Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Veronica Gonzales
Vice President
Office of the VP for Business Affairs
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Covid Minds at Work-UTRGV School of Medicine Population Health & Biostatistics & RGV Safety Clinics

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?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:
UTRGV School of Medicine Population Health & Biostatistics department has an ongoing partnership with RGV safety net clinics such as Nuestra Clinica del Valle, Rio Grande State Center, Brownsville Community Health Center, Hope Family Health Center, Su Clinica Harlingen, UTRGV’s School of Medicine AHEC Clinics, and El Milagro Clinic. The department´s efforts to provide support and solutions to its partners during the pandemic inspired and mobilized other departments which resulted in the initiative Covid Minds at Work. Through this initiative, the UTRGV Theater department crafted and donated PPE to the Hope Family Health Center in McAllen.

https://www.utrgv.edu/newsroom/2020/05/20-utrgv-serving-rgv-safety-net-clinics-during-covid-19-pandemic.htm

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
UTRGV & Hidalgo Prosperity Task Force

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):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
The County of Hidalgo (home to UTRGV) is among the poorest counties in the United States. To address this, a grant was awarded to Hidalgo county judge Richard F. Cortez by the national service program AmeriCorps/VISTA to develop a youth leadership academy. The aim of this academy is to teach the next generation of leaders about the complexities of poverty. To develop the curriculum of the academy, judge Cortez is forming an advisory board in which UTRGV functions as a key partner.

https://texasborderbusiness.com/americorps-vista-approves-grant-to-hidalgo-county-judge-richard-f-cortez-for-the-creation-of-a-youth-leadership-academy/

Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement Partnerships

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? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Working under UTRGV´s Division of Research and New Program Development, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA) aims to improve agricultural sustainability and advance rural communities through multidisciplinary approaches that involve environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability, while engaging UTRGV faculty and students in research, education, and experiential learning. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Agricultural University this center is key for both UTRGV and its community. Its partnerships are essential to generate meaningful, and culturally relevant knowledge and change. SARA´s community partners include, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Hill Tops Gardens (tropical healing garden in the RGV), HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability, La Semilla Food Center, PPC Farms (family-owned and operated farm), Proyecto Desarrollo Humano (non-profit assisting colonias), Rio Farms Inc (non-profit research and demonstrational operation), Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (CBO TMBC), Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers (CBO TSFR), Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).

https://www.utrgv.edu/sara/partners/index.htm

A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
UTRGV has earned the elective, evidence-based designation, which recognizes the university’s efforts to engage with community partners, build on community assets and address a wide array of community challenges. When it comes to improving the social and economic mobility of students, there are few institutions in the nation that make more of an impact than UT Rio Grande Valley.

Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
UTRGV’s community partnerships work toward the sustainability developmental goal of quality education, reducing inequalities, sustainable communities, and partnerships for the goal by addressing sustainability challenges in the community through formal partnerships with school districts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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