Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Isaac Green
Special Projects Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Shared Prosperity

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Western Michigan University and the City of Kalamazoo have made a partnership that will work to secure resources for marginalized communities, focusing on social, economic, and environmental disparities.

A GeoMap has been created to document and showcase WMU engagement around the city, state and country. The amount of time and community partner is indicated on the map for every volunteer event. This map goes beyond our community partnerships and attempts to document the efforts of the Shared Prosperity movement.


Specifically, the Shared Prosperity plan will:

a) coordinate with the V/MU Office of Community Outreach, the Shared Gold plan
for civic engagement, and with other entities and individuals across the University already engaged in community-based research and service;
b) facilitate the active involvement of WMU faculty, staff and students in the work of SPK through existing initiatives such as:
- the V/MU Signature Program, which encourages students to explore and
develop their interests through out-of-class learning experiences;
- the development of topic-specific work groups related to SPK goals and
strategies,grant writing, and other organizational strategies to be developed.
c) sponsor speakers, educational forums and participation in Shared Prosperity
Kalamazoo-related events that promote the alignment of V/MU scholarly efforts
in support of SPK.

See attached supporting documentation, MOU and Action Plan for Kalamazoo.




Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Coordination & Planning
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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