October 16, 2008 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 6, NO. 2

Anonymous HSU student
A Humboldt State student proudly displaying her commitment to being engaged in the community.

Campus News

Over summer, San Diego State University (SDSU) fraternity and sorority members traveled to Colombia to donate wheelchairs to those in need, including landmine victims, as part of Greek Week 2008.  SDSU Greeks raised more than $60,000, providing 560 wheelchairs to people in four parts of the world. See video



Campus Votes Challenge

The Campus Votes Challenge is an opportunity for colleges and universities to energize students, demonstrate the positive impact they have on youth voting, and get third party verification of their undergraduate voting rate. Co-sponsored by Tufts University and Campus Compact, this initiative aims to reinforce the efforts of schools across the U.S. to increase student voting rates.


Nominations for Cone Award

Nominations for the 11th Annual Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education are due November 17, 2008.




Teaching for Political Engagement:  Reflections from two CSU Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows

Over the last year, nine California State University faculty members have taken part in the innovative California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service Learning for Political Engagement Program. The program was developed by California Campus Compact with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education) and brings together outstanding tenured and tenure-track faculty members from public, private and faith-based colleges and universities throughout California. Fellows lead the effort to increase college students’ political engagement and advance the field of service learning by focusing on dilemmas inherent in teaching for political participation.

During the two-year program (2007-2009), Fellows develop, implement and evaluate courses that use service learning to increase students’ understanding of political participation and the skills and motivation that go along with it. "This work is important and complex, and the CSU faculty members who are part of our program have created thoughtful and compelling models of service learning that prepare young people for political engagement," said Elaine K. Ikeda, executive director of California Campus Compact.

In the short essays below, two CSU faculty members, who are part of the California Campus Compact program, reflect on the successes and challenges they have encountered in teaching for political engagement.

  • CSU Chico Assistant Professor Patrick Doyle teaches in the College of Agriculture specializing in animal science, in particular animal breeding and genetics.  He says it best in his reflection when stating, “Agriculture is politically charged by nature…The course curriculum lends itself well to political engagement due to its mission of promoting the critical evaluation of major issues facing agriculture such as water, land, animal welfare, and food safety.” Full Reflection.

  • In her reflection, assistant professor Catherine Gabor of San Jose State University, discusses how she infused her Professional Writing and Career Writing course with service-learning for political engagement through projects with local agencies and non-profit organizations. Dr Gabor writes, "I have always taught Professional Writing and Career Writing as service-learning classes.  The fit was perfect: students composed professional documents (brochures, reports, etc.) for community partners who had neither the human nor financial resources to complete... this fellowship has given me the opportunity to combine the strands of who I am, helping me live my life as a teacher-scholar-citizen."  Full Reflection.

For additional information on the California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service Learning for Political Engagement Program, please visit www.cacampuscompact.org or contact Piper McGinley.

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