Students from these California campuses were selected in Fall 2020 to participate in California Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons’ Center for Civic Engagement continues to work to facilitate its ongoing student-driven Community-Based Learning, co-curricular Social Action Team to examine the topic of housing insecurity and affordability. The project, entitled Hunger, Homelessness, and HOPE encourages students to employ design thinking, action research, Project-Based Learning, and social entrepreneurism to address this escalating social problem. Emphasizing collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity, students work collaboratively to demonstrate the power of HOPE–How Our Passion Engages campus and community.
Two students will serve as California Campus Compact-Community Engagement Student Fellows in Fresno State’s Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. The fellows will work as co-directors of the 3rd Annual LIFT Conference—a statewide conference that convenes student leaders around the shared responsibility of coordinating and supporting community engagement and service-learning opportunities for their peers in higher education settings. The Fellows will lead a team of student volunteers to coordinate and implement the event, including oversight of logistics, event volunteer coordination, organizing conference content, and marketing.
Loyola Marymount University
As a first generation student himself, the CESF fellow knows that many high school seniors are undergoing the most demanding year of their lives as many are struggling through the adversities of economic turmoil, educational downturn, and health decline; whilst remaining resilient through the college application process. The CESF fellow will create a project, Students4Students that will create a college mentorship program, that will assist high school seniors throughout the college application process. He will recruit other LMU students as volunteers, and outreach to local high schools who do not have college access programs, and provide them with mentoring and information that they will need to complete their college applications. In addition to providing information, he will have some of my peers become involved, allowing to build a network of connections with the mentees that will go beyond the extent of this initiative, and offering personalized assistance via zoom; revising essays, explaining various concepts, and more. He is positive that having someone as a resource will be comforting for the students, but also ensure future success and prosperity.
During her fellowship, the CESF Fellow will organize a vote center on campus and use social media to raise awareness and provide information about the upcoming election.
Sonoma State University
The CESF Fellow will be an English or Communication Studies major doing an unpaid internship as a blogger. They will create and edit blog posts in support of the Center for Community Engagement’s (CCE) efforts; create posts about events, community organizations and opportunities, and other community engagement topics; work closely with CCE student assistants, especially those working on updating our social media accounts and our website; and watch the work of our counterparts and community partners for ideas.
One Stanbridge University Veterinary Technology student will be selected to volunteer with Lions, Tigers, and Bears, an organization dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals. This nonprofit organization is a committed no kill, no breed sanctuary, allowing animals in their care to live out their lives with dignity in a safe and caring environment. The student volunteer will assist the staff at Lions, Tigers, and Bears, as requested.
The Public Service Internships program is a student lead internship program for students interested in learning more about careers in public service. The students who run the program support student interns in reflection exercises, planning and leading meetings to build professional development skills, and managing the program logistics. In the spring semester student leaders support their cohort in preparing for their next steps in the professional and academic lives. The student directors are currently planning several panels to help students build connections with public service professionals and current or recently graduated masters candidates. The student directors will plan events to support our cohort in preparing for their next steps in their professional and academic lives. The student director will organize and plan panels for the intern cohort as well as their other duties. The panels will offer students in our cohort an opportunity to connect with current public service professionals and current graduate students to ask about steps to inform their public service work. This year we will also focus on taking on a spirit of activism and organizing from a professional perspective.