Public Affairs

Meeting Societal Needs Through Public Service

December 22, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

Meeting Societal Needs Through Public Service

Throughout the years, CSU students have been an integral part in community engagement activities, such as building safer neighborhoods, preserving languages and cultures, providing healthcare information, improving life for the disabled and preparing residents to be ready for natural disasters.

Everything from San José State’s SHINE where students help older immigrants become U.S. citizens to Cal State Long Beach’s El Monte Community Building Initiative that provides leadership training to emerging community leaders, the CSU takes pride in creating unique programs that benefit others.

In addition to students’ efforts, CSU faculty have used their skills to provide resources to communities including:

San Francisco State University recreation, parks and tourism faculty partnered with the Lake County Family Resource Center to provide a much-needed intervention program for domestic abuse survivors.

In collaboration with several occupational aid associations, a member of the business faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills developed mock job interviews for service-learning students planning careers in human resources and to help prepare high school students for the real-world experience.

California State University, Stanislaus nursing faculty partnered with Cal WORKS, the county welfare agency, on a pilot welfare-to-wellness-to-work program that provided health-related classes and activities to welfare recipients.

A CSU Bakersfield geology faculty member brought together local K-12 educators to train them on sampling ground water with the goal of increasing awareness about area water resources and conditions.

Sacramento State engineering faculty collaborated with community partners to solve real-world transportation issues that resulted in a parking utilization study, a proposed street redesign and an annual transportation survey.