CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume II, No. 7
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
April 7, 2005

News Stories

Harry Boyte speaking at the 2005 Community Service Learning Affinity Meeting.

Campus Recognition

Butte College and CSU Chico will be recognized with the “Collaboration with Universities” award from the Community College National Center for Civic Engagement. The colleges are being honored for working together to develop similar philosophies and practices in working with community partners.

Dr. Albert Karnig, CSU San Bernardino president, will be presented with the "Citizen of Achievement" award by the League of Women Voters in San Bernardino. Dr. Karnig is being honored for his visionary leadership in creating the Community-University Partnerships (CUP) office.

Three CSU campuses – Humboldt State, CSU Monterey Bay, and San Francisco State – are featured in a new book by Campus Compact and The Princeton Review titled, "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."

CSU San Marcos students participate in an Academic Forum.


Dr. Harry Boyte Speaks at Systemwide Meeting

Understanding the vast meaning of civic engagement and the role of service learning in fostering civic engagement are two complex and interrelated topics.

As part of an ongoing effort to clarify these issues, the Office of Community Service Learning invited Dr. Harry Boyte to speak at a recent systemwide meeting. Dr. Boyte is co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota and is a renowned scholar and writer in the field of civic engagement.

Dr. Boyte asserts that there is an urgent need for higher education to restore its democratic purposes. He frames civic engagement in two ways: a deep identity in our institutions or as a set of activities and programs. He advocates for the first approach and acknowledges that institutional change is necessary. He states, “As we become democracy colleges grounded in places, we will help the entire society renew our democratic promise, of democracy as a continuing work and a way of life, not simply elections, institutions, and structures.”

In his commentary, Free Spaces and Service Learning, Dr. Boyte explores other issues affecting the “education for democracy” movement and recommends three roles for service-learning offices. Additional resources suggested by Dr. Boyte are also available.

Celebration of Past and Present Civic Participants

Springtime not only brings warmer weather, it also signifies several opportunities for campuses and communities to celebrate the voices of past leaders, such as Cesar Chavez, and to find their own voices through national initiatives like Raise Your Voice Month of Action (RYV).

  • In celebration of Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning on March 31st, more than 50 students from Humboldt State University volunteered at the Wiyot Tribe Table Bluff Reservation in Loleta, removing debris and non-native plants from the native plant garden.

  • The Cal Poly Pomona community held numerous events throughout RYV Month of Action. In January, President, J. Michael Ortiz, joined faculty, students and community members in a panel discussion asking the question: “What is civic engagement?” In early March, student clubs/ organizations and campus departments designed “Exhibition of Expressions” posters identifying issues that were important to them.

  • San Jose State University participated in Campus Compact’s National Teleconference: Get a Job or Get a Life (or Both). SJSU submitted two questions to the national discussion, one of which asked, “Where is the impetus, who drives the civic mission at most universities: administration, faculty or students?” On March 14th, over 120 student leaders spent five hours working on clean-up and construction tasks as part of the University’s 3rd Annual Serve-A-Thon and in honor of the upcoming Cesar Chavez holiday.