|Submission Date||Jan. 28, 2016|
Sterling College (VT)
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement
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:
Our Director of Community Outreach is tasked with leading the charge on engaging in community building activities that inform and engage community members about college planning, events, and other pertinent information. We also participate in other local nonprofit organizations, and bring information back to the Sterling College community for wider support, participation, and discussion.
A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:
The Director of Community Outreach sits on the board of many local non-profits, including the Greensboro Nursing Home; Sterling College faculty and administrators sit on the Town Planning Commission, the Town Energy Committee, and the Water Use Board. Faculty also do a great deal of outreach with migrant workers in Vermont.
List of identified community stakeholders:
The Town of Craftsbury, including the Town Planning Commission, the Water Board, and the Town Energy Committee; Green Mountain Club; Craftsbury Academy; Greensboro Nursing Home; the Town of Greensboro; the Town of Hardwick, the Center for an Agricultural Economy, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.
A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:
For the past three years, Sterling College has led "Pies for People," turning food that was originally destined for compost into delicious pies. The College partnered with community nonprofits such as the Center for an Agricultural Economy, and took donated ingredients from High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete's Greens, King Arthur Flour, and Cabot Creamery, and turned them into healthful pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, donated to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.
The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available: