CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 8
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
April 6, 2004

News Stories
CSUMB students distribute a meal box to a resident in the labor camp.


Readings for Diversity and Social Justice edited by Adams, Maurianne et al., is an anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism. "This anthology stresses critical thinking while providing vivid portraits of the meaning of diversity and the realities of oppression." The activities provided are designed to challenge the reader to take action and to affirm diversity and social justice.

Campus Spotlight

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s 100th birthday, several members of the CSU Los Angeles university community playfully wore the memorable red-and-white striped stove-pipe hats and read to over 250 grade school students. The volunteers shared the joy of reading with youth by engaging them in read alouds and educational games. Each year the Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) program, coordinates this Read Across America event, as part of its America Reads Program, to get youth excited about reading.

Vicente A. McIntosh from CSULA reads to a group of students at the Ann Street Elementary school.

CSL 411

Two CSU presidents - Dick Rush from CSU Channel Islands and Rollin Richmond from Humboldt State University - have recently joined California Campus Compact's board.


CSU Celebrates 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez once said “The end of all education should surely be service to others.” The CSU continues to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s values by planning a variety of service-learning activities.

  • CSU Monterey Bay student leaders coordinated a food and clothing drive for 60 farm workers and their families. Chicken and other fresh food were also purchased with the assistance of dorm students who donated $1,750 from their meal plans. After spending time with families at the labor camps, students learned about current working conditions of farm workers and the efforts of Cesar Chavez.
  • Thirty-seven Bridging Borders AmeriCorps members from San Jose State University joined forces with 88 other AmeriCorps members for a day of neighborhood cleanup in the Mayfair community. After the service day, Nora Campus, a city councilmember, and Lydia Chavez Medina, Cesar Chavez’s niece, spoke about the importance of service and its connection to Cesar Chavez’s life.

Political Engagement Project highlights CSU Courses

Through the Political Engagement Project (PEP), key leaders at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, are studying a collection of academic courses and programs that represent creative approaches to undergraduate political education. The study documents the goals of the participating courses and programs, students’ perspectives, and the impact of these experiences. Three courses that are taught by faculty from CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay and San Francisco State University are highlighted. To see the examples, you will need to scroll down the website.

Sleeping-in is exchanged for Meaningful Spring Break Experiences

A growing number of students are shirking off sleeping-in late during spring break and instead are enthusiastically participating in Alternative Spring Break activities. Students value these short-term service experiences because of their intensity, peer camaraderie, and educational value.

  • San Diego State University students traveled abroad to South Africa to learn about African culture, the history and impact of apartheid and AIDS, and to contribute to the development of a center for abused and neglected children.
  • SFSU Students in a recreation service-learning course carefully coordinated four service days during Spring Break that ranged from doing crafts with acute hospital patients to talking with the elderly.
  • CSU San Marcos students spent their break in San Francisco preparing food, including 2,800 sandwiches in one day, and serving it to homeless people at a shelter in the Tenderloin district.