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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FOR FACULTY: Guidelines & Resources for Remote Community Engaged Learning 

Remote Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Please see the following list of Local Partners with Virtual Service-Learning Opportunities
  • Guidelines Fall 2020 service-learning are forthcoming from the Chancellor's Office and SJSU administration.  Please check back for updates.
  • Top-notch guidelines and suggestions for new forms of community-based learning compiled by Jennifer Alkezweeny at Portland State University. (Click to View)
  • Additional remote CBL ideas compiled by SJSU faculty, Julieanne Jones, Dr. Suzy Ross and Dr. Robert Rinck. (Click to View)


Join #CaliforniansForAll!


We can all safely help our communities in response to COVID-19. During these difficult times, Californians come together to help each other. You can start by joining the movement here:  



Food Banks Need You!

Cal Vol. Food Banks Flyer



"Visions of Warriors" Film & Discussion Available

Beginning April 27, 2020, on the San Jose Public Library's YouTube channel, you can watch the film "Visions of Warriors"  and view a discussion on the film with veteran/photographer Mark Pinto and writer/director Ming Lai, moderated by Jemerson Diaz, San Jose State University’s VET (Veterans Embracing Transition) Connect peer leader.This event is part of the Community Conversations with Veterans Initiative. Community Conversations with Veterans is a partnership between California Center for the Book and Veterans Connect @ the Library California Center for the Book is a program of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.



Spartan Heritage: Service-Centered for 20 Years—and Counting

The hub of San Jose State’s service-learning operation is located in a converted Clark Hall classroom. Running on a high-octane blend of caring and inspiration, the small staff collaborates in exuberant bursts of conversation over the top of cubicle walls. Awards, posters and craftivism projects line the walls and tabletops. Every inch of space is used for student leadership development, consulting with faculty members and building partnerships with community organizations—and all activities are linked to the academic mission of the university. After 20 years, there’s no slowing down at the Center for Community Learning and Leadership.  Read this article in Washington Square.


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.

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.