About Town Gown

About Town Gown

The Windham/Eastern Community Action Network, (W/E CAN) is a collaboration of residents of Windham, town government officials, University administration and faculty, students, community organizations, and other interested individuals who meet throughout the year to discuss issues of importance in the community and to work to develop positive relationships between the University and the community.

Created in 1991, the original Town-Gown Committee was established at the direction of Eastern President David G. Carter to address student-related issues with local neighbors. The Committee was facilitated jointly by Eastern’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Windham’s First Selectman. In 2002, the Town-Gown Committee embarked on a strategic planning process, to develop a vision, a mission, and long-term goals. At that time, the Committee changed its name to the Windham/Eastern Community Action Network, keeping “Town-Gown Committee” as a subtitle. The name change reflects the collaborative, active nature of the organization while aligning with its original purpose.

In 2013, we celebrated our 21st year as a dedicated partnership working to improve the quality of living and learning of all community members. Under the dynamic leadership of President Elsa Nuñez, Eastern is committed to further enhancing the relationship between the University and the vibrant, creative, and innovative community in which its students and employees live and work. Please join us at our next meeting!