Los Angeles : Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC)
Serving approximately 21,000 students primarily from the greater Los Angeles area, CSU Los Angeles is organized into six colleges that incorporate 50 academic departments and divisions offering a variety of majors. CSU Los Angeles is also the highest ranked California institution conferring bachelor’s degrees on Hispanics. CSU Los Angeles has been home to the Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) program since 1966. EPIC promotes community service learning by creating opportunities for university students to implement classroom theory in real-life situations. Through community service, EPIC inspires and enables university students to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens by volunteering in a wide range of agencies serving a broad spectrum of communities throughout the Los Angeles area. EPIC places 4,500 students in volunteer and service-learning roles each year.
With the support of the administration, staff, and community partners, student leaders are the keystone of the program and the basis for its continued success in serving the community. At EPIC, 55 student leaders serve in coordinating roles that encourage and support all aspects of community engagement. The student program coordinators at EPIC assist academic service-learning faculty and students, develop campus-wide service events, promote and organize volunteer opportunities, nurture community partnerships, and provide direct service as K-12 tutors for math and reading. The EPIC program is housed in the Division of Student Affairs, but collaborates with Academic Affairs through a Faculty Director of Civic Engagement. EPIC is primarily supported through University General Funds and Work Study Allocations, but funding is also provided by the Associated Students, a special systemwide allocation from the CSU, Instructionally Related Activities funding, and small external grants.
Director of EPIC
The CSU Center for Community Engagement gratefully acknowledges the Surdna Foundation for its generous and visionary support of The Next Stage: Boosting Service Learning to New Heights, three-year grant initiative.