CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume II, No. 2
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
October 5, 2004

News Stories


Humboldt students engage in discussions about student civic participation.


There are numerous national organizations that provide students with information and opportunities to become more politically engaged. Click here for a brief description of some national organizations.

The Engaged Student

Ever wonder why some CSU students are engaged politically and why some choose not to vote? This month’s, “Engaged Student” highlights two op-ed articles written by a Chico State student and a Northridge student. You decide which side of the argument you fall on:

CSL Inquiring Minds

Results from the September 04 issue:

An overwhelming 69% of respondents stated that service-learning practices should focus on moral learning.


This month’s question is courtesy of the AACU’s recent webcast. Click on the link below to select from various options.

What communication methods target students most successfully?




CSU Students Get Connected, Get Informed and Get out the Vote

Higher education institutions across the country have stepped up their efforts to increase voter participation among youth ages 18 to 24. According to the New Voters Project, less than half (36.1%) of young people in this age group voted in the 2000 election.

Across California, CSU students recognize the importance of young people’s participation in the political process and are no strangers to making their voices heard. This year, the California State Student Association (CSSA) has teamed up with the New Voters Project, the Chancellor's Office, and California Campus Compact to launch the Election 2004 Campaign. The goal is to register and turnout 40,000 new voters.

Below are just a few highlights of CSU programs. To find out what is happening on your campus, contact your ASI President.

  • San Diego State’s Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs will host a panel discussion titled, “Democracy and Inequality” on October 5 at 4:00 p.m. Part of a symposium series, the event will engage distinguished scholars in addressing questions about the influence of money on the democratic process.
  • San Francisco State University has taken a unique approach to help the campus community and the public better understand elections, political campaigns, and campaign issues in a distinctive 2-unit course, “The 2004 Presidential Elections: Issues and Analysis." With SFSU faculty experts and weekly guests, students in the course will discuss the hottest issues on the candidates’ platforms. SFSU has also been named one of the top schools in the U.S. in voter registration, according to a new Harvard survey.
  • San Marcos students enrolled in “Art and Digital Video for the Web” are creating voter awareness videos ranging from 30 to 60 seconds as part of a partnership with Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). ASI will judge the videos and the top ones will be streamed from the student government website as well as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts' website.
  • With creative programming, Sonoma State University is broadcasting to the campus community and the public that the Fall 2004 election campaign matters! Coordinated by the University Library, “It Matters! Engage, Participate, Vote” is a collaborative program designed to provide an opportunity for the campus and local community to explore together the notion of voting, civic engagement and what it means to live in a democratic society.