Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Morris
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The Morris Model

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

For several years, the Morris campus has been the lead organizing partner of the Morris Model (morrismodel.org). The Morris Model is working in several main areas: energy conservation, clean energy, community resilience, cultural exchange and celebration. The Morris Model has earned several awards for its efforts.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Morris Intercultural Initiative and Outreach Programs

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Due to the incredible growth in the Latino community, largely due to the growth of large, factory farms in the region, Morris and its partners have made a concerted effort to engage with the Spanish-speaking community through multiple programs, including: 1) the Morris Intercultural Education Initiative, a partnership with the local schools to ensure that Spanish-speaking parents are fully engaged in their children's education and children receive the support they need to succeed; 2) the ESL TREC (Tutoring, Reading, and Empowering Children) program to ensure that Latino children from pre-K through Grade 8 have literacy and social/emotional programming available; 3) the Community ESL Program, comprised of seven levels of classes taught by UMM students at three sites for adult learners; and 4) Jane Addams, a bilingual discussion group for UMM students and Spanish-speaking community members to discuss issues including culture, family, and social and environmental justice.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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