Homeless Villages in Santa Clara County
Homelessness has become a crisis in Santa Clara County as in other major cities. Beyond the sad plight of these thousands of individuals and families, homelessness is an exceeding cost for cities and counties, and multiple encampments along waterways cause considerable pollution (for which reason the a.k.a. “Jungle” was closed). The Housing First model and Permanent Shelter recommendation are not reducing homelessness. Intermediate, interim solutions are need. One such proposal is the creation of transitional homeless villages which have brought respite to the problem in other cities/county (Dignity Village, New Haven, CommUnity, Tent City). SJSU and CSU-MB students have researched this solution for SCC consideration.
If you would like to learn more about this proposal click HERE or click the "Homless Villages Proposal" link on the right hand side of the page.
Community Engagement & Service Learning
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.