Framework to your institutional and community context. Some existing programs have launched successfully after attending the national or a regional workshop, while others benefitted from site visits and limited duration technical assistance. Our goal is to help you launch quickly and successfully and then have you help share successes and stumbles so that everyone's work is better and more impactful for communities, students, and society.
Annual Conference: EPIC-N annually holds a three-day conference and workshop each Spring for university representatives, city officials, and organizational partners who are interested in adopting, adapting, or enhancing the EPIC Framework for their home institutions and community contexts. The conference is an excellent way to learn the basics, learn from others, and utilize on-site work sessions to start launching a program by the third day! The 7th Annual Conference will take place in April, 2017, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Learn more about the conference.
Regional or Customized Conferences: Much of the content and format of the national conference targeted toward the establishment of new EPIC programs can be provided in a shorter workshop that might be more appropriate as a regional gathering or one organized by topic (e.g. sustainability) or constituent (e.g. national organization of city managers). This model was successfully piloted in the summer of 2015 through a special workshop for California universities organized and hosted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eighty attendees from universities and communities attended this one and a half day event, which resulted in seven new programs launching.
Site Visits: Two-day site visits to a university and surrounding community have been effectively used in several instances to help build university support for this new model from the President to the student level, but with special focus on speaking with the Dean level and helping the future program coordinators organize effectively. In addition, site visits tend to also include meetings with potential community partners to help explain the framework and how to be effective partners. These site visits have frequently led to significant program revenue in the first year (e.g. $100,000 by the University of Tennessee).
Individual and Group Remote Technical Assistance: Universities (or communities) can also contract with us if they want additional technical assistance as they are figuring out how to organize and eventually launch a pilot year program. This assistance can come in the form of ad hoc phone calls and emails to pre-scheduled conference calls.
It's time to Just Start and become EPIC.