San José: Legacy Building Initiatives
San José State (SJSU) is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny. San José is the third largest city in the state and the 10th largest city in the United States and is considered to be the capital of Silicon Valley. With approximately 30,000 students, SJSU offers more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.
Staff and students from the Center for Community Learning and Leadership (CCLL) and the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center (CCCAC) launched the Legacy Building Initiative to further cement the partnership between their two campus-based programs.
A student planning committee designed and hosted a retreat where engaged students (primarily) and faculty/staff convened to develop a student-driven, campus-wide, co-curricular, community engagement vision and strategic plan necessary to support coalition building.
Following the retreat, participants continued to have on-going conversations about strategies for promoting and supporting both campus and community engagement efforts. Additionally, they are working to secure funding for future retreats that institutionalize these efforts.
Program Coordinator, Cesar E Chavez Community Action Center
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.