San Francisco: Representing the “Experientia Docet” Motto
“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. Driven by their enthusiasm for math, SFSU faculty and graduate students lead a weekly program for middle and high school teachers and students who work together on challenging mathematical problems in the San Francisco Math Circle (SFMC) program. San Francisco State math professor Mariel Vazquez, a pioneer in DNA topology, was recently recognized as a promising young scientist by President Barack Obama. She shares her passion for math by mentoring college students and teaching DNA topology, an emerging field where pure math is applied to the biological mysteries of DNA, to the children at the SFMC.
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.
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 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.
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.