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Judy Botelho

Judy Botelho, director
Center for Community Engagement

Phone: (562) 951-4749; Fax: (562) 951-4982

Judy's main responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating Systemwide Initiatives and Grant Programs
  • Fund Development and Management
  • Systemwide Meetings
  • Statewide and National Partnerships
  • Marketing and Communication (Publications, website, e-newsletter)
  • Systemwide Reporting
  • Risk Management
  • Legislative Bill Analysis
  • First Year Experience Initiative
  • Student Leadership Programs

Judy Botelho joined the CSU Office of the Chancellor's, Office of Community Service Learning (now the CSU Center for Community Engagement) in September 2002, and in that time has served in numerous capacities. Her work in the Chancellor's Office allows Judy to combine her many interests and passions, including continuing her advocacy work on behalf of students, and helping to secure resources for CSU campuses to continue to engage and expand their partnerships with California's communities.

Judy brings years of experience to the position through her extensive work in the CSU annual community based teaching & research conference, risk management for CSU students, publications, grant-writing and management, and providing leadership training for campus community engagement directors. In her work with the first year experience directors, Judy encouraged them to consider complementing the programs with service learning experiences for students. She, along with several CSU colleagues, developed a handbook on this topic titled, See it Grow: Two Organic Approaches to Bringing Civic Learning into the First Year.

Judy's advocacy for the importance of infusing service learning in academia stems from her undergraduate years at Simmons College in Boston, MA where she was actively involved in community service and civic engagement work. In 1996, as an intern with the Massachusetts Campus Compact, a pivotal moment changed the course and direction of her work - she recognized the importance of student advocacy in the service-learning movement and saw that there was a significant lack of understanding and participation from students themselves. As a result, Judy began to inform higher education administrators and legislators about the enormous impact that college students have on their communities.

After graduating from Simmons College with a BA in Economics, she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Massachusetts Campus Compact for two years. She then moved out to California to become the Director of the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service at Occidental College. Prior to coming to the Chancellor's Office, Judy served as the GEAR UP Coordinator at Washington Irving Middle School in Los Angeles, coordinating an after-school and weekend tutoring program, and organizing parent workshops including a variety of college and career events.

Judy's other passions include diving into a good book or diving into an outdoor sport, which these days mean that you can find her catching waves on her surfboard.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2012