Center for Community Engagement

Storytelling and Research Preserve Community History

From helping to restore a historic vessel, to researching the impacts on Latino communities displaced by development, to discovering questionable ethical psychiatric practices, CSU students gain insight into how storytelling, service and in-depth research go hand-in-hand in their learning and understanding of people, policies and practices.

View campus service-learning projects
that are preserving community history:
Cal Maritime
Cal Maritime

In 2015, Cal Maritime’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, held at the historic ship Red Oak Victory docked in Richmond, California, involved 47 cadets in 324 hours of service to the ongoing restoration project.

CSU Channel Islands
Channel Islands

Oxnard's historic Wagon Wheel community was demolished in 2014 and replaced with a 120-unit apartment complex, displacing low-income immigrants and Spanish-speaking field workers with strong ties of history, community and identity.

CSU San Bernardino
CSU San Bernardino

CSUSB history students and Patton State Hospital staff cataloged hundreds of photos, documents and artifacts for Southern California’s first museum of past psychiatric practices. Patton, California’s first homeopathic state hospital, offered then-innovative treatments.