Community Engagement & Service Learning (CE/SL) are integral parts of higher education. The University and community are critical stakeholders in addressing economic, environmental and social issues.
The Community Engagement Collaborative aims to promote, support and oversee CE/SL at SJSU. CEC strives to connect faculty, staff, students, community organizations and members in partnerships that share knowledge, skills, values, power, resources, results and recognition in reciprocal appreciation throughout the engagement.
The Collaborative of primary community engagement entities offers a variety of opportunities for involvement in Silicon Valley and beyond. This website is your gateway to CE/SL at SJSU. (Students may also inquire of CE/SL within their academic department.)
SJSU is offering a new, and fun community engagement class 157SL, cross listed as APSC 157SL, COMM 157SL, EDUC 157SL, ENGR 157SL, HA157, and SCI157SL
Ways to Engage / Program Areas
- Community Engagement
represents a spectrum of activity extending from community service-learning to civic engagement to advocacy and social activism to community-based participatory research.
is pedagogy promoting learning through participation in community service experiences related to course content.
- Civic Engagement
is community involvement promoting the quality of civic life through political and non-political processes.
is the pursuit of influencing outcomes including public-policy and resource allocation within economic, environmental, political, and social system.
- Community-based participatory research
is research that is conducted as an equal partnership between traditionally trained experts and members of a community.
Take a Service Learning Course: 157SL
Event(s) to Look Forward To:Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge: 2nd Annual SY+HE Challenge, its goal being to create a yearlong program of students performing (innovative, impactful) service to their community. SJSU's Restore Coyote Creek program was one of three national finalists last year, and we were flown to present our proposal in Washington D.C.. (A Community Health Proposal won the $30,000 top prize.) There may be existing programs in your department that could be developed or expanded to qualify, e.g., HSC Salud Familiar, STEM SL, Sustainability. For more information Please visit sychallenge.org. The first of three Q&A conference calls will be held this week on January 28th. Calls will also take place on February 16th and March 1st. To participate in one of the calls, please register here.