Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement
The CSUDH Center for Service-Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE) is committed to facilitating and fostering quality experiential learning opportunities for students. We support the development of symbiotic relationships among campus, local communities in the Greater Los Angeles/South Bay areas, and global neighbors of the world community. SLICE advocates campus contributions of knowledge and skill which promote the quality of life in these communities. We support high impact practices for student success including experiential learning and community based research. Our work upholds the University Mission in its commitment to “excellence and pluralism in higher education and to further the goals of a democratic society through wide participation and civic responsibility in community, social, and economic affairs.
Thank you to all who helped with toys, school supplies and gift cards for the Elizabeth Ann Seaton Emergency Shelter for homeless single parents and their children.
Here is our new Service-Learning/Community-Based Research Handbook:
California State University, Dominguez Hills was named as a President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Engagement as a Presidential Award Finalists for 2013!
Honor Roll Announcement Website
Honor Roll Announcement
Read about some of the awesome service projects: Helping Compton's Preschoolers
If you would like to learn more about American Indian pow wows, the various dances and regalia, and pow wow etiquette, please check our our pow wow guide and our short video created by our own award winning videographer, Mario Congreve. We'll post photos soon.
Pow Wow Video
Pow Wow Guide
American Indian Initiative
See what instructor Judy King is doing in her exciting service-learning class GEO 429 Campus as a Living Lab
Check out our latest newsletter, Community Connections
If you are considering starting a service learning class, feel free to contact us. Please be aware that it is necessary to have a site agreement with the collaborating agency in place before placing students in the field. For an example site agreement and other useful forms, please visit our "forms" page at: http://www.csudh.edu/csl/forms/
For a list of community partners that already have a site agreement with the university, please visit our "community partner" page: http://www.csudh.edu/csl/communitypartners/
If you are looking for community resources, go to our "Resources" at the menu and see the link to our new community resources handbook.
If you'd like to know more about service learning, reflection, or assessment, please go to our "resources" page: http://www.csudh.edu/csl/resources/
For paid internships, please visit the Career Center: http://www.csudh.edu/studentaffairs/careercenter/
What We Do…
We offer assistance to faculty who plan to incorporate service learning into one or more of their courses, to students looking for internships or community engagement opportunities, and for staff who just want to get involved.
Some of our services include:
• Curriculum development
• Faculty development workshops
• Student/Intern workshops
• Forms (needs assessments, evaluations, etc.)
• One-on-one technical assistance for service learning course development or conversion
• Maintaining a service learning and community engagement resource library
• Providing events for showcasing students, faculty, and staff community engagement activities and opportunities
What is Service Learning?
Service-Learning Course is "A course that incorporates at least 15 hours of course-related community service with reflection activities to enhance students' understanding of course content, self-awareness, and civic engagement." - CSU Dominguez Hills Academic Senate Executive Committee, 2003
What is Civic Engagement?
“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” – Thomas Ehrlich
Civic engagement is community engagement whether it's next door or on the other side of the world.
What Does Service Learning Accomplish?
Service learning is a high impact practice that promotes students understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness & commitment to the community. This balance of key components sets service-learning apart from other service-oriented approaches.
Service learning helps the university become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic and moral problems – Boyer, 1966.
Service Learning assists the student with interpersonal development, ability to work with others, leadership and communications skills – Eyler and giels, 2001.
How Do I Find Service-Learning Opportunities?
Contact the Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement at (310) 243-2438.
See our Emeritus Community Heroes Newsletter of our emeritus faculty community engagement activities:
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected California State University, Dominguez Hills for its Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
For the DH Dateline article, go here: http://www.csudh.edu/univadv/dateline/archives/20110107/campusnews/csu.htm
For our teach in for Academic Freedom and supporting Ethnic Studies go here.
To Read First Lady Michelle Obama's speech about service Learning go here.
We are pleased to announce we now have the Jumpstart for Young Children program on campus to serve the preschool children of the Carson and Compton communities. For details, go to:
To See President Obama's Proclamation on the National Day of Service go HERE
To learn more about campus communit engagement, go to Events.
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