Students from these California campuses were selected in September 2019 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’ 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.
Two students will serve as CACC – CESF Fellows in Fresno State’s Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. The fellows will work as co-directors of the 2nd 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’s fellows will support a service program in the Center for Service and Action. They will evaluate the effectiveness of a training workshop for volunteers at our university’s Special Games event and recruit a disability expert to recommend 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.
The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) will engage two student fellows during Fall 2019. One student fellow will work with Cypress Park Community Job Center to provide weekly English language workshops for day laborers at the job center. The fellow will spend time providing English language lessons on site as well as creating and updating curriculum, worksheets, and activities that will help workers communicate at job sites, negotiate wages, know their rights, and self-advocate. SLICE’s second fellow will partner with a local community organization, College Access Plan (CAP), to provide after-school college readiness programs for underserved middle school students attending Pasadena Unified School District. The fellow will help facilitate classes focused on exploration of college, career, academic, and personal interests, and assist in updating CAP’s college-readiness curriculum for middle school students.
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.
For over 50 years, the Public Service Center at UC Berkeley has served as the heart of civic engagement and the voice of public service for the campus. The CESF fellows will serve as student directors for two of our programs – CREATE and RSI (Residential Service Initiative). For CREATE, the Fellow will co-manage an arts-based service program that supports 65 undergraduate student volunteers in serving 10 local community programs through the arts. For RSI, the Fellow will support a cohort of 15-20 residential leaders to create service opportunities for 6,500 students living in UC Berkeley’s residence halls.
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.
The Center for Student Involvement at University of California San Diego will engage the other student fellow who will coordinate Alternative Weekends, a companion program to the popular Alternative Breaks program. Students participating in Alternative Weekends gain exposure to social justice and service work in the local San Diego community through educational workshops, direct service opportunities and reflection activities in a weekend format. An example of an Alternative Weekend could be exploring the US-Mexico border where students can learn about border issues and serve on both sides of the border.
Stanbridge University successfully secured donations to fund their students to serve as CESF Fellows.
One Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) student will volunteer at Share Our Selves organization, engaging in social service activities as well as special events, including, but not limited to: front desk support; food sorting, bagging, and distribution; data entry – administrative support; interpretive services (if applicable), and fundraising events. Through this unique fellowship opportunity the student will be immersed in a wonderful corps of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the community.
One Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) student will volunteer with Salus Hospice under the preceptorship of an RN or the mentorship of an LVN learning about hospice care. Additionally, administrative tasks related to hospice care may be provided as needed to provide a comprehensive learning experience.
The Stanbridge CESF Fellow will assist and shadow The Segerstrom Center for the Arts – School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities staff by volunteering to assist with their classes while focusing on ergonomics/body mechanics training, as well as adaptation recommendations, to meet the needs of Segrestrom’s clients.
One Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student will work with clients at the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding to assist in the development of adaptive equine riding programs customized to the client’s unique capabilities, as well as incorporate and learn the equine assisted therapy programs that address more than 75 physical, emotional, social, and cognitive challenges for people with disabilities. Through integration across a broad spectrum of equine assisted therapy activities, the OTA student will master adaptation techniques and therapeutic treatments to provide emotional and physical rewards to individuals of all ages, with varied disabilities.
One Veterinary Technology (RVT) student will shadow and support select staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific, learning about veterinary medicine first-hand from experts in the field of aquatic animal care.