Pomona: Modeling the “Learn by Doing” Philosophy
As the recipient of Cal Poly Pomona’s 2013 Faculty Award for Civic Engagement, history professor Eileen Wallis personifies the Cal Poly motto of “learn by doing.” In 2012-13, she recruited more than 250 students to be active in the community and to engage in historical site documentation. With service learning incorporated into three of her courses, Dr. Wallis provides hands-on and relevant engaging experiences for her students. In partnership with the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Dr. Wallis, who teaches three service-learning courses, organized several service-learning projects in which her students created docent guides and online exhibits of the agricultural history of Pomona, and aided in the preparation of conferences on the region.
“All of our partners say, ‘Your students are wonderful. Send more. They've helped us to look at things differently.' I don't know if our students realize how powerful they are. Our effect on the community shows the taxpayers—the people who live in the communities where these projects take place—that investing in service learning is worthwhile. They can see the results of a Cal Poly Pomona education.”
—Christina Gonzalez-Salgado, Cal Poly Pomona CCE Service-Learning Coordinator
faculty enhancing campus programs:
CSU Channel Islands students in Liberal Studies 200 partnered with the Ventura County Juvenile Justice System to create the inaugural service learning initiative, the Prison Education Project, to mentor and tutor incarcerated youth at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo.
The Civic Urban Education minor launched in fall 2012 provides Fresno State students with the opportunity to gain a strong background in urban studies, work with diverse communities and understand and learn how to implement effective components of service learning pedagogy.
Fourteen Golden West College (GWC) faculty members received training on service-learning pedagogy from CSU Fullerton's Center for Internships and Community Engagement as part of the CSU's Give Students a Compass grant program. As a step toward greater institutionalization of service learning at GWC, 10 faculty members will receive stipends from the President's Office for offering a service learning course in the 2013-14 academic year.
“Experientia Docet” (Experience Teaches), the motto of San Francisco State (SFSU), embodies the institution's century-old commitment to community and civic engagement. Faculty engagement at SFSU not only impacts the 9,000 students enrolled in nearly 500 service-learning courses annually, but it extends beyond the classroom.
Rain was brought indoors to more than 200 fifth and sixth graders at Osborn Elementary School in Turlock, CA. CSU Stanislaus students in Dr. Augustine Avwunudiogba's geography class set up rain simulators for the elementary school children that replicated the effects of rain on four soil test plots.