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Sept./Oct. 2010 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News Vol. 8, No. 1

Two local braceros featured in the exihibit take a photo with CSUCI Chicano Professor, Jose Alamillo

In early September, CSU Channel Islands unveiled the Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 and CSUCI’s: The Braceros of Ventura County exhibition. Former braceros and their families attended the event. The exhibit is open thru October 31, 2010. Exhibit Information.


New Risk Management Webinar Set for November 10

California Campus Compact Executive Director Elaine Ikeda, Ph.D., and California State University, Monterey Bay, Professor of Service-Learning Seth Pollack, Ph.D., will present "Serving Safely: Tips and Advice for Risk Management in Service-Learning," a new one-hour webinar, on November 10, 2010. The webinar is part of the Kansas Campus Compact Fall 2010 Webinar Series. Individuals who are part of California Campus Compact and Kansas Campus Compact member institutions may participate in the "Serving Safely" webinar free of charge. Registration for individuals from non-California Campus Compact and non-Kansas Campus Compact institutions is $30. For more information on the webinar series, including how to register, please click here. The deadline to register is November 3, 2010.

The CSU also had a plethora of resources for managing risk in service learning.

2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. There are significant changes to this year’s competition. The Honor Roll is shifting the emphasis from outputs, such as numbers of service participants, to community outcomes, such as the changes that result from the service activities. The 2010 competition seeks to celebrate institutions with best-practice service programs.  

The Honor Roll was created in 2006 to annually recognize the combined exemplary community service efforts of higher education institutions’ students, faculties, and staffs. Institutions that make the Honor Roll are rewarded with enriched learning, stronger alumni and community ties, public awareness of community contributions, and the ability to attract first-rate faculty and students. Deadline: December 16, 2010.



In 2003, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times launched the American Democracy Project (ADP), a multi-campus initiative with the goal “to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities.”

Since the first CSU campus opened its doors to students, the CSU has prided itself on providing numerous opportunities for students to be engaged with their communities locally and globally. Therefore, participation in ADP has been a natural fit - allowing campuses to broaden teaching strategies, form exciting multi-campus collaborative partnerships, and engage in some of ADP’s most prominent national initiatives, such as Seven Revolutions and Stewardship of Public Lands.

In the age of fast-paced technology and social media networks, high-impact and deep- learning experiences such as interactive and lively classroom discussions, first year experience, service learning, and senior capstones have proven to substantially benefit student learning. In an editorial article, “All the News That’s Fit to Teach,” Dr. Elaine Leeder of Sonoma State shares how she has used the New York Times in her classroom for more than 20 years to deepen student understanding and to teach critical and analytical skills.

“The classroom is huge, abuzz with two hundred and twenty students chatting about the latest articles they have selected from the New York Times (NYT). The students discuss with a neighbor what they learned and how the article ties to a concept or theory from sociology. They are taught to ask: 'Is this an issue of cultural relativity or ethnocentrism?' 'Am I looking at a good example of racism, sexism, social inequality or the power differentials in a society?' These first and second year college students ponder such matters as they read the daily NYT as part of the assignment for Introduction to Sociology.

I have been using the NYT for the last twenty years as I teach a class that makes information from around the world relevant to college student's lives. By reading the hard copy paper my students have been introduced to reading an actual newspaper, often for the first time in their lives. ...Often what is read in the paper is tied to what they are reading in their textbook." Full Story.

Related Resources:
The New York Times in College

Introduction to Sociology 201 Syllabus- Elaine Leeder (.doc)


CSU Launches (STEM)2 Program

In September, the CSU launched the (STEM)2 program, Service learning Transforming Educational Models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” which is funded by Learn and Serve America. (STEM)2 will increase service-learning opportunities in STEM disciplines, enhancing student interest and success in STEM.

New CSU and Minerva Project Collaborative

The California State University, Center for Community Engagement has partnered with the Sonoma-based Minerva Project (MP) in a year-long pilot program that will provide free consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Press Release

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