Back to School
As campuses opened their doors welcoming students to a new academic year, some were greeted with news of grant funding that will not only enhance students’ learning experiences, but also strengthen the CSU’s involvement with our local communities and residents.
• For more than 60 years, Bud and Jan Richter have been active community volunteers and benefactors of California State University, Fresno. Their generosity and commitment has led to the establishment of a $3.5 million endowed center. The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, the first CSU endowed center in support of service learning and community engagement, will help the university meet the needs of the region and achieve their goal of 1 million hours of annual service through students, faculty and staff by the end of its Centennial in 2011. Press Release, Video Link
• The California State University, Long Beach Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with the Center for Language Minority Education and Research, has been awarded a 3-year $599,885 grant from the Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program through Housing & Urban Development to serve homeless individuals, families, and veterans connected with Villages at Cabrillo. Part of the plan will consist of establishing the Oasis Community Center which will provide a community space for residents and community members. CSULB faculty and students will have the opportunity to work on a university/community partnership that encourages interdisciplinary and campus/community collaborations to more effectively make a difference through shared resources.
• California State University, Monterey Bay has been awarded two grants. A $2,037,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for five years and a three-year grant of $599,800 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help foster the Soledad Street Revitalization Project, an initiative of the Service Learning Institute.
Past CSU recipients of the Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program include Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Northridge, and Stanislaus.