Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.26
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.51 / 5.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:


Additional documentation to support the submission:

An approximate total for the 2017-18 academic year is: 3,969 students. However, this is a very conservative value captured only through our Ryerson Urban Farm Volunteer Program and Student Life programming including: Lead Blue & Gold, Volunteer Link, Reach, the Therapy Dog Program, Tri Mentoring Program and Level Up. Ryerson Urban Farm’s Drop in Volunteer Program is a weekly volunteer session where the farm’s on-ground gardens were cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers. Participants were able to experience growing an urban flower farm, recycled container gardens, pollinator farm and a perennial garden located in various underutilized spaces across campus. 600+ students attended Leadership Workshops through Lead Blue & Gold this year. Lead BLUE & GOLD is a two-tiered program that provides, tracks, and recognizes student leadership activity on and off-campus. Students also have access to the Lead BLUE leadership curriculum module. Volunteer Link connects Ryerson students to volunteer opportunities across Student Life. In the VolunteerLink Kick-Off Event (x1) 40 students attended, At the VolunteerLink Community Meet-Up (x1) approximately 20 students attended. There are 45 students involved in the VolunteerLink Community Trips initiative (x2). Reach is RU Leadership’s Leadership Coaching Program is a peer-coaching program that gives students the opportunity to connect about leadership. Interested students are matched up with extensively-trained student leaders, who meet with them one-on-one to provide in-depth coaching. There have been 170 students involved in REACH this term (including Members and Coaches). In the Therapy Dog Program this year, 1680+ students participated in 25 events facilitated. There are 5 weekly student volunteers as part of Therapy Dog Volunteer Committee The Student Leadership Conference had 150+ students delegates with 7 dedicated students part of the Conference Planning Committee and 20+ students part of the Conference Volunteer Group. The Tri-Mentoring Program is a centralized model that offers mentorship opportunities to students of all identities across all faculties. The program matches 1st year students with upper year students in the same program or with similar interests in order to help incoming students successfully transition into their 1st year at Ryerson. Level Up is Ryerson University’s co-curricular recognition program, that captures campus involvement through an official university document. The program had 232 student attendees at 31 events/workshops during the 17-18 academic year. However, there are many more volunteer opportunities on campus including through student clubs and organizations, as well as efforts off-campus in community groups that aren’t being accounted for.

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