Students from these California campuses were selected in Spring 2022 to participate in LEAD California’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 LEAD California member campuses throughout the state.

CSU Channel Islands
The Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Sustainability & Energy will collaborate to create a Zero Waste Coordinator(s) position to conduct campus audits and outreach to improve waste diversion at CSU Channel Islands. The Coordinator will design educational signage, recruit and lead volunteers, organize outreach campaigns, conduct waste audits, and coordinate interactive engagement activities with the campus community. A main focus will be assisting with successful implementation of new campus food waste collection systems. This may consist of hosting ‘waste watcher’ events to educate people at the moment of disposal about how to sort and dispose of waste.
CSU Chico
The CESF student’s major responsibilities center voter outreach, engagement, education programming. Specifically, under the mentorship of the Civic Engagement faculty, the student will help produce several video shorts to be disseminated throughout campus. These videos will center the importance of voting and key political issues, such as redistricting, gerrymandering, and voting rights and suppression. The student will help organize and execute voter engagement events on campus, including a voting-related film screening series and voter registration efforts. This experience will enable students to connect with voter and campus and community partners who prioritize voting and other forms of civic engagement.
CSU Sacramento
For more than 25 years, the goal of CEC has been to make a difference in the lives of our students and the Sacramento region by providing opportunities for service and community engagement. The CESF students will continue this tradition by participating in service and community leadership events and initiatives during Spring 2022. The CESF will (1) develop a campaign to increase student participation in the Democracy 2022 Youth Film Challenge; (2) plan and execute state-wide CESF meetings that may result in the First Annual CESF Showcase; and, (3) support and participate CEC and on-campus partners with 3 significant civic and community engagement programs: Alternative Spring Break, 3rd Annual CRISJ Community EmpowermentFaire and Voter Engagement at Sac State.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons’ Center for Civic Engagement continues to advance its ongoing student-driven, co-curricular PLACE 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 demonstrate the power of HOPE. More specifically, they demonstrate “How Our Passion Engages” campus and community.
Humboldt State University
The Center for Community Based Learning at Humboldt State University has created a Peer Leadership Program to support students in service-learning classes, with a specific focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and first-generation students. Peer Leaders will regularly meet with students to aid in the reflection process and address any challenges that may arise in their community-based placements, give presentations on the benefits of service-learning, and work closely with faculty throughout the semester to share best practices to ensure students are successful.
Occidental College
The CESF fellow is creating an action plan to increase civic learning, political engagement, and student voter participation at Occidental College. This will provide the campus a framework for developing and documenting institutional goals and strategies for fostering a civic ethos on campus and institutionalizing elements of democratic engagement into the curriculum and co-curriculum. Her personal goal is to strategically prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College's action plan.
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.
Stanbridge University
Stanbridge University will select one OTA student to work with Life College. Life College is a program which assists young adults with intellectual disabilities such as Autism, Fragile X, and other developmentally delayed learners; to lead independent lives with the help of meaningful and ongoing transition support through Occupational Therapy.