Center for Community Engagement

Bringing Communities and the University Together

Community Engagement and COVID-19

Since March 2020, we have worked with faculty, community partners, and students to ensure the continuation of quality community-engaged learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were able to confront this unprecedented challenge and create new and powerful ways to address pressing community needs and valuable learning experiences through a wide range of virtual service learning opportunities. CSULB is now allowing both in-person and virtual service learning options. We continue to monitor changes in local, regional, and federal public health guidelines and adjust procedures as needed. For current campus information on COVID, please visit the university's COVID-19 Information Page.

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 high impact teaching approach utilizing community-based experiential learning to connect theory and practice through critical reflection.

Service Learning emphasizes learning through community service activities that are fundamental to course outcomes. Service Learning provides benefit to students as well as community partners by promoting sustainable campus-community relationships that enhance student learning and address community-identified needs. Students develop their academic and critical thinking skills, gain a deeper understanding of course content, and develop an enhanced sense of civic engagement and social justice. Service Learning benefits both the campus and the community by developing a culture that promotes civic engagement and social justice, deepening student learning, meeting community-identified needs, and by forming mutually beneficial partnerships that expand opportunities for our campus to contribute to the public good.