Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.82
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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Dalhousie University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

Dalhousie has established guiding principles and terms of reference for Dalhousie University Community Committee that has been in operation for 10 years. The membership is comprised of representatives from the neighbourhoods surrounding our three urban campuses, Dalhousie, city council, Halifax police, business associations, University of King's College, student union (King's and Dal) and students (both on and off-campus). The committee meets 4 times annually, and may meet more if needed.


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

Community stakeholders such as local community members and local government officials are involved in the planning process for a number of Dalhousie building and operational projects. The level of involvement ranges from the provision of information to gathering and incorporating advice.
Concrete examples includes:
· Local government officials involvement in campus master planning
· Community meetings and consultation on a number of university building projects including a specific e-distribution list.
· Program development for broader community –university initiatives like Share the Road campaign
· The Restorative Justice Pilot program which engages community stakeholders. The steering committee has representatives from Dal, the province, the police and involves community members in the circle process and also engages students.
· The President's community meeting is held annually. Invites are distributed to over 4,000 homes in Halifax and also sent out through our e-distribution list.

· Members of the community from various background are involved as University Board of Governors.


List of identified community stakeholders:

Local government officials
Halifax Police
Business associations
Dalhousie students
University of King's College students
City council

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

1. A recent noteworthy effort related to community and campus engagement includes the 100 Days of Listening process and follow-up focus group sessions. Themes from these events shaped the structure of new University Strategic Plan. One of the key strategic priorities of the plan is community service.
2. Some of the Dalhousie University Community Committee (DUCC) accomplishments include
- Supported city councillors in changing a land-use bylaw that effectively stopped the conversion of single family dwellings to mega-rooming houses
-Installation of waste receptacles on the perimeter of campus (on HRM property but emptied by Dalhousie staff) and select ‘hot spots’ on campus

The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:
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