Center for Community Engagement
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Vision, Mission & Definition

Our Vision
In 2018, the CSU Chancellor's Office Center for Community Engagement is leading higher education in effectively scaling and assessing high quality student engagement practices across the California State University through the work of its 23 campuses and its local and global communities.

Our Mission
The CSU Chancellor's Office Center for Community Engagement advances the California State University's systemwide and multi-campus commitment to serving the economic, public policy and social needs of our state. Through advocacy, innovation and leadership, the Center supports campus efforts that are rooted in the exchange and production of knowledge and resources in mutually beneficial partnerships with our local and global communities.

Our Definitions

Service Learning
A teaching method that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are substantively related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness and commitment to the community.

Community Engagement
While there are several definitions for community engagement and each campus has the prerogative to develop a definition that represents the culture of its campus and regional community the CSU Chancellor's Office is using, with a slight adaptation, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning's definition.

Community Engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange and production of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Examples of community engagement activities include, but are not limited to:

  • service-learning
  • voter registration drives
  • community-based research
  • community-centered forums
  • alternative spring breaks
  • community based internships
  • community service
Content Contact:
Judy Botelho
(562) 951-4749
Technical Contact:

Last Updated: October 07, 2015