Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
West Chester University and Chester County Food Bank Partnership

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-focused

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:

West Chester University partners with the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) for various projects, including: 1) ongoing recognition of the WCU Resource Pantry as a Tier II Member Agency with the CCFB. The CCFB provides the Pantry with unlimited supply of non-perishable food items and other resources, including staff training. The WCU Resource Pantry supports student success by minimizing food and basic need insecurity and preparing students for life after graduation. 2) The CCFB partners with WCU to provide community service and volunteer opportunities to WCU students, for both curricular and co-curricular purposes. 3) The CCFB works closely with the WCU campus gardens to provide training, support and materials for both students and staff/faculty.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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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? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

Throughout West Chester University there are many examples of institutional commitments to building sustainable, mutually beneficial, and transformative community partnerships with stakeholders in the region, state, nation, and beyond. In 2010, WCU first received the Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement, based on evidence that the institution was engaged in mutually beneficial partnerships with the larger community and thoroughly committed to this work. In February 2020, WCU received the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification endorsement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of 359 campuses to be so honored. Applying for the re-designation involved data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitment related to community engagement. Many of the community partnerships between WCU and the community are multifaceted, meaningful and sustainable. Partnerships exist across disciplines and industries.


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: Pamela Frontino, Associate Director, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs (pfrontino@wcupa.edu), and Jodi Roth-Saks, former Director of the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs.

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