Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kevin Miller
Sustainability Coordinator
Advancement
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Goshen College-Cofan Survival Fund Partnership

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?:
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Goshen College partners with the Fundacion de Sobrevivencia Cofán (FSC) and its sister
organization, the Cofan Survival Fund (CSF), a US-based 501c3 organization that raises
support for its Ecuadorian partner. The FSC was founded in 1999 by the indigenous Cofan
people who reside in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador. Goshen College students participate in
an off-campus May Term course, Ecological Economics in Ecuador, and the semester long
Ecuador Study Service Term (SST), focusing on sustainability and indigenous cultures. The
college programs provide monetary support for the Cofan’s land conservation initiatives and
bring awareness to the plight of the indigenous people, while the Cofan provide legal support,
community connections, and classroom space for the SST program as well as guides, lodging
and river transport for the May Term course.

Goshen College’s release of new study abroad location in Ecuador
https://www.goshen.edu/news/2019/03/26/ecuador-added-as-study-abroad-location-with-focus-
on-indigenous-cultures-and-sustainability/

Economics in Ecuador blog posts
https://www.goshen.edu/blogs/category/economics-ecuador/

Cofan Survival Fund website
http://www.cofan.org/


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? (2nd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (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):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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