Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Patrice Langevin
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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Pitzer College
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tessa Peterson
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Assistant VP of Community Engagement
Urban Studies
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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:

Each year, Pitzer invites community stakeholders to participate in the Community Engagement Center's Steering Committee. It is policy of this committee to ensure that the committee is made up of representatives from community partnerships, community engaged faculty, students and staff. Under the leadership and the guidance of the Steering Committee, the Community Engagement Center (CEC) provides input regarding Pitzer's institutional and departmental planning. The CEC Steering Committee plays a vital role in the center’s activities including:

Strategic planning of the center
Awarding fellowships and recognition
Guiding assessment, policy, and curricular and co-curricular program efforts

Additionally, CEC staff members meet with our community partners regularly throughout the year to establish, revise and re-work our memorandums of understanding to ensure reciprocity and capacity building within the partnership. Finally, as mentioned, we place strong emphasis in creating reciprocal relationships where there is constant communication occurring between our office and our community partners.

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

Members of the CEC steering committee include community stakeholders that are established partners of the College, that host student internships, partner with faculty on collaborative research projects, and that are staple partners in our ongoing community engagement activities. These all include vulnerable or underrepresented groups, due to the nature of our work in communities and who those communities are.

List of identified community stakeholders:

Past and/or current community stakeholders include executive or program directors from the following local community organizations:

Jumpstart (early childhood literacy program)
LA County Department of Health (center of disease control and public health initiatives)
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (day labor/immigration rights center)
Uncommon Good (educational and environmental community development program)

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

Community stakeholders engage in policy decisions, program activities, strategic planning and daily operations through the work on our steering committee. Some concrete examples that have resulted have included:
- Redesigning our student orientations and trainings for community engagement
- Crafting a policy proposal regarding how community engagement is factored into both student learning graduation requirements at the College and tenure/promotion review of faculty at the College
- Oversight of student policy initiatives and programming proposals
- The creation of new community internship fellowship with the LA County Department of Health (center of disease control and public health initiatives), due to the involvement of the director of this program in our steering committee

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