Roles and Responsibilities
Before recruiting students to any community engagement program, it is important to have a clear sense of the role they will play and the responsibilities they will be given. Campus/organizational needs and culture, available resources, and student culture determine the roles and responsibilities given to students and have resulted in several different models throughout the CSU.
When designing your own student leader roles and responsibilities, there are four main areas where students can play a significant role in supporting community engagement (manual pages 30-57):
- Developing co-curricular community engagement programs and even
- Supporting academic service-learning courses
- Strengthening campus-community partnerships
- Serving in a governance positions
The (Student Leader) has helped our agency staff better understand service learning. They have also been a resource to professors, which helps bring more students to our organization; thereby, increasing awareness of the work we do.
—Community Partner, CSU Monterey Bay
CSU STUDENT LEADERS IN ACTION:
ACTIVITY (from pages 14-17 of the Workbook)
Create one potential position for a student leader in your program. Remember to think back to your ideas in the Asset Mapping Activity (.pdf). We recommend that job descriptions are created jointly by staff and student; however, it can be completed individually. Consider the following questions related to the job descriptions you just created:
- What needs to be put in place in order to support a student in this position?
- What are the logical next steps when you return home?
- What questions remain?
The CSU Center for Community Engagement gratefully acknowledges the Surdna Foundation for its generous and visionary support of The Next Stage: Boosting Service Learning to New Heights, three-year grant initiative.