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HSI's Strategic Planning

Creating a vision for the future

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In the autumn of 2019, the Hanley Sustainability Institute launched a partnership with Design Impact (DI), a social innovation nonprofit based in Cincinnati. The groups are working together to create a strategic vision for HSI that will outline the role the institute will play on and off campus.

The vision is being shaped through broad and deep community engagement with many of HSI's stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty and community partners. A core team of UD staff and faculty from various departments have guided the process.

DI has facilitated several campus-wide listening sessions and focus groups to better understand what sustainability means to people and how they view HSI's position and role in elevating sustainability on campus and in the community.

HSI staff members also interviewed current and prospective community partners and studied other institutes and campus sustainability initiatives around the country. The emerging themes will be studied and refined to help determine HSI's strategic vision.

The focus groups included 13 faculty members, 24 students, 14 operations representatives and 10 Marianists. HSI staff members talked to 22 community partners in 1-on-1 conversations, 72 people in student "pop up" meetings and 30 more people in a listening session.

DI's engagement summary (see below) for HSI recently was finalized. The strategic planning process will continue during the 2020-21 school year.

"With the Institute in its fifth year, this seemed like the right time to take a step back from all of the work we've been engaged in, and to ask some big picture questions: What areas should HSI focus on in the coming years? How can we best leverage our resources and partnerships to make an impact? How can we ensure that all of our stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, and community members) are engaged in sustainability?" said Ben McCall, HSI's executive director.

"We've invested a lot of time this academic year in the process of discovering what opportunities and challenges these stakeholders see. The engagement summary now released is the product of that discovery process, and sets the stage for a collaborative strategic visioning process we plan to launch in the fall."