2017-2022 CCE Strategic Plan

Welcome! Please take a moment to read through our strategic plan. It is currently in final stages of drafting. We invite you to submit any comments or feedback below. The plan below includes Goals and Strategies but not tactics. All of your comments are anonymous if you choose to make them so. For information or feedback please contact The Spark Mill (our facilitators) at sarah@thesparkmill.com or lindsey@thesparkmill.com.  

VALUES 

We value COLLABORATION as a process of co-creation that enhances the communities of which we are a part.

We value LIFELONG LEARNING that is enriched by reflection and grounded in context.

We value FULL PARTICIPATION as an inclusive approach that seeks out and considers diverse perspectives, recognizes participants as whole people, and invites individuals to contribute meaningfully.

We value INTENTIONALITY as a commitment to making strategic and sustainable choices.

VISION (updated)

We envision the University of Richmond as a vital partner and contributor to a thriving Richmond region and we envision our students graduating with the skills needed to be civically engaged in their future communities.

MISSION (updated)

The CCE activates students for lifelong social responsibility and supports faculty, staff, and community stakeholders in social change efforts that value the knowledge and assets existing in our communities.


2017-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN (DRAFT)

ALIGN, CONVENE, AND FACILITATE STAKEHOLDERS TO POSITIVELY ADDRESS SPECIFIC, PRESSING REGIONAL NEEDS

1.1. Identify impact areas that could benefit most from UR’s strengths
1.2. Form think/act tanks around specific questions and issues highlighted that utilize UR and community member strengths in order to address needs
1.3. Support existing coalitions and offer high value participation
1.4 Educate students for meaningful civic participation and reflection

 


CHAMPION CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ON CAMPUS AND IN THE REGION

2.1. Celebrate and acknowledge UR’s civic engagement efforts through annual reports, awards program and communications
2.2. Support and advocate for community engaged scholarship and teaching
2.3 Tap into the gifts and talents of staff in order to meet the needs of our greater community and contribute to professional development and well-being
2.4. Honor and utilize the expertise of partners, citizens, and alumni
2.5. Connect faculty and staff with opportunities for active citizenship in community organizations
2.6 Facilitate regional efforts and discussion around coordination and alignment of volunteer engagement across multiple sectors
2.7 Develop resources, processes, and structures that support and catalyze stakeholder’s civic engagement ideas


REDUCE BARRIERS TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT PARTICIPATION ALONG A ROBUST SPECTRUM OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

3.1. Create and support new avenues for student engagement and leadership in civic engagement
3.2. Examine our community organization relationships and build future engagement modes that are responsive to stakeholder needs
3.3.  Expand modes of engagement in order to support alignment with faculty, student, staff and community partners’ needs
3.4 Diversify participating stakeholders by reaching out to new audiences
3.5 In partnership with others, respond to current events to provide educational context and grounding
3.6 Ensure full participation in civic engagement activities is possible for all students 

 


STRENGTHEN INTERNAL OPERATIONS TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT

4.1 Re-organize staff based on strategic goals and priorities
4.2. Improve onboarding, communication, and registration processes for stakeholders
4.3. Communicate the story of CCE to drive participation and general understanding of organization
4.4 Analyze our overall budget and organize fundraising as needed to support our strategic goals
4.5 Develop a strategic direction for UR Downtown with stakeholders on and off campus
4.6 Cultivate creative modes of assessment to drive our work, decisions, and to contribute to a national conversation about assessment in higher education


If you have any comments please feel free to reach out to Sylvia Gale directly at sgale@richmond.edu.