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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nicole Holland, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor; Director of Health Communication, Education, and Promotion
Department of Public Health and Community Service; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine: Diversity Engagement Survey

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) has administered its first institutional climate assessment that focuses exclusively on diversity and inclusion. The purpose of the TUSDM DES was to determine the following: 1) degree of engagement by all faculty, students, and staff at TUSDM 2) inclusive characteristics of TUSDM and 3) degree to which diverse groups experience inclusion at TUSDM. The DES is a validated survey instrument that has been used by academic medical centers across the nation. TUSDM is the first dental school to administer the survey.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The results of this survey have resulted in the following: 1) formation of a formalized diversity and inclusion subcommittee at TUSDM 2) evaluation of current inclusion programming and 3) development of TUSDM's first Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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