Two CSU Presidents Speak about
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
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.
Selected as a Campus of Engagement
is the only four-year institution in California to have
been selected for a site visit as part of Campus Compact's
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!
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
- Over 13,000 students registered to vote as part
of voter registration drives held at nearly every
CSU campus in 2002-2003.