CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 6
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
February 6, 2004

News Stories


CSU Long Beach's Community Service Learning Center has compiled a list of discipline- specific resources.

A CSU San Marcos student captures a Native American pictograph on video.

Campus Spotlight

CSU San Marcos Anthropology and Computer Art students are utilizing course concepts to help the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Indians create an indigenous plant garden at the site of a historical pictograph rock. One of the many benefits of this partnership is the creation of a rich account of the Luiseno culture. The students have furthered this partnership by creating an exhibition that educates the public about Native American traditions. The students' works of art have been on display at the San Luis Rey Mission and will be showcased at the inaugural opening of the CSUSM library.

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As part of Sonoma State University’s Project SCHOLARS Program, AmeriCorps members meet with their tutees four times a week.

Service - A Vital Part of CA's Economy

Every day CSU students contribute through various forms of community service learning to California's economic development. According to a 2003 survey, CSU students provide over 29.7 million hours of service. This level of involvement translates to the equivalent minimum wage value of approximately $200.5 million. The Golden Asset report recently released by CSU Sacramento recognizes the regional impact CSUS student volunteers have on their community when they volunteer. At minimum wage alone, CSUS students’ 2.3 million hours of volunteer work each year is worth $15.5 million.



Students at Four CSU Campuses Lead a Civic Action Program

Over the next two and half years, student teams from four CSU campuses- Humboldt, Monterey Bay, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo- will lead the Students in Action (SIA) Program. With a small mini-grant, these teams will strengthen their skills and knowledge by identifying critical civic issues.

The SIA student leaders will focus on numerous possibilities for engagement – from academic service-learning research and curriculum development to hands-on community service activities. Students from both Humboldt and San Luis Obispo will address the issue of hunger and homelessness, while San Jose students will create and sustain a mentor program for local K-12 students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education, and Monterey Bay will explore the connections between service and past social justice movements through a newly developed course: “Service and Social Justice.” These student leaders will also engage other CSU students as volunteers to address these identified civic issues.

While each campus and community is distinct, the SIA projects do share a commonality for ensuring that student voice and civic engagement are central to student learning and the transformation of academic culture in the CSU. For more information about the SIA program, contact Judy Botelho, SIA project manager.

The SIA Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is part of the “Realizing the Civic Mission of Education” grant.

CSU Practitioners Present at Upcoming Conference

A number of CSU service-learning practitioners will present at the Seventh Annual Continuums of Service (COS) Conference, March 10-12, 2004, in San Diego. Here is a preview of the CSU’s involvement:

  • “Recognize Them and They Will Come: Strengthening Civic Engagement Efforts through a Comprehensive Recognition Program” a workshop presented by Chris Fiorentino and Trisha Studt from CSU Fresno
  • “What Lights the Fire of Civic Engagement? How Students Develop the Knowledge, Skills and Commitment for Multicultural Community Building,” a workshop presented by Pamela Motoike, Seth Pollack and Brenda Shinault from CSU Monterey Bay
  • “Service and Service-Learning: Help or Hindrance on the Road to Social Justice and Civic Engagement” a workshop facilitated by several students from CSU Los Angeles- La Nett Adams, Christina Covarrubias, Luis Melendez, Chris Maico- and Mui Sam Le, a student from San Jose State University

Join these talented leaders by attending the COS Conference – the deadline to register is February 27, 2004