Center for Community Engagement

Center for Community Engagement

Bringing Communities and the University Together

Community Engagement and COVID-19

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Each semester more than 2,000 CSULB students enroll in academic internship and service learning classes that provide students with unique opportunities for quality, in-depth learning in community-based settings like child care centers,  hospitals, schools, and non-profit organizations—just to name a few.  CSULB’s priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of our students as well as of those with whom they are serving in the community, and we have worked hard throughout the summer to provide internship and service learning experiences that address health and safety issues while continuing to provide those quality learning experiences. Our staff is committed to supporting all involved in community engagement activities. Below are resources we have gathered or developed for our intern and service learning students, internship and service learning faculty, and the community partners with whom they work and serve.
 

Student Resources

Our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is student safety and health and we urge everyone to comply with the University and City of Long Beach guidelines. 

In alignment with the University’s decision that Fall semester 2020 will rely primarily on remote instruction with limited in-person and hybrid classes on campus, service-learning and internships will for the most part occur remotely. The University has been working closely with faculty and community organizations throughout the summer to identify and develop quality remote-learning experiences for our interns and service learning students.  While remote experiences are prioritized, non-remote experiences are being considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you have questions about your internship or service learning placements you should contact your instructor.  If you need additional assistance, please let us know. We are here to help.

  • Service Learning questions should be directed to CCE-SL@csulb.edu.
  • Internship questions should be directed to Interim Dean for Student Success, Dr. Beth Manke at beth.manke@csulb.edu

Please note, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education have very clear, well-thought out, and articulated procedures for managing clinical placements and student teacher placements. Students in these colleges are urged to contact their instructors directly for more information.

 

PROFESSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Essential Skills Materials 

 

STUDENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Mutual Aid Moments – Mutual aid systems are an essential aspect of human life. They are hyper-local systems of community support in which community members take responsibility for each other to ensure that everyone’s immediate needs are met. If this is occurring in your service learning course or elsewhere in your life, consider sharing this with others. Please share short videos (30 seconds or less), images, and short descriptions of what you are doing with the national organization of colleges and universities, Campus Compact. We also encourage you to share this with the CSULB Center for Community Engagement.

Asset-Based Community Building+ COVID-19 Resources and Inspiration for Unleashing Abundance and Collective Care in Times of Crisis. In times of crisis, we are reminded of the irreplaceable importance community--of caring for our neighbors, exercising our mutual giftedness, and everyday people taking the initiative to creatively solve problems without waiting for permission or leadership from institutions, professionals or politicians. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ordinary people in communities are organizing across the globe like never before to pool resources and co-creating strong structures for mutual care. With this list, The ABCD Institute hopes to nourish this groundswell by celebrating, collecting and making more visible these tools and growing evidence of the limitless capacity within communities and people everywhere.

Student Relief Fund – An example of a student-organized response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Activity with Seniors – TimeSlips is collaborating with aging services organizations to invite people to write letters and cards to older adults in care homes.  You will find a link to a webinar they just had as well as resources that describe the project. Recorded Webinar here.

Mapping Food Distribution. A group of Stanford University graduate and undergraduate students majoring in journalism, chemical engineering, education and epidemiology built a map so families can find their nearest school food distribution site throughout the Bay Area.  

Creating Medical Protective Gear – Examples of university’s meeting the needs of essential medical personnel.

 

 

Faculty Resources

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Remote Service Learning & Community Engagement Resources, Examples, & Best Practices (PDF) - This document includes examples and suggestions for integrating service learning and community engagement in remote courses. 

Resources & Articles on Designing and Delivering Remote Courses (PDF) - This document includes resources with tips for online teaching, as well as general online teaching methods. Additionally, resources to help foster engagement and collaboration within online courses are provided.

Digital Resources for Faculty & Community Partners (PDF) - This document highlights various digital platforms that can be used in remote courses or community work to facilitate engagement, creativity, and connection. 

 

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SERVICE LEARNING FACULTY

Continuing community engaged teaching during COVID-19 – IUPUI Center for Service & Learning 

The CSU Chancellor’s Office hosted three webinars focusing on teaching online service learning courses. Information on accessing these webinars will be posted soon.

April 30, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM            Creating an Online Service Learning Course

May 4, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM               Establishing Partnerships for an Online Service Learning Course

May 7, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM               Incorporating Reflection in an Online Service Learning Course

SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF SERVICE LEARNING ACTIVITIES & CASE STUDIES 

Student Relief Fund – An example of a student-organized response: 

 https://www.studentrelieffund.org/?fbclid=IwAR0isK02NJbBWe14rkfo25AuNHygyoEHSDpzWGPG9kbrGVOZ-vZ5ASsbOwI

Activity with Seniors – TimeSlips is collaborating with aging services organizations to invite people to write letters and cards to older adults in care homes.  You will find a link to a webinar they just had as well as resources that describe the project. Recorded Webinar here.

 

DIVERSITY, ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice – This list includes information that helps communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul.

Immigrant Learning Center – Provides resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators during COVID-19 crisis.

Discrimination: Asian-Americans and Asians around the world have noted a spike in discrimination and xenophobic attacks.

Stop Hate AAPI –  Report hate/related incidents in multiple languages

CDC COVID-19: Reducing Stigma – Provides a guide for helping to reduce stigma around COVID-19.

Zoombombing – See the CSULB COVID-19 page for guidance.

 

Community Resources

Sharing Your Organization's Service Learning Opportunities (PDF) - This document provides you with instructions on how to share your most current opportunities for service at your organizations. It addresses current COVID-19 related restrictions and what they mean to your organization.

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Digital Resources for Faculty & Community Partners (PDF) - This document highlights various digital platforms that can be used in remote courses or community work to facilitate engagement, creativity, and connection. 

 

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement engages the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change.

We enrich students’ educational experiences, providing opportunities to: 

  • Participate in community engagement initiatives that meet societal needs,
  • Apply academic instruction to service projects that address significant community issues,
  • Conduct action-oriented research that makes significant contributions to the community,
  • Enhance leadership skills.

What is Service-Learning?

Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.

Service-Learning Guidebook (PDF)  Download our Service-Learning Curriculum Development Guide for Faculty and Community Partners.