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The Center for Community learning and Leadership facilitates University partnerships with community organizations and programs which enable students to develop knowledge, skills, and values to become socially responsible individuals. The center offers information and resources for facultystudents, and organizations.

Civic Action Fellowship

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The C.A. Fellowship is a national service partneship involving SJSU and local after-school programs to provide enrichment and fellowship in computer programming and about careers in STEM to underserved 3rd-6th grade youth. 

To apply to be a Civic Action Fellow, you must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident. Please download and submit an Application Form, as well as a copy of your unofficial transcript from the previous semester, a personal statement, and a resume to

In addition, please download and email a blank copy of the Letter of Recommendation Form to your reference providers. They will need to email the completed recommendations to

For more information about the Fellowship positions, please view the Program Brochure

For further question, please view the FAQ page prior to emailing the center.


Application Form

Recommendation Form

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Joanna Solis
Nazanin Ghavami 



Project SHINEProject SHINE

Project Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders (SHINE) at San José State University is an intergenerational and intercultural community learning program. Project SHINE links community learning students with older immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English and navigate the complex path to U.S. citizenship.  In community centers and other selected sites in the immediate area, SJSU students tutor elders in English and computer literacy, helping them become more actively engaged in their communities, and teach the U.S. history and civics needed to pass the citizenship exam.

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Veterans Embracing Transition


VET Connect

The Veterans Embracing Transition (VET) Connect developed as a collaborative effort between the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and the Center for Community Learning & Leadership in order to assess and address the needs of military veterans at SJSU. Programs include the Warriors at Home class (Psych. 190), an academic course focused on transitioning from military to civilian life, research opportunities, a small lending library in CL 203, and varied educational outreach events. VET Connect Peer Leaders receive stipends to serve the student veteran community and to educate others about the needs, strengths and experiences of veteran and military students.

For more information about the VET Project, the Warriors at Home course, or the VET Connect Peer Leadership opportunities, please contact Dr. Elena Klaw.

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Dr. Elena Klaw



Students Demand Action for Gun Sense, SJSU Chapter

Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America works with expert organizers, researchers, legal experts and policy wonks to organize the local community in demanding policy change that will end gun violence in America. It is a nonpartisan organization that welcomes students from all backgrounds and belief systems in learning about, and taking concrete actions to end the escalating scourge of gun violence. 

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Leriza "Bea" Madriaga



Justice Corps


JusticeCorps is a multiple-award-winning national service program that has helped over one million Californians find access to justice over the past 14 years. Building on this legacy of success, this year more than 300 AmeriCorps members will volunteer as AmeriCorps members to serve people coming to court without an attorneys, who are trying to resolve crucial legal matters affecting their family, housing, personal safety, and financial stability. JusticeCorps members serve in court-based self-help centers in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego educating litigants on their legal options and potential outcomes. By providing neutral assistance—not legal advice—JusticeCorps members empower litigants to make the best choice for their particular case.

Website Director Dan Siskind, Bay Area Program Director
Email Phone Number (510) 891-6406