East Bay: A First Year Experience to Remember
CSU East Bay has taken a new approach in introducing first-year students to the first few weeks of college. Through an intentional one-day community service experience, students explore and give back to the community through Freshman Day of Service. In its second year, 1,325 freshmen enrolled in General Studies participated in 77 service projects, which included facilities improvement and environmental restoration with organizations such as Save the Bay. Students also assisted with local urban gardening efforts both on and off-campus, including CSU East Bay’s Diaspora Collaborative Garden Project which aims to create edible gardens that will repurpose high water consumption lawn areas on campus to produce food for either on-campus consumption or to be sold at local farmer’s markets. Class dialogues and assignments provided opportunities for students to reflect on their experience and connect their experience to course content.
“The project at the Monument Crisis center was such an eye opening experience, and gave me a chance to help someone other than friends, family, or myself. Helping and conversing with those people made me really feel for the first time that I had some purpose in my life. It was a great feeling putting smiles on everyone's face, and look forward to contributing more to future projects!”
—Michael Jenkerson, Freshman Day of Service Student
community needs through public service:
California State University 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.
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.
The Service Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay supports students at their community placements through an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP). This year's VIPs have coordinated more than 4,700 volunteers who have served nearly 109,000 Monterey County residents through more than 46,000 hours of service.
“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.