Dominguez Hills: A Native American Tradition Brings a Community Together
In April 2013, CSU Dominguez Hills hosted the 3rd annual Pow Wow honoring Native American victims of crime and violence. Pow wows are a critical component of American Indian society; the arenas serve both social and spiritual functions, bringing people together to celebrate, dance, pray and honor Native American tradition and culture. In the spirit of community, planning for and support of the Pow Wow involved the entire Dominguez Hills campus. Anthropology students worked throughout the semester to help organize the Pow Wow and alongside faculty, staff and community leaders volunteered during the two days of the event assisting dancers, vendors, and participants. Students shared that the experience greatly increased their knowledge of contemporary Native American issues.
“Everyone should have this experience!”
– CSU Dominguez Hills Anthropology student response to survey on volunteering for Native American Pow Wow
community needs through public service:
California Maritime Academy's Martin Luther King National Day of Service took place in spring of 2013. While helping to restore part of Vallejo's local history, students interacted with community members, established a strong camaraderie with each other and were inspired to continue the work they were doing until projects were completed several months later.
Nineteen CSU Chico participants arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana, to begin work for Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) Alternative Spring Break (ASB), in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Their ingenuity and hard work pay off, as volunteers build homes for economically disadvantaged families.
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“Change the Status Quo” is a social justice conference with a ten-year history at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Workshop topics range from environmental issues, to homelessness, fair trade, sexual assault, mental health, and sexuality, and are presented by students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
Shadow Day is an annual event at Sonoma State where students enrolled in University 222 serve as mentors for juniors from Roseland University Prep (RUP). The purpose of this event is to prepare RUP juniors for college, whether it is at Sonoma State or another university.