About Us

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Letter from the Director

Welcome to the San Jose State University, Center for Community Learning & Leadership (CCLL). Within the scope of High Impact Practices promoting student retention and graduation, CCLL supports faculty and students in community learning, projects and research that develop in students the knowledge, skills, values and motivations to become socially responsible citizens. CCLL establishes partnerships with nonprofit and public organizations, initiatives, and coalitions which bring diverse persons together for common causes. CCLL allies with CommUniverCity and other leading campus community engagement entities to build a stronger, inclusive and holistic Silicon Valley. We invite you to join with us in leading this endeavor.


Center for Community Learning & Leadership Strategic Plan

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Center for Community Learning & Leadership Staff

  • Elena Klaw
    CCLL Director
  • Andrea Wells                                                                                                                Community Engagement & Project Coordinator                                                        andrea.wells@sjsu.edu                                                                                            408-924-5440
  • Peggy Arana                                                                                                              CCLL Administrative Support Coordinator II
  • Derek Lin
    PROJECT SHINE Program Manager
  • Deb Kramer
    Keep Coyote Creek Beatiful Program Manager


The Center for Community Learning & Leadership is grateful for the support of SJSU administration, colleges and departments, and faculty and students, as well as community partners, the CSU, and National Service/Learning Organizations. Primary sources of funding include:

  • California State University Chancellor's Office

Should you wish to fund our center, please contact our University Advancement Office.