Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date March 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of San Diego
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Trey McDonald
Director of Sustainability and Energy Manager
Sustainability
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff No

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

The Associated Student Government serves the University of San Diego undergraduates as official representatives, who promote opportunities for growth and expression, address student issues, and enrich a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community. All undergraduate students belong to the ASG.

The Graduate Student Council serves the needs of graduate and law students to build and maintain a strong USD graduate student community and advocate for grad student issues.

The University Senate is a forum for faculty input on matters of significance to the university. This body consists of several senators elected by the faculty, the academic deans, provost, and president, a representative of the associated students, a graduate student representative, and a law student representative.

The Community of Human Resources creates excitement and engagement for the all employees of USD by cultivating a culture of care through activities and programs that promote service leadership, rewards and recognition, and community outreach.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
51

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
10

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
6

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
21

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
41.18

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

USD is part of the Linda Vista community, and the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action partnered with community members to develop an advisory board with both campus representatives and Linda Vista community members (https://www.sandiego.edu/mccasa/anchor-institution/anchor-communities/linda-vista-anchor-institution.php). Per Chris Nayve, USD Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Director of the Mulvaney Center, the Linda Vista Advisory Board was co-developed to ensure that local residents and leaders have access to all members of the USD community to address some of the pressing issues in the community. Here is a link of how having a community-based governing structure allowed for some community/faculty collaborations that benefited the community within the anchor institution framework: https://www.sandiego.edu/news/detail.php?_focus=79378


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
17

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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