October 18, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 5, NO. 2

First Lady Maria Shriver

In a September 2007 article, First Lady Maria Shriver challenged Californians to think about the power of "WE." (see article on right)

Professional Opportunities

California Campus Compact (CACC) has announced an exciting opportunity for CACC members, the Bridge-Building Leadership Initiative, a year-long comprehensive professional development program that brings together emergent and seasoned leaders of color who integrate service-learning agendas with the interests of stakeholders in diverse communities. The program is funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Youth Leadership Council, and Learn and Serve America.

For complete initiative details, please visit the CACC website. Call for Nominations are due November 15, 2007.

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice aims to advance social justice through health care advocacy by focusing particularly on the unique challenges facing communities of color. The ideal candidate must demonstrate an interest in health care policy and racial/ethnic health disparities, while also displaying the potential to contribute to social justice work, as a fellow and after his/her year is completed. Applications are due January 15, 2008.


Murray L. Galinson, Trustee Emeritus and former Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, endowed a scholarship fund to recognize a Hearst Scholar who best exemplifies extraordinary public service to his or her home or university community. Kylie T. Nguyen from CSU Fullerton is the 2007 Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholar Award recipient. Nguyen, a human services graduate will be going on to earn a master’s degree in social work with the goal of helping abused and neglected children. An active student researcher, her service at school includes project director at the Volunteer and Service Center and volunteer work at a homeless shelter. Along with the award, Nguyen receives a $6,000 scholarship.

The Gulf Coast Civic Works Project (GCCWP) is hosting a National Campus Sleep Out on November 14, 2007. They will be highlighting the crisis in the Gulf and focusing on solutions. If you’d like to sign up your campus, visit the website or contact
(510) 508-5382.


All About WE

In a September 10, 2007 article to the San Francisco Chronicle, Maria Shriver, the first lady of California and honorary chair of CaliforniaVolunteers, called upon Californians to ‘think about the power of WE.’ The first lady goes on to state, “[w]hile every Californian can make a difference, if we joined together, we can create change. I am here today to tell you that my work is about WE.”  As the nation’s largest public university system and only systemwide office of service learning, the California State University recognizes that it indeed ‘takes a village’ to educate tomorrow’s leaders. This message was shared widely by some of CSU’s leaders in recent opinion editorials:

  • “As trustees of the entire CSU system, we are proud of all our students…Not only do students learn firsthand from these experiences, their service can enhance their understanding of important issues and beliefs about poverty, race relations and social justice.”
    - Carol Chandler and Pete Mehas, CSU Board of Trustee members, Fresno Bee, 10/01/07

  • “While spending thousands of hours tutoring and providing other support in community schools through service learning and student clubs, our undergraduates communicate to younger students that college is attainable.”
    - Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D., CSUMB President, Monterey County Weekly, 8/30/07

CSU San Bernardino’s Inaugural DisAbility Sports Festival

Aaron Moffett, lead faculty member who organized the DisAbility Sports Festival, welcomes a participant.More than 60 athletes of all ages with a variety of disabilities participated in Cal State San Bernardino's inaugural DisAbility Sports Festival on October 6, 2007. Through many Community-University Partnerships ongoing service-learning projects, 150 volunteers were able to experience the day, raising awareness of disability sports and physical activity, specific to the Inland Empire. In addition to athletic competitions, a variety of sports demonstrations for people with disabilities were available, along with Paralympian speakers, exhibits and vendors. CSUSB hopes to offer the festival every year, incorporating a new service-learning class in Kinesiology in which students will be able to participate in the event and also learn how to help enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.  Press Release

Participants at the CSU San Bernardino DisAbility Sports Festival

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