Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.04
Liaison Shoshana Blank
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Tufts University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Patricia Campbell
Executive VP
Office of the Executive VP
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

All schools at Tufts have student councils or governments.
Undergraduate students elect a member to represent the student body at several committees on the Board of Trustees


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Friedman School of Nutrition Standing Committee on Social Justice, Inclusion, and Diversity:

The Committee’s work aligns with the goals and objectives determined by the School’s Strategic Plan, prioritizing the following: 1) ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School’s teaching, research projects, and partnerships; 2) expanding the field's appeal to groups that are typically underrepresented in the field of nutrition; and 3) working to reduce nutrition-related health inequities. The Committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students and may form subcommittees to address specific issues. The plans developed by the Committee are to be enacted in partnership with the relevant departments and programs within the Friedman School.

https://nutrition.tufts.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Initiated in Spring 2017, the Senate provides faculty representation from all Schools of the University “in order to facilitate and enhance the effectiveness of the governance of the University and further develop a shared sense of community among its members…”

Major issues focus on university-wide plans and policies. The schools are still autonomous, but issues that may impact/influence faculty at other schools can be brought before the senate for consideration. Its powers are not absolute, but the senate allows a central body in which issues that may be of concern to the entire university can be addressed and faculty can have a voice in these matters. Issues may be introduced from the administration or from faculty at the various schools.

(https://facultysenate.tufts.edu/)


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

The Tufts Medical School's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is committed to stakeholder engagement with medical research and improving health outcomes in the community.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement involves working collaboratively with and through members of a specific population to address disparities and improve health.

Our goal is to build the capacity for stakeholders and community members to participate in research, and for researchers to know how to best engage stakeholders and community members in research.

https://www.tuftsctsi.org/research-services/stakeholder-community-engagement/

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/communityengagement/pdf/PCE_Report_508_FINAL.pdf


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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