Message from Chancellor White
I was pleased and impressed to learn, when I joined the California State University this year, that nearly half of the CSU’s 437,000 students participate in some form of community service. Activities range from volunteering a few hours as part of the first year experience, to taking one of 2,985 service-learning classes, to doing research with nonprofit organizations on community-identified needs. This equates to partnerships with more than 3,000 community organizations throughout the Golden State and 32 million hours of service annually resulting in an economic impact of $708 million. While these numbers are impressive, they do not capture how the CSU is preparing active, engaged and informed civic leaders for the 21st century, nor do they capture the personal stories of lives being transformed.
Service learning and community engagement programs are hallmarks of the California State University and an integral component of our mission to provide the public services that enrich our 23 universities and our local communities. CSU students, faculty, staff and more than 2.8 million alumni are contributing to the social, health, cultural and economic well-being of our local and global communities.
I am honored to support these engaged learning experiences.
Timothy P. White