Jan/Feb 2010 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 7, NO. 3

Loretta Jones

Ms. Loretta Jones, M.A., founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, Phase II. Ms. Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 4th CSU Community-Based Research Regional Conferences.

4th CSU Conference on Community Based Research: Transforming Scholarship, Transforming All Our Lives

  • Northern Regional - March 5, 2010
    Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley, CA
  • Southern Regional - March 12, 2010
    CSU Los Angeles, Golden Eagle Building

Cost: CSU Faculty/Staff -$25; Students/Community Partners - $5;
Non-CSU Higher Education Participant - $40

Join community partners, students, staff and faculty to explore how campuses and communities can collaborate as co-researchers to address significant social issues in California and beyond, promote learning and development, and advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Ms. Loretta Jones, founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, II, in Los Angeles. Ms. Jones has an enormous amount of experience bridging higher education and local communities as co-researchers addressing disparities in human health, development and opportunity.  She is the lead author of numerous publications, including Ethnicity and Disease’s Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Strategies and Tactics for Improving Community Health.

Join us for a day of high quality, participatory CBR workshops, stimulating dialogues and research forums. About the CBR Regional Conferences. Registration open until February 25!



  • CSU Chico’s CAVE (Community Action Volunteers in Action) student leaders developed a volunteer recruitment video parodied after NBC’s “The Office."

  • The latest monograph in the Service Learning for Civic Engagement series, Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities edited by Anabel Pelham and Elizabeth Sills, will be released on May 2010 from Stylus Publishing. Congratulations to all CSU faculty involved in this monograph. Ordering Information.

  • The CSU Chancellor's Office, Center for Community Engagement has a FACEBOOK page! Become a fan and get the latest updates about service-learning and community engagement happening from our 23-campuses and our local-to-global partners.

CSU Campuses Reach Out to Help Haiti

CSU campuses have responded to the crisis in Haiti after a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the country on Jan. 12, followed by a 6.1-magnitude aftershock on Jan. 20.
CSU Press Release, and California Maritime Currents News Story (.pdf)


First-year students from Cal State LA

As part of Cal State Los Angeles’ Students Learning in Communities (SCL) program, first-year students, Tyeesha Hardiman, Roy Garcia, Ramon Ortega, and Juve Vidal (from left to right) raised awareness of  Haiti relief efforts and helped inform the campus community on how to make monetary contributions to various relief organizations. 



CSU Campuses, Dominguez Hills and Sacramento State Honor Martin Luther King Jr. During a Week of Service

CSU Sacramento students volunteering during Winter Alt. Break

This winter break, thirty-nine Sacramento State students volunteered as part of Alternative Break and Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service. Despite inclement weather, thirty students volunteered at Sacramento’s MLK365 March on Monday, January 18. Projects varied from acting in a series of vignettes commemorating the Rosa Parks bus boycott, Counter Sit-Ins and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy; serving as ushers to coordinate the 8-12 thousand attendees who participated in the walk, and volunteering at the City of Sacramento’s Volunteer recognition ceremony with the mayor. During the recognition ceremony, Mayor Kevin Johnson highlighted the work of volunteers in Sacramento this past year, including Sacramento State students, faculty and staff who have contributed more than 450,000 unpaid service hours towards the city’s new Volunteer Sacramento initiative.


The Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement (SLICE), the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Student Development at CSU Dominguez Hills observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a project to outfit job seekers in the local community with business-appropriate clothing and accessories. Donations continue to arrive well-past the week of service honoring Dr. King, with the most recent contribution of 30 men’s and 30 women’s professional suits donated by two university alumni. CSUDH Dateline News Story


Dr. Gerald Eisman, Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University, is the recipient of California Campus Compact's 2010 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Dr Eisman will be recognized at the northern regional CSU Community Based-Research Conference on March 5th for his work in community service learning and civic engagement. Among other contributions, Eisman helped pioneer the establishment of CSU’s systemwide Center for Community Engagement (formerly Office of Community Service Learning) in 1997 and served as the faculty service-learning scholar in the CSU Chancellor’s Office from 2004-2006. CACC Press Release; SFSU Press Release 

Annie Bolick-Floss, director of Career Center & Service Learning at Humboldt State University and Merri Whitelock, managing director, Community Engagement at CSU Northridge have been selected to participate in a nationwide institute to explore the future of higher education’s service-learning and civic and community engagement movement. CACC Press Release.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
is hosting the 8th Annual “Change the Status Quo: A Student’s Role in Shaping Society” conference, Feb. 26-27. This conference is organized by student leaders and offers workshops on a wide variety of social justice issues. The keynote speaker will be Invisible Children featuring Jacob, a former child soldier.

On Friday, February 26, the CSU Channel Islands’ Center for Community Engagement is sponsoring a Service Symposium Poster Session as part of the Campus Reading Celebration and visit by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Dr. Mohammad Yunus. These posters will feature35 different service projects/events undertaken by CI students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

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