Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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Villanova University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

In an effort to engage the community on a regular basis, an email is sent out periodically through the University President's Office outlining upcoming events the community is invited to, large campus events that may affect traffic, recent news about the University, and useful links.

Villanova also has a number of programs and events the community is invited to enjoy, including, access to the campus fitness and recreation facilities, theater productions, the One Book Villanova program, discounted tickets to athletics events, and the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service.

Villanova representatives participate in and sponsor community events and the University conducts town hall-style meetings to discuss initiatives that could be of interest or concern to neighbors, such as capital projects.


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

Villanova’s mission is rooted in the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love. Service to others is an important component of the Villanova educational experience and is woven into activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Each year, members of the Villanova community provide almost 220,000 hours of community service locally, regionally and globally.
- Best Buddies, students form a one-on-one relationship with adults living with intellectual disabilities.
- College Weekend, gives underrepresented student exposure to the college experience, including SAT prep class, essay writing class, financial aid and administration presentations and cultural programs.
-Community Outreach of Villanova (COV), provides weekly trips to organizations around Philadelphia in need, including soup kitchens, nursing homes and after school programs.


List of identified community stakeholders:

The information below is from a 2010 report on Community Service and Civic Engagement. A new report will soon be released, as a result the previous report is no longer publicly availability. A link to the new report will be included upon its release.

Example of partnering organizations include:
- St. Elizabeth's Parish/Project H.O.M.E., 184 North 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA
- St. Martin dePorres Center, 2340 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
- Southwest Community Enrichment Center, 1341 S 46th St., Philadelphia, PA
- Don Guanella Schools
- Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Department of Recreation
-Habitat for Humanity
- North Light Community Center
- Blind Sports Organization (BSO)
- Share Food Program in Philadelphia
- Special Olympics of Pennsylvania
- A Baby’s Breath

+ Date Revised: Jan. 9, 2015

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

2014 marked the ninth annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. The event has grown from just over 1,000 volunteers working at 30 sites in its first year to now engaging more than 4,000 volunteers working at up to 150 sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. It is now one of the largest single day service events in the region. Many partnering organizations have turned into long-term relationships with work taking place throughout the year. Through this and other service events we are not only able to help those in need, but we teach our students the importance of helping others, and they carry that philosophy throughout their four years at Villanova and beyond.


The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:
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