2010 Research Conference

Monterey Bay: Student Leaders for Service Learning (SL)2

The CSU Monterey Bay campus extends for 1,365 acres between the Monterey Bay marine sanctuary and the agriculturally rich Salinas Valley. More than 3,500 students and 334 faculty members enjoy the university’s dynamic multiple-focus degree programs designed to prepare students for the job demands of the 21st century. CSU Monterey Bay offers 12 broad undergraduate degree programs that incorporate nearly 100 traditional majors including 29 formal concentrations.

The university provides a unique learning experience where students learn through service to the community, seek global perspective, employ the latest technologies, honor diversity, interconnect several fields of study, and demonstrate learning in hands-on ways. Student Leaders for Service Learning (sl)2 is a program of the Service Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay and was founded in 1996 through a three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation. The Service Learning Institute fosters and promotes social justice by cultivating reciprocal service and learning partnerships among CSU Monterey Bay students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding tri-county community. Through the (sl)2 program, approximately 15 to 25 student leaders support service-learning courses, implement co-curricular service activities, and serve as site coordinators for community organizations. Each year, approximately 1,400 students in 60 service-learning courses provide 70,000 hours of service to 165 community organizations.

A unique feature of the (sl)2 program is the one-month intensive training course required of all student leaders prior to beginning their work on campus. The course is designed to develop students’ leadership capacities as community builders and effective service-learning practitioners by deepening their understanding of themselves, the surrounding community, and service-learning theory and practice. The Service Learning Institute is housed in the College of University Studies and Programs within the Division of Academic Affairs and works to build collaborative relationships with the Division of Student Affairs. The (sl)2 program is currently working toward institutionalizing the program through state funds.

Program Contact:
Deborah Burke
Faculty Coordinator of Student Leadership
(831) 582-3631

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.