History & Mission


The Center for Community Learning & Leadership, formerly known as the Center for Service Learning, was established in January 2000 as part of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Responding to a call in higher education from university presidents, government, and the California State University, San Jose Staté University institutionalized community learning within the academic program.

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CCLL promotes and develops knowledge, values, skills, motivation and means for students to become participants in public life in an informed, committed and constructive manner, with focus on addressing community problems.

CCLL establishes and sustains partnerships between academic departments/ faculty/courses and community organizations to enhance learning, meet community needs, strengthen community relations and develop social responsibility and leadership.

CCLL, together with other leading community engagement entities on campus, comprises theCommunity Engagement Collaborativewhich includes Career Center, Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, CommUniverCity, and Sociology Community Change.


  • Promote community learning and engagement by integrating academics and community service
  • Support faculty and empower students to help solve community problems
  • Instill an ethic of moral and civic responsibility and inspure leaders in social justice
  • Build community as a metropolitan university in a diverse urban environment