Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.76
Liaison Diane Fout
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Transylvania University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Natasha Begin
Office of Community Engagement
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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:

Project One has initiated a strategic plan for guiding criteria that must be considered by all institutional partnerships/projects. This criteria will become guiding policy by which all departments must complete in order to engage in a new partnership or project with a community partner. For ongoing community engagement partnerships, Memorandums of Understanding will be drafted to help ensure shared expectations, goals, and assessment.

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

As an institution, we target our efforts toward our local neighborhood which is largely comprised of underrepresented citizens and identify as low socio-economic status. Thus, one of our guiding criteria pertains to resources/accessibility for our local neighborhood. We engage with community stakeholders through educational outreach efforts, volunteer efforts, and membership on local community neighborhood associations.

List of identified community stakeholders:

City Commissioners for Social Services
Non-Profit Partners (The Nest, West End Community Empowerment Center, God's Pantry Food Bank, YMCA, The Carnegie Center for Literacy, Seedleaf, FoodChain, Habitat for Humanity Lexington)
Local Schools (3 elementary, 2 middle schools, 3 high schools)
Community Action Council, Northside Neighborhood Association, NAACP
The Plantory

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

We have grown our primary non-profit partnership to 6 sites (with MOUs in place)

We have grown our participation with city commissioners, neighborhood associations, and the NAACP

We have hosted 20 community partners and provided sponsorship to a local conference that helped to solidify partnerships beyond those we have previously had.

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