Volume I, No. 1
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
September 4, 2003

News Stories

Systemwide Office Receives Learn and Serve
Consortium Grant

Through a very competitive review process, the CSU was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from Learn and Serve America. The three-year initiative, "Realizing the Civic Mission of Education in the CSU," will involve all CSU campuses in activities such as: (1) completing a civic mission assessment; (2) designing plans that outline specific activities to transform their academic cultures; and (3) organizing faculty and community partner trainings. Additionally, as a part of this program, the CSU will develop and strengthen student leadership programs. For more information, click here.

In Competitive Times, Two CSU Campuses Received AmeriCorps Grants

Two CSU campuses will operate AmeriCorps programs in 2003-04 despite a drastic, temporary budget reduction for the funding agency. San Jose State University will launch the "Bridging Borders" program. Forty-five CSU students will provide social services to low-income immigrants and coordinate service learners and volunteers from the university. The Sonoma State University (SSU) AmeriCorps Program, SSU Service Collaborative, will be in its fifth year of operation. This program provides free, afterschool social and academic enrichment opportunities to struggling children through the help of 272 AmeriCorps CSU students. In addition to these two programs directly coordinated by CSU campuses, several other campuses will operate sub-programs that are coordinated by other organizations, such as Jumpstart and California Campus Compact's HELP program. For more information about national service in the CSU, click here.

Campus Spotlight

The CSU's Newest University Embraces
Service Learning

CSU Channel Islands’ (CSUCI) commitment to service learning continues to grow as the campus welcomes its first group of freshmen. This fall, CSUCI students will be involved in an interdisciplinary service-learning collaboration with the California Conservations Corps (CCC). Students enrolled in a film course will create a documentary about the CCC, while students enrolled in an environmental studies course will study a local environmentally sensitive wetlands restoration area in partnership with the CCC. As seen in these and other service-learning projects, service learning is a critical vehicle in achieving the university’s mission statement. For more information, click here.

Service-Learning Leadership Minor at
CSU Monterey Bay

Beginning in fall 2003, CSU Monterey Bay will be one of the first universities in the nation to offer a service-learning leadership minor. The Service-Learning Leadership Minor provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in service-learning leadership, and prepares students to work as leaders in the growing service-learning field. The minor gives students a strong foundation in the design and delivery of service-learning experiences, community and social change processes, and perspectives in service and social justice. For more information, click here.


Conference on Service, Volunteerism and Mentoring


The Governor's Conference on Service, Volunteerism and Mentoring has been postponed to January 28-29, 2004. For more information, visit here. Additionally, the nomination deadline for the Governor's Award for Volunteerism has been extended to September 15, 2003. For more information, click here.

CSL 411

A 2002 Survey Revealed that over 185,178 CSU students, or 45.4 percent of the student body at that time, reported involvement in community service in 2002.



Ideas, comments, questions? Have news or other CSL-related information to share? Contact Season Eckardt at seckardt@calstate.edu. Let us know what information would be helpful to include in CSU Impact: Learning & Serving.