Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.68 / 5.00 Rochelle Owen
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Dalhousie outlines the support for community work in workplace agreements ex.- DPMG handbook: "7.6 Volunteer Work

The university encourages participation by all of its employees in university and community volunteer work. Time commitments should be arranged with the employee’s supervisor so that they do not interfere with the fulfillment of regular responsibilities." https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/dept/hr/Employee-Relations/DPMG-Handbook-Dec-2016.pdf

There is currently no tracking of employee volunteer hours as it is left up to the units to administer.

Some examples of workplace - community initiatives include:

Dalhousie’s mission includes an important service aspect. The university works hard to engage and serve the community through projects and charitable initiatives in many ways. The largest community fundraiser on campus is the United Way campaign held each fall on the Halifax and Truro campuses and employees are actively encouraged to participate. https://www.dal.ca/faculty_staff/united-way.html. The funds raised go to local, non-profit agencies in Halifax and Colchester County in Nova Scotia ranging from women's shelters, family/parent support services, Boys & Girls Clubs, to learning disability organizations.

Other charitable/community projects on campus include:

Daffodil Campaign in support of the Canadian Cancer Society

Human Rights - Dalhousie has representation on the community-based, not-for-profit Partners for Human Rights committee, which is made up of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and organizations and community groups dedicated to working toward respectful and inclusive communities.

Prevention of sexualized violence – Dalhousie engages in many community-based initiatives aimed at addressing sexualized violence, including the establishment of a Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource group of stakeholders and participation in on- and off-campus fundraising events and other various campaigns and education initiatives. Dalhousie’s Harassment Prevention Advisor is currently the Chair of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Board.

LGBTQ2SIA+ Collaborative (Collaborative+) is a forum for communication between, and collaboration among, campus stakeholder groups engaged in efforts to foster a climate of respect and inclusion for LGBTQ2SIA+ students, staff and faculty. The Collaborative+ is a place for campus community members involved in LGBTQ2SIA+ related work to create communities of support and to build personal and organizational capacity to influence LGBTQ2SIA+ positive shifts in the campus climate.

Halifax Pride Parade - employees and students volunteer as part of Halifax's Pride Parade, in support of tolerance and diversity.

Pink Day – this anti-bullying event engages on- and off-campus communities.

Dentistry Clinic—employees offer a clinic where any community member can have dentistry services performed at a discounted rate.

Legal Clinic—employees offer legal aid service to community members who are eligible for legal aid under provincial guidelines.

Doctors without Borders—Many Dalhousie physicians (as part of our Dalhousie Medical School) volunteer their time to go to countries around the world to provide medical aid.

Mi’kmaq History Month- Each October, community activities, events, sharing and showcasing the Mi’kmaw history take place across Nova Scotia. Events held on campus include a traditional salmon dinner, Treaty Flag Raising Ceremony, and Orange Shirt Day.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Methodology for data collection:
Student data was derived from the Winter 2020 NSSE survey. (National Survey of Student Engagement). From this survey: 1st year students – 39.2% report participating in community service, with the majority volunteering between 2.3 hours. 4th year students – 46.4% report participating in community service, with majority volunteering between 2.6 hours. We used an average of 41.3% for community service engagement.
We used 32 weeks of volunteer service per year to reflect the main school year of three terms. 43% of our student count is 8030 x 32 weeks x 2.5 hours per week= 616,704 hours.

An innovative program developed by Dalhousie to enable students build stronger connections with the community is DalConnect Certificate Program. This program pairs interactive workshops with community volunteering after which a certificate is awarded. Find more information: https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/career-and-leadership/career-leadership-programs/DALConnects.html

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