University Employees Who Live Locally: Bridging the Town-Gown Divide

  • Marti Bombyk Eastern Michigan University
Keywords: Higher Education, University Employees, Community Engagement


Many universities conduct analyses of their economic impact, but few consider the possible roles that university employees who are residents of the university's host city can play in their diverse civic arenas. Based on a survey of Eastern Michigan University employees who live locally in Ypsilanti, the viewpoints of employeeresidents are analyzed to indicate general issues in town-gown relations and to suggest improvements.