In 2015, a group of residents from the Town of Castleton and staff from the university came together to brainstorm ideas to improve town-gown efforts, and from that effort the Bridge Initiative was created.
The Bridge Initiative is composed of Town of Castleton residents, Castleton University personnel, and students working together to foster bonds of understanding and good will. Since May of 2015, the initiative has been raising awareness of resources for learning, enrichment and entertainment, and developing innovative joint ventures.
The Bridge Initiative has approximately 15 active members who have devoted time and energy to building multiple "bridges" connecting the university and the community, including:
Members of the Bridge Initiative represent town government, including the town manager and recreation department staff; local business owners; community groups like the Lions Club, Castleton Women's Club, Lake Bomoseen Association; and Castleton Historical Society; and Main Street residents. Castleton University is represented by faculty from Natural Sciences, Sociology, and Political Science; staff from the library and the Education department; Residence Life and Student Life staff; and the Office of Advancement. Student Government Association sends its vice president of community relations.