20 Years

The Center for Community Learning & Leadership (CCLL) promotes service-learning and community engagement; collaborating with faculty, students and community organizations for academic advancement, professional enhancement, and serving the common good.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST
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Over the past 20 years, 80,000 SJSU students have contributed 1.4 million hours of service to our community as part of their coursework. In recognition of this milestone, please join the San José State University Center for Community Learning and Leadership to celebrate students, faculty, staff and community partners who have engaged in service-learning. Refreshments, reminiscing, and some light-hearted fun (bowling and billiards) will be provided to commemorate 20 years of civic engagement.


CCLL & SJSU Colleges Recognized by Third Street Community Center as 2019 Outstanding Community Partner

We are honored that Third Street Community Center recognized our Center and each college at San Jose State as its 2019 Outstanding Community Partner for our significant contributions.  More than 70 percent of Third Street’s 2,102 volunteers since fall 2010 have been from SJSU.  More information about this honor is available here.

Third Street Award

Left to right: Elena Klaw, CCLL faculty director and psychology professor, Rosemary Baez, executive director of Third Street Community Center and Patrick Day, vice president for Student Affairs.

Cyber Spartans Encourage Next Generation of Coders

Through the Cyber Spartan program SJSU students mentor and teach underserved youth cybersecurity and computer programming concepts.  The youth then use what they learned to program games.  “The program was completely new to me, and I think it is incredibly meaningful and of service to our community,” Candice Lee, ’18 Psychology said. “Teaching and exposing youth to STEM-related fields, especially safe cybersecurity behaviors, will not only protect our future generation but perhaps spark some interest and curiosity in the future of technology.” The full article about Cyber Spartans is available here.

                      Joanna STEM VISTA Campbell


Mixed Methods Research on the Impact of Service-Learning

This fall, our Center launched a quantitative study in Lower Division General Education Area E, to assess the impact of service-learning on academic engagement, critical thinking, civic involvement, and career readiness. We intend to utilize the results as a guide for expanding and enriching service-learning courses in the lower division experience. Through a complementary qualitative study, we seek to identify the influence of service-learning has on alumni career pathways.


Service-Learning Endowed Scholarship Fund

During Spring 2018, our Center received a $52,000 endowment from an anonymous donor to establish the Excellence in Service-Learning Endowed Scholarship Fund. The endowment provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellence in service-learning activities that made a positive difference in San Jose. The first scholarships were awarded to students at the 2018 Service-Learning & Community Engagement Awards on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018.