April 10, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 7

SSU AmeriCorps members participate in the Cesar Chavez Health Fair

50 Sonoma State student AmeriCorps mentors lead activities during the annual Santa Rosa César Chávez Health Fair.

CSU Campuses take part in Cesar E. Chávez Day Activities

Several CSU campuses participated in various community activities in honor of Cesar E. Chávez’s commitment to service and humanity. More campus information.


HSU students gather at the Manila Community Center for a day of service dedicated to building community capacities and serving youth from disadvantaged situations.



National and Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world, is April 20-22, 2007. Resources are available at Youth Service America to help plan a service project, apply for a grant or register projects for national media exposure.


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is accepting applications for the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop, July 12-13, 2007 at San Diego State University. Applications are due by May 18, 2007.

Campus Compact Professional Development Institute for Community Service and Service-Learning Professionals will take place July 23-27, 2007 at the University of San Diego. Participants will have the chance to learn and understand key information and principles in service, service-learning and higher education.

Planting the Seeds for a Sustainable Future

CSU campuses respond to the call for environmental awareness, institutional leadership and a sustainable future.

CSU Receives Grant to Train Service-Learning Leaders
The California State University has received a $200,000 three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation to create a leadership development program for CSU community service learning directors, coordinators and students to expand their skills, sustain existing programs and implement new activities at all campuses. Press Release

Campus News

A Sustainable Future and a New Vision for Education
CSU Chico
is one of the first campuses in the nation to sign a long-range commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become “climate neutral” in its effect on the environment. President Paul Zingg joined six other top campus executives in signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC calls on campuses to have a complete inventory of greenhouse gas emissions by one year, and an action plan in two years, leading toward climate neutrality. Already underway at CSU Chico, campuses are also asked to include sustainability as a priority in the campus strategic plan, establishing that new construction meets environmentally conscious “LEED” standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. More Information

CSU San Bernardino Students Prepare People with Disabilities for Disasters
California Campus Compact, through a “Partners in Progress” grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, provided a mini-grant to Professor Marsha Greer to create a service learning project focused on disaster preparation for people with disabilities. CSU San Bernardino Health Science students gathered information from community experts and utilized other resources to create informational brochures, fact sheets, presentations and websites. The students also created sample disaster response kits to be used as training examples. The class presented their final projects to University officials and community first responders, and the training materials will be distributed on campus and throughout the County.

Fresno State’s American Humanics Program Reshapes the Local Nonprofit Leadership Field

Fresno State students lead an American Humanics project.Since 2001, 53 students (from 20 different majors) have graduated from CSU Fresno with American Humanics National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leader-ship, and approximately 2/3 of them are employed in the nonprofit and public sectors (with 70% of them employed locally).

Fresno State’s program is not only turning out excellent talent to fill the need for professionals in the sector, but those enrolled in the program assist and work with nonprofit agencies during their training and education, completing a minimum of 300 internship hours. For example, students in a grant writing course assist community-based organizations with researching and/or preparing grant proposals. Their assistance has resulted in a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the Women’s Resource Center at Fresno State to create the campus’ Violence Prevention Project.

A national alliance of higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, the goal of American Humanics is for program alumni to contribute to improving their communities’ quality of life and work toward creating a more civil society.

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