Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Community Engagement Center

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):
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:

Since 2007, the Community Engagement Center (CEC), through the Division of Diversity Community Engagement (DDCE) has worked to fulfill the tenants listed below through building a more positive relationship between the university and under-served communities in Austin.

With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
DDCE has been charged with:

-ensuring the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding community,
-ensuring that community engagement remains central to the University’s core academic mission, and
-serving as a catalyst to create new opportunities for expanded and more coordinated ties between the university and the community

The CEC is the home base for many community partnerships. Several other community organizations also have office space in the CEC.

http://diversity.utexas.edu/communitycenter/about/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative

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):
Short-term project or event

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):

The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative (CPSCI) is a community planning process to design a Master Plan for 300 acres of publicly-owned land in Northeast Austin.The initiative is led by the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, in partnership with the Colony Park Neighborhood Association, FARR Associates, Urban Design Group, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The UT Public Engagement Team (PET), a program within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, assists with outreach efforts for the CPSCI planning process and offers capacity building support for the neighborhoods surrounding the project site.

http://diversity.utexas.edu/colonypark/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
The Regional Foundation Library

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

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):
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 (3rd partnership):

The Regional Foundation Library provides comprehensive education and resources to all individuals and organizations involved in grant-making, grant-seeking and funding development.

Opening in 1962, the center has a long history as the fifth-oldest Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner. The TGRC began as a dream of Dr. Robert L. Sutherland, the first President of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, a grantmaking and operating foundation that is an administrative unit of The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sutherland recognized the critical importance of providing information and facilitating open communication between tax-exempt entities seeking funds and the growing number of grantmakers, especially those in Texas.

In 2007, the Hogg Foundation and TGRC became part of the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) with the TGRC becoming a separate unit within DDCE. It is now housed in the DDCE’s Community Engagement Center. Its patrons include representatives of nonprofit programs and services, educational entities, charitable organizations, faith-based programs and services, governmental entities, as well as individuals.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Community Engagement Center is reported here as the central entity through which UT Austin maintains community partnerships.

Since its founding in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has had a rich history of community engagement and service, with service as a key component of its mission. With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, the university is building on its foundation of engagement in new ways.
DDCE has been charged with:

-ensuring the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding community,
-ensuring that community engagement remains central to the University’s core academic mission, and
-serving as a catalyst to create new opportunities for expanded and more coordinated ties between the university and the community

Since 2007, the Community Engagement Center has worked to fulfill these tenants through building a more positive relationship between the university and underserved communities in Austin.

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