2010 Research Conference

East Bay:  Leadership by Design

California State University, East Bay serves the San Francisco east bay region with two scenic campuses — one in the Hayward Hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the other in Concord. With a growing enrollment of more than 14,000, the University attracts students from throughout the region and state, as well as from more than 80 countries around the world.  Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and an Ed.D. in education. The region that Cal State East Bay serves is home to an extraordinarily diverse and dynamic population of 2.5 million in two counties, Alameda and Contra Costa. Not only is the region one of the state's most important economic and cultural centers, it is also growing and changing rapidly. As a result, the East Bay faces complex and interrelated new challenges ranging from housing, employment, and transportation to education, economic opportunity, and multicultural inclusion.

Faculty member Mary Fortune, service-learning director Mary D’Alleva, and CSUEB student, Marissa deHerrera came together to develop student leadership positions that support RECR 4502: Special Event Planning -- a service-learning course where enrolled students develop a “Leadership By Design” Summer Day Camp for at-risk high school students. Student leaders are involved in all stages of the project. Some of their responsibilities include: designing camp activities for youth, conducting outreach to other student organizations, recruiting and training other students to serve as camp volunteers, securing funds, recruiting youth participants, and organizing logistics such as housing, food and meeting locations. After a successful Leadership By Design Summer Camp in August of 2010, the team is now focusing on how sustain the camp and build a leadership institute for students. Future plans are to improve, sustain and replicate this model to other service-learning courses.  

Program Contacts:
Mary D'Alleva
Director, Community Service Learning
Phone: (510) 885-4437

Mary Fortune
Associate Professor
Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism
(510) 885-3750

Surdna Foundation

The CSU Center for Community Engagement gratefully acknowledges the Surdna Foundation for its generous and visionary support of The Next Stage: Boosting Service Learning to New Heights, three-year grant initiative.