CSU Impact Learning & Serving
October 10, 2006 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 2

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SFSU Student, Summer Miranda, addresses the audience about the importance of the Institute for broadening student community engagement.

More Campus News

San Francisco State Launches Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

San Francisco State kicked off the academic year with the launch of the University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), a merger of the university’s Office of Community Service Learning and the Urban Institute. Offering opportunities from civic service internships to political education and community mentoring programs, the Institute will allow the university to pool resources and streamline the delivery of programs and educational opportunities. We are pleased to announce that beginning December 1st, the CSU’s Service Learning Faculty Scholar, Jerry Eisman, will serve as the Acting Director of the Institute.

CSU Channel Islands and University Prep are Lauded for their School-University Partnership

In 2002, two newly opened institutions of education – CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) and a local charter school – partnered to formalize what is considered today one of the most promising and innovative education practices in the state. This semester 35 of the 50 CSUCI students are service learners, helping the children learn poetry and art while also exposing them to college. In return, these students gain tremendous teaching skills and knowledge by reflecting on their experience.

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The California Service Corps and First Lady Maria Shriver have launched the online Volunteer Match Network that lists thousands of volunteer opportunities across the state. With national Make a Difference Day just around the corner (Oct 28), this pioneering tool will be useful.

Recognition Opportunity

Do you know an individual who is deeply committed to community-university partnerships and passionately works to instill that value in a university's institutional identity? If so, consider nominating that person for California Campus Compact's Dick E. Cone Award. The deadline is November 20, 2006.

Scott Myers-Lipton, Associate Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University, recently published an historical anthology - Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society. The book contains original essays and articles from such famous figures as William Julius Wilson’s universal program of reform to George Bush’s armies of compassion.

A Season of Service, A Season of Change

Borrowing from The Points of Light Foundation’s “Seasons of Service,” a portfolio of eight national opportunities for people to volunteer for service projects and activities throughout the year, this month’s Impact pays tribute to the CSU’s many contributions to the community throughout the fall season.

The Power of Transformation
by Colleen Bentley

Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State UniversityHaving been at the California State University since 1990, visiting campuses and dealing with reporters daily on a myriad of topics, I figured I had seen or heard almost everything. However, I wasn’t prepared for what I encountered when we began an assignment to visually document service-learning projects at six CSU campuses. The level of commitment, talent and dedication of people at the CSU overwhelmed me. I didn’t know how truly amazed I would be watching and talking to our students and faculty as they took what they learned in the classroom and gave of themselves to their universities and their communities.

The examples we taped represent only a fraction of what goes on at every one of the 23 campuses – 200,000 students, 30 million hours, and $200 million in minimum wage value. California’s communities are fortunate to have the CSU provide them services such as tutoring and mentoring young people, working with veterans, assisting the homeless and small businesses, and teaching adult literacy classes.

Please watch what we have produced – visit the OCSL website to see the main CSU video and six individual campus videos. I think you will be as proud as I am to be part of the CSU family as we serve and work for California.

Colleen Bentley is Director of Special Projects at the CSU Office of the Chancellor

Cal Poly Pomona Takes a Mobile Approach to Addressing Community Health Issues

As a result of a 2003 study undertaken by Cal Poly Pomona faculty, Susan Algert and Douglas Lewis, a mobile food pantry is available for under-served populations in Pomona. This past summer, low-income, elderly Hispanic women at the Washington Park Senior Center were provided with campus-grown fruits and vegetables with the aim of improving their health. The program also provides opportunities for students to develop nutrition education materials, conduct research and engage in outreach efforts as part of their coursework.

CSSA Promotes Non-Partisan Civic Participation

Each year, the California State Student Association (CSSA) works with Associated Student governments to coordinate non-partisan voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote drives on each CSU campus.

This year, CSSA helped to found the California Student Vote Coalition, an alliance with the UCs and CA community colleges to engage young voters by training student leaders to register their peers on campus, in class, and in their dorms.

On October 7, over 250 students participated in the coalition sponsored, Tailgate for the Debate, a free, non-partisan viewing of the only debate between the candidates for governor that was held at CSU Sacramento.

For more information, please contact Susana Gonzalez, CSSA Executive Director at sgonzlez@calstate.edu.

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