CSU Impact Learning & Serving
April 5, 2006 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 3, NO. 7

Cal State Sanislaus

At the 11th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Celebration, Cal State Stanislaus welcomed beautiful and graceful young dancers from the Grupo Folklorico de Livingston and Mariachi “Viva Tecalitlan".

CSL 411

The Continuums of Service Conference, Engaging Leadership: New Visions, Voices, and Models, will take place in Bellevue, Washington from April 19-21, 2006. Registration deadline is Friday, April 7.

More Campus News

CSU FullertonCSU Fullerton AmeriCorps members and student volunteers planted 100 seedlings as part of a wetlands cleanup at Craig Regional Park in honor of the Cesar Chavez holiday.

CSL Inquiring Minds

As a result of last week’s immigration protests that took place in southern California, Los Angeles police officials announced that they would cite students for truancy facing up-to $200 in fines and 20 days of “community service”.

We invite you to email your thoughts to us at CSL Inquiring Minds on the use of the term “community service” as a form of retribution.

• Has the use of this terminology hindered the progress of our work?

• How do we go about educating our community and political leaders about the potential negative impacts of using the term “community service” as punishment?

• Do you believe youth who do punitive “community service” come away feeling punished or are there positive gains from this experience?

Our May issue will highlight your responses.

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Hawaii Campus Compact Director, Atina Pascua, worked with Hawaii Senator Norman Sakamoto to successfully pass Bill HB1738 to change all legal or court documents that refer to “Community Service” as a verdict or part of one be replaced with “Community Restitution” during sentencing.

Revolutionary Practices Invigorating CA Communities-Universities

March 31st marked the 6-year anniversary of the California state holiday honoring the life and work of United Farm Workers’ founder Cesar Chavez, a community leader who dedicated his life to improving the conditions for immigrants who work in our nation’s fields and orchards. Across California communities, CSU students and faculty have joined community and civic leaders in on-going efforts to address immigrants’ rights in the nation’s most diverse state.

  • Day Laborers from the Pomona Day Labor Center have taught Cal Poly Pomona students that learning doesn’t always take place in the classroom and that sometimes, those with the most knowledge aren’t academicians. Students enrolled in variety of courses such as, Human Nutrition, Engineering and Ethnic and Women's Studies have participated in action research projects at the Center to bring about positive change.

  • In Fall 2005, seed money from Associated Students of San Jose State University, launched the opening of the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center (CCCAC). As part of the Center’s inaugural year, 17 students participated in the university’s first alternative spring break trip to Mexico. Students obtained first-hand understanding of culture along the Mexico-US border while reflecting on their role in a global community. In addition, April 3-8, marks a week of service “Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez”.

  • Cesar Chavez’s legacy of cooperative, non-violent action has shaped the educational and philosophical foundation at a number of CSU campus events. On March 30, seventy high school students, community members, AmeriCorps members and Humboldt State students generated a series of action plans for service projects, including creating a tolerance-themed community mural, that will be conducted during National Youth Service Days from April 23-30. This week, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students will incorporate an arts & crafts booth at a local farmers' market as well as at a low-income housing development.

The Carnegie Foundation Embarks on a New Elective Classification

As part of an extensive overhaul of its classification system, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning has introduced Community Engagement, as the first of a set of new elective classifications. Through April 30, 2006, Carnegie is accepting applications from institutions that consider community engagement, broadly defined, as part of their identity. Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Reichard, newly-appointed CSU chief academic officer, the Chancellor’s Office is encouraging CSU campuses to consider applying for this national recognition.

Last week, Dr. Amy Driscoll, Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation and overseer of this effort, spoke with a diverse group of CSU academic colleagues from 14 campuses about this beneficial opportunity. After the initial application process, campuses will be asked to document their efforts in two phases. Plans are also underway to bring together approved CSU campuses to discuss their various approaches to gathering documentation. This opportunity signifies a heightened level of national validation of the importance of community engagement in higher education.

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