Students from these California campuses were selected in Spring 2021 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 engagement, 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–21st Century professional skills–students work collaboratively to advance the power of HOPE. More specifically, they demonstrate “How Our Passion Engages” campus and community.
Collaboratory is an online database used to organize and report data about community engagement and public service activities and relationships. This tool allows our university to collect data on our community engagement as it relates to resiliency and recovery, sustainability, and equity. The CESF student will be part of a civic engagement team piloting Collaboratory. The student’s major responsibilities will be to participate in supporting faculty and staff in loading data, as well as contacting community partners and assisting in the populating of their information. The experience will give the intern a broad understanding of university-community partnerships.
Mount Saint Mary’s University
The Student Fellow will design, facilitate, and assess this year’s Alternative Spring Break. Service and engagement are hallmarks of a Mount education. We are called to “care for our dear neighbor” through our actions both inside and outside of the classroom. Our founding order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), inspire us with their charism, “unifying love,” which serves as thread to all of our service-learning opportunities. This year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will take place in a virtual format, providing students with opportunities to connect with organizations that support gender parity, equity, and womxn’s issues.
The proposed initiative reflects a focus both on Oxy student community-building and service-learning/community participation. The intent is to engage historically marginalized students by creating a digital space in which they can connect throughout their time at Oxy. The project, while creating a multi-layered ‘Social Identity Support and Networking’ experience on the Occidental College Presence platform, will serve to connect students with each other and with leadership development opportunities on and off-campus. Components will include, but not limited to, the first-year experience, peer-to-peer and alumni networking, political and social activism in Los Angeles, and community-based learning and service events.
Sacramento State University
With a focus on racial inequality and health disparities, CESF students will be engaged in service, service-learning and community engagement leadership by: 1) attending planning meetings and participating with CEC staff as leaders for Alternative Spring Break 2021; 2) assisting with coordinating the Writing Partners service-learning program; 3) collaborating with the Center on Race, Immigration & Social Justice to plan a Community Empowerment Faire during spring 2021; 4) collaborating with the campus One World Initiative: Global Perspectives on Resilience to plan an event focused on social justice, equity, and resilience; and 5) assisting in planning the CEC 25th Anniversary event.
San Jose City College
All too often, students reach out for help after experiencing dire need and find difficulty understanding where to turn or are met with red tape and re-routes. As such, we will design and pilot a comprehensive peer empowerment program. A well-trained core group of student leaders will support the capacity building of program participants across a number of domains including housing, mental health, employment, income, and 14 other areas. Using pre/interim/post assessment tools we will measure our effectiveness in improving our students’ lives.
Sonoma State University
The SSU CAC CE Student 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 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 our website; and watch the work of our counterparts and community partners for ideas.
Two Stanbridge University students (studying in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program) will be volunteering with the My Day Counts organization assisting with various programs and project development in a remote/virtual capacity, for programs such as: LIFE Training Activity Program – TAP, Community Employment Services-CES, Independent Living Services-ILS, Consumer Choice Day Activity Program – CCDAP, the Life Unlimited program, and other Life Empowering Programs.