Public Affairs, The California State University

Answering the Call to Service

Student success at the CSU stems from participating in activities that allow scholars to flex what they have learned in the classroom into real-world experiences. Whether it is through service learning, community-based research, alternative break programs or student-led service clubs, community service allows students to enhance their skills and talents, as well as develop long-lasting relationships with professionals from various industries.

In the 2012-13 academic year, more than 63,000 CSU students ignited their passion for making an impact and had the opportunity to help make a difference within the community through service learning. Additionally, sixteen CSU campuses were recognized in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their commitment to community service. Some endeavors that students participated in include the following:

Fresno State students provided 17,900 hours of service through the Jumpstart and Fresno READS programsNinety-three Fresno State students provided 17,900 hours of service through the Jumpstart and Fresno READS programs. With the Federal Work Study money earned through participation in these programs, the students provided the region with thousands of books and other in-kind donations.

Cal Maritime cadets worked with students from local Boys & Girls Clubs to create more than 100 valentine cards that were delivered to Mare Island VA Outpatient Clinic during the week of Valentine’s Day.

CSU Channel Islands students are helping fight pollution by collecting and mapping trash around Port Hueneme Pier. Using a GPS device, 30 students mapped the location of the litter and sent the information to a database that the EPA will use as a part of its new program to address pollution at its source.

Cal State Long Beach students logged more than 400 service hours and countless volunteer hours helping restore the highly-polluted Colorado Lagoon. The Lagoon is now open and serves as one of the few urban wetlands that provide vital refuge for wildlife and native species.

In an effort to promote health awareness, 30 health administration students at CSU Northridge worked with the One Generation Senior Enrichment Center on a diabetes awareness video that helped senior citizens learn about good health choices.

CSU San Marcos bi-monthly food driveKinesiology service-learning students at CSU San Marcos helped set up bi-monthly food distributions around the community to help promote healthy nutrition. They held 12 distributions, serving over 36,000 pounds of food to more than 2,000 students and community members.

Students at CSU San Bernardino presented the opera “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti” to over 200 San Bernardino City Unified School District students. The experience provided a rare opportunity for students to see an opera accompanied by a professional orchestra, including the behind-the-scenes procedures.