Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date April 20, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Central Michigan University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mitchel Hartman
Affiliation Agreements Coordinator
Academic Effectiveness
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Central Michigan University & Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan Affiliation Agreements

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Central Michigan University (CMU) and the Saginaw- Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (SCIT of MI), entered into a formal community partnership in 2007. For the past decade, CMU and SCIT of MI, have worked collaboratively to enhance the social equity & well being, economic prosperity, as well as ecological health of the local community, CMU & the Tribe's infrastructure and operations, additional to all individuals included within these boundaries. This partnership is mutually beneficial, ongoing and focuses on all areas of sustainability.

CMU has provided support for SCIT of MI in many ways. One such outlet, is the use of financial resources to provide the SCIT of MI with undergraduate and graduate level interns and graduate assistants. These individuals apply research to improve the sustainable use of resources, increase efficiency within operations and infrastructure and conduct cultural & diversity enhancement projects.

An example of one such application, includes a feasibility study of modeling CMU's composting program at the Soaring Eagle Casino. CMU is working with the SCIT of MI to identify the most efficient way to create a comprehensive organics recovery operation, in conjunction with the University's existing program.

Programs such as a co-mentoring program & the Youth Lead program, have catalyzed an increase in the social equity & well being of community members & students alike. These programs offer unique opportunities for individuals to engage in cross-cultural mentoring in an academic setting, as well as in a personal setting. Further, these programs increase academic success, leading to enriched economic prosperity within affected community members.

In 2014, CMU & the SCIT of MI, formally created the Tribal Planning Department, which addresses developmental aspects of new cultural, economic and ecological initiatives.

CMU & the SCIT of MI, collaborate comprehensively in partnership endeavors. As such, all parties, including SCIT of MI members, classified as underrepresented groups/vulnerable populations, engage in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review, equally. Working together, CMU & the SCIT of MI have created a long-lasting and highly beneficial partnership.

Please reference attachment below for formal affiliation agreement and program information.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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