CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume II, No. 1
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
September 14, 2004

News Stories

New AmeriCorps Programs

New and existing AmeriCorps programs give students numerous year-long service opportunities to choose from. Here is a brief glance at some of the new programs:

JusticeCorps members from CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Northridge, and Cal Poly, Pomona will be trained to provide legal assistance to litigants through one-on-one appointments and group workshops. This is a collaborative project with the California Administrative Office of the Courts, the Superior Court of California, the County of Los Angeles, and University of California at Los Angeles

San Francisco State University (SFSU) and Sonoma State University (SSU) were also awarded new AmeriCorps programs. Forty SFSU AmeriCorps members will organize service learners and America Reads volunteers who serve at after school programs located at school sites and community centers. Similarly, Sonoma State will coordinate California’s Promise, a statewide program that will involve three other CSU campuses and several other partners. AmeriCorps Promise Fellows will serve as volunteer coordinators by recruiting and training volunteers to be mentors and tutors to the community’s youth.

The Engaged Scholar

Headlining our inaugural column is an article written by the Chancellor's Office new Service-Learning Faculty Scholar, Gerald Eisman. In "The Community-Based Learning 'Click'" he shares his story of working on a community project with the Domestic Violence division of the San Francisco Police Department.

CSL Inquiring Minds

We invite you to share your opinions on topical CSL issues by completing this and future polls. Click on this month's question to take our poll:

Should service-learning practice focus on moral learning?

Results will be published in next month's issue.


New Academic Year Gets Underway

Presidential messages, national recognition and new programs are setting the tone for our dynamic work in the upcoming year.

Presidential Messages

Using various communication vehicles, campus presidents are articulating the vital importance of community service learning and civic engagement.

  • In his first welcoming address to CSU Chico, President Paul Zingg shared his vision about the role of the university and its responsibility to develop democratically-minded individuals.
  • In CSU Fresno’s fall newsletter, Dr. Welty expressed his commitment to civic engagement. This past academic year, a Task Force was charged with advising the campus on how to bolster involvement in civic engagement initiatives. The Task Force recommended that a permanent group be formed to continue the work they began and that an individual be designated to foster Civic Engagement on the campus. Chris Fiorentino has agreed to serve as the Director of Civic Engagement in addition to his leadership role as the Director of Students for Community Service.

National Recognition

  San Jose State faculty, staff and a community partner accept the award from Rosalyn Carter.

Two CSU campuses have recently received acknowledgement about their national leadership role in community service learning:

  • San Jose State University (SJSU) was awarded the “Practice in Action” award and a $25,000 grant from the Rosalyn Carter Institute for the campus’s work with older immigrants. By integrating health education into tutoring lessons, SJSU students are assisting elders who have limited English proficiency navigate the health care system.

Gearing Up for the 2004 Election

In partnership with CalPirg's New Voters Project, the Chancellor's Office, the California State Student Association (CSSA), and California Campus Compact have joined forces to encourage campus endeavors to institutionalize voter registration on each of our 23 campuses. As part of this effort, university presidents are being asked to endorse a letter of support to illustrate their commitment to building responsible citizens in the state of California. CSSA student leaders have designed a statewide election campaign that will kick-off with a press event at the Chancellor’s Office on September 14. Regional trainings will be held on October 2. Campuses should contact their ASI Presidents for further details.