CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 7
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
March 5, 2004

News Stories


"What Gets Latino Youth Involved?" Two Sonoma State University faculty members examined the question with the support of a CIRCLE grant. A conference was recently held to share findings from their research.

Campus Spotlight

California Maritime Academy infuses civic engagement into the university’s “triad” philosophy – intellectual learning, applied technology and leadership - in creative ways. Before Election Day, the local California Faculty Association encouraged students to become more involved in the political process by providing information about the importance of student civic engagement. A Multicultural Student Club was recently formed to promote community involvement. In addition, service-learning courses that address emergency preparedness, hospice issues, and oral histories of seniors are offered to encourage deeper community connection.

President Richmond and President Gonzalez speak at the annual CSU Colloquium on Community Service Learning held at CSU Sacramento.

Quotable Quotes

"California is one of the great volunteer states in this country, and I hope we can emphasize that more in the coming years and the coming months." -Maria Shriver, First Lady of California at the 'Pier de Sol' event.


Two CSU Presidents Speak about Civic Engagement

At the recent CSU Colloquium on Community Service Learning, Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond and CSU Sacramento President Alexander Gonzalez discussed their perspectives on civic engagement. Dr. Gonzalez shared that defining civic engagement is challenging since it brings up issues of how the university has typically defined it versus the community. He suggested that in order for civic engagement to be successful it must permeate through all aspects of the university. President Richmond described how his campus is examining the university’s role for the community and region. HSU has created a community-wide strategic planning process that includes 18 focus groups, four of which are centered on civic engagement issues.

When asked how the CSU will know it has realized its civic mission of education, both leaders responded that some measures of success will be: the presence of well-known training opportunities for faculty in service learning, recognition of service-learning research and the extent to which our alumni are engaged to the campus and are impacting their communities.

CSU Stanislaus Selected as a Campus of Engagement

CSU Stanislaus is the only four-year institution in California to have been selected for a site visit as part of Campus Compact's Indicators of Engagement Project. Over a three-year period, Campus Compact will examine three different types of institutions – community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and comprehensive universities – and use the thirteen "Indicators of Engagement" to illustrate best practices of the engaged campus. A vital part of this project is to bring higher visibility about the importance of these institutions as “pathways to civic engagement.” A searchable database that identifies exemplary program models and a monograph will be two outcomes of the project. Congratulations CSU Stanislaus on this noteworthy achievement!

CSSA Actively Supports Civic Engagement

In California State Student Association's (CSSA) latest annual report, a number of student government organizations, most commonly known as ASI, demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement. Here are a few examples:

  • CSU Chico partnered with the city council to create a Town & Gown Committee.
  • CSU San Marcos passed a resolution to only purchase organic cotton T-shirts for the organization and advocated for organic cotton clothing to be sold at the University Bookstore.
  • Over 13,000 students registered to vote as part of voter registration drives held at nearly every CSU campus in 2002-2003.