Students from these California campuses were selected in January 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 is working to create a student-driven Community-Based Learning (CBL), co-curricular Social Action Team to examine the topics of food and shelter insecurity. The project, entitled Hunger, Homelessness, and HOPE encourages students to employ Design Thinking, Action Research, and Project-Based Learning (PBL) to address this escalating social problem. Emphasizing collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity–21st Century professional skills–students will work together to demonstrate the power of HOPE. More specifically, they will personally demonstrate “How Our Passion Engages” campus and community.
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University’s fellows will support a service program in the Center for Service and Action. They will continue the work begun by a previous fellow to evaluate the effectiveness of a training workshop for volunteers at our university’s Special Games event and collaborate with the identified disability expert to implement recommended training changes. The pressing need is insufficient preparation community-based learning students receive before they volunteer to coach people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The impact we hope to make with this fellowship opportunity is threefold: develop student leaders, increase campus understanding about how to serve the disabled, and improve the experience of community members with disabilities who attend.
Sonoma State University
The SSU CACC CE Student Fellow will be an English or Communication Studies major serving as a blogger. S/he will create and edit blog posts in support of the CCE’s 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 the website; and watch the work of our counterparts and community partners for ideas.
The CESF fellow will support the Public Service Internships program (PSI). The PSI program intends to support interns in exploring careers in public service while highlighting how government, advocacy, community organizers, and nonprofits bring about change in their communities. The 2020 fellow will support graduating seniors in discerning their next steps by planning career panels, hosting professional development workshops focused on how to translate their service experiences to their job search, and how to hold their values in their professional lives.
UC San Diego
One CESF Fellow will work as a UC San Diego Student Health Advocate, who are volunteer peer health educators that work to enhance the personal health of students and the collective health and well-being of the campus community through educational workshops, events, campaigns, and programs. These peer educators address topics such as nutrition, sexual health, stress, alcohol, physical activity, and more. Specific activities include: Educating other students about health issues and concerns through educational outreach programs on campus and in the community; Making presentations to students and the community about health issues; Participating in training fellow students; Attending meetings and workshops where information and ideas are exchanged; Improving communication, presentation and facilitation skills; Learning to be a confident leader among their peers.
Stanbridge University successfully secured donations to fund their students to serve as CESF Fellows.
Surf & Turf Therapy - Romel Ramirez
Stanbridge University will select one Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) student to volunteer with Surf & Turf Therapy, a nonprofit dedicated to integrated therapy services by providing clinical excellence and personalized care, while making alternative therapies proven and reputable therapeutic forms. The student volunteer will learn about the surf/ocean based therapy aligned with developing fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory integration; as well as turf/land based therapy aligned with developing tone management, bilateral coordination, strength and stability.
Life’s Toolbox - Ana-Karina Nguyen
Stanbridge University will select one MSOT student to volunteer with Life’s Toolbox, a nonprofit aligned with creating life skill classes for children, teens, adults, seniors and veterans. Through classes focused on life skills associated with therapeutic crafting and the veteran’s aquatic program, the student fellow will assist participants in gaining or regaining productive life skills through engagement in activities.
Shadetree Nursery - Marc Andres
One Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student from Stanbridge University will be selected to volunteer with Shadetree Nursery, a hands-on, volunteer based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes more liveable communities through the planting and stewardship of shade trees. The student volunteer will assist and shadow the staff at Shadetree Nursery as requested.
Lions, Tigers, and Bears - Sara Wright
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.
Chapman House - Kristy Sook Hyun Alvarez
One nursing student from Stanbridge University’s LVN program will be selected to volunteer with the Chapman House, behavioral health center, an organization which provides medication-assisted drug & alcohol detoxification as well as a full spectrum of evidence based behavioral and modern therapeutic rehabilitation programs. The student volunteer will assist and shadow the staff at the Chapman House as requested.
American Red Cross- Ahlam Jubran
One ADN student from Stanbridge University will be selected to volunteer with the American Red Cross organization, assisting at the registration table at blood drives, interacting with the charge nurse and patients, as well as providing patients with literature related to the blood drives and answers to any questions they may have.