February 7, 2008 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 5, NO. 4

Professor Sue Needham of CSU Domingez Hills

CSU Dominguez Hills' Anthropology Professor, Susan Needham, and CSUDH students with children in Takeo Province, Cambodia as part of the university's "Joy of Learning Cambodian Education Project."


Join Dr. Needham (pictured above) and your colleagues as they share their scholarship of engagement in collaboration with local and global communities at the 3rd Annual CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research: From Local to Global Perspectives on March 7-8, 2008 at the Westin LAX Hotel. The conference draws faculty from across all disciplines involved in service learning and community based research that addresses significant social needs. The registration deadline is Friday, February 15, 2008.

 

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CSU Fullerton’s Project SHINE, which has helped thousands of local immigrants learn English, was honored in January, with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. Since its inception in 2001, 564 Project SHINE students have volunteered more than 11,000 hours of service to 1,071 older immigrants. Full article.

Applications are now being accepted for Campus Compact's Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award and the Frank Newman Leadership Award.  Application deadline is March 21, 2008. 

As part of Campus Compact's 2008 Campus Vote Initiative, a new website has been launched to encourage students to take part in the upcoming elections.  The site features voter registration and education resources, ways to connect service with civic engagement, strategies for encouraging democratic participation, and model campus programs. The site also offers hands-on tools and templates for students, faculty, and community service staff as well as information on other nonpartisan democracy initiatives.

 

 


NEWS STORIES
Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement
The writings are based on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Political Engagement Project (PEP), a study of 21 college and university courses and co-curricular programs that address students’ preparation for democratic participation.  Educating for Democracy provides different approaches to political engagement – for the educator who wants to help undergraduates become more knowledgeable and engaged in many arenas of American democracy and public life, or for the curious learner intrigued by the idea of educating for political development but not quite sure what it means in practice. The book shares specific strategies for use in courses and in co-curriculum activities.  More Information.
Campus News

First-Year Students at CSU San Marcos Take on Policy Issues
Professor Natalie Wilson of CSU San Marcos teaches a freshman level Women’s Studies course in which students identify an issue or cause of importance to them,, research that cause, formulate a written plan of action, and implement that action. A policy project that has garnered interest from numerous students has been the oversight of corporations, such as WalMart, in relation to worker’s rights and compensation issues. Students generated a petition, garnering 1,500 signatures, asking people to stop shopping at Wal-Mart until the corporation rectified its pay and benefit policies. Another group worked with local schools and encouraged them to stop suggesting that parents buy their school supplies at Wal-Mart. Others passed out fliers and spoke to WalMart customers about the issues. Professor Wilson’s work will be featured in the 2007 monograph, Active Citizenship: Using Service-Learning to Teach Political Engagement. (The monograph is part of the larger Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Enduring Societal Issues series).

A Campus-Community Dialogue at
CSU East Bay

Forty CSU East Bay students enrolled in Professor Kim Geron’s Public Policy Analysis course organized a campus-community dialogue entitled, What is the Future of Public Higher Education? The event drew-in more than 100 participants and included research findings on the rising cost of education and the privatization of the costs to students and their families. Participants also explored the benefits of public higher education for California’s economy and society.  Guest speakers included local State Senator Ellen Corbett, local State Assembly member Alberto Torrico and CSU East Bay President Mo Quayoumi.  In collaboration, communications students filmed the event and interviewed participants as part of their class assignment.

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