|May 16, 2007
||Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News
||VOL. 4, NO. 8
Book covers from the CSU monograph series, "Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning."
More Campus News
California Campus Compact and Carnegie Select Faculty for Political Engagement Effort
A group of 25 professors from public and private colleges and universities across California have been chosen to lead efforts to increase college students’ political engagement. The following faculty will be representing the CSU:
Lynne Bercaw, Chico
Dave Colnic, Stanislaus
S. Patrick Doyle, Chico
Catherine Gabor, Sacramento
Katja Guenther, Fullerton
Greg Kim-Ju, Sacramento
Nancy Jean Smith, Stanislaus
Lynne Slivovsky, San Luis Obispo
Tom Trice, San Luis Obispo
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, SFSU
See Press Release
Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award
Kyle Morford, CSU Channel Islands, has been selected as the California finalist for the Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, and will move on to the national pool from which the five Swearer Award winners will be chosen.
Position Openings at CSU Monterey Bay
- Coordinator of Service Learning Leadership
(12-month interim lecturer position; start date July 1, 2007)
- Associate Director, Service Learning Institute
(Full-time management position; start date October, 2007)
Please contact Seth Pollack for more information.
Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series
Selected California State University faculty members have written compelling essays on service learning that examine community issues from an array of approaches. In June, Stylus Publishing will release two books in the volume series:
- Gender Identity, Equity, and Violence: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning
- Race, Poverty, and Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning
A sampling of four essay summaries can be read here (.doc).
The Sciences and Humanities Collaborate to Improve Services to Seniors
Sacramento State has developed a multidisciplinary collaboration with the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address social issues affecting seniors. Working through the Office of Community Collaboration, four faculty and 170 undergraduate students in Psychology and Computer Science have engaged in a three-year community-based research project with HHS. The project aims to assess the relevance and quality of services to seniors in the region through a series of in-depth interviews and quantitatively-oriented surveys. To meet the project goals, computer science students created an on-line, password protected, interactive database to store and share data while psychology students assess the general health and well-being of seniors who use services provided by HHS, and probe issues such as transportation, social support, and nutritional needs. Later stages of data collection will include perspectives from caregivers and county social workers and include participation form other campus departments.
Applying Multidisciplinary Perspectives to Meet Local Needs
In 2006, CSU Stanislaus opened the doors to the Community Action and Resources for Empowerment and Sustainability (C.A.R.E.S.) Resource Center in downtown Turlock. The Center is dedicated to providing assistance to the local homeless population. Currently, more than 75 faculty and students from diverse disciplines actively participate in projects. For example, accounting students worked with the homeless on job search, resume writing, and interview skills; first year students in a writing composition course ran poetry workshops; and students enrolled in the course, Introduction to Public Administration, toured the center and used their experiences as a foundation for class discussion on public policy issues relating to the homeless.
Service-Learning and the East LA Women’s Center Support Denim Day at CSULA
When it comes to the campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault and to support peace over violence, Cal State Los Angeles seniors, Iris Aceves and Robin Paredes along with their community partner, Sonia Rivera of East L. A. Women’s Center, are on the front lines. In celebration of Denim Day, the students designed a booth on campus where students could create denim pins and obtain information about services available both on campus and at the Center. Both women credit their service-learning courses and work at the Center with inspiring their commitment to peace and to the prevention of sexual assault.
A committed partner in the university’s Educational Participation in Communities (E.P.I.C.) program, which places service-learning students in agencies throughout the county, the East L.A. Women’s Center has been recognized throughout the state for its 30 years of service.
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