Developing and Sustaining a Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative: A Skill Building Workshop

Developing and Sustaining a Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative: A Skill Building Workshop

“CBPR builds on strengths and resources within the community” “Applied learning,” “balance of power,” “learning what the community wants,” and “enhancing student learning” is what faculty participants said comes to mind when they think about Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). When asked what their goals were for attending the Developing and Sustaining a Community-Based Participatory … Continue reading

Shadow Day ’13

Shadow Day ’13

“Connections were made that day between us and our students, and I know from here on out if they need someone to talk to, the mentors they met on Shadow Day will be there. I recommend everyone to at least take a service-learning class while at SSU. I’m really glad that I was able to be a … Continue reading

Discovery Day 2013

Discovery Day 2013

“Discovery Day was a huge success and I really enjoyed the whole day…The scavenger hunt allowed me to practice the leadership skills learned throughout the University 222 course. I learned a lot about Patrick, Brandon and Pablo, their goals, hopes, and expectations in college. It really shocked me. It was an eye opening experience,” says Sonoma … Continue reading

Dreams of Peace

Dreams of Peace

I reviewed several years’ worth of free write papers from first-year students at Sonoma State University. Since I am also a first year at Sonoma State, my supervisor asked me to take on this assignment. The students were asked “What is your ‘American Dream’? Can you achieve it in a world with no peace?” My … Continue reading

Careers For The Common Good Panel 2013

Careers For The Common Good Panel 2013

“Stretch beyond your comfort zone. You never know who might be able to help you,” states speaker Davin Cardenas’04. This is a snippet of the type of advice students receive when they attend the Careers for the Common Good Panel. This annual event gives students the opportunity to listen to speakers, ask questions and receive advice  from Sonoma State … Continue reading

Spotlight: Elaine McHugh & Saturday Sidekicks

Spotlight: Elaine McHugh & Saturday Sidekicks

“Saturday Sidekicks definitely increased my desire to work with kids with disabilities. When I first signed up for the program, I was very nervous that I was not going to be able to communicate effectively with the kids. I think many people just see the children for their disabilities, and not as kids. Getting involved … Continue reading

Small Acts Make Big Differences

Small Acts Make Big Differences

by Taylor Bonilla I have been working at the Center for Community Engagement since the fall of 2010. Learning the responsibilities and duties that this office tackles enlightened me in the CCE’s mission, which I have been working hard to contribute to. Working for the CCE, not only did I find service-learning to be valuable to students in the classroom, … Continue reading

Creating A Logo As a College Freshman

Creating A Logo As a College Freshman

“Natalie, for your next project, I would like you to create the logo for the Center”, asked my supervisor, Merith Weisman. Now, this would not seem like such a daunting task today, but when I heard this as a freshman nearly four years ago and after a month into working for the Center for Community … Continue reading

Changes in the CCE

Changes in the CCE

Exciting changes are happening here in the CCE. In addition to my role as Coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, Academic Affairs has now added Coordinator of Social Media to my title and job duties. You may remember that in the 2009 assessment of community partner perceptions, our community partners recommended that the CCE … Continue reading

Visions of 2025 from SSU CCE Students

Visions of 2025 from SSU CCE Students

As we ring in the new year, the student staff at the Center for Community Engagement can’t help but wonder how the world will be in the year 2025. Natalie: By the time 2025 rolls around, I will be finished with my college education. Hopefully, I will have a stable career and a family. The … Continue reading

New Way to Recruit SSU Students!

New Way to Recruit SSU Students!

Do you need interns? Volunteers? Just want to get your name out? Then don’t miss out on Community Partner Thursdays! A new way to recruit SSU students to your organization brought to you by a joint effort from Join Us Making Progress and the Center for Community Engagement. To table at SSU: Step 1: Check the Google calendar to see … Continue reading

University & Community Partnership: Dr. Liz Thach

University & Community Partnership: Dr. Liz Thach

“With service-learning, students have the chance to apply theoretical learning to a real organizational setting. By helping community partners, students learned how to apply effective change management techniques.” Dr. Liz Thach, Professor of Management and Wine Business, explains the invaluable experience that her service-learning graduate level business course brings to her students. Establishing a service-learning … Continue reading

Service and Internship Fair 2012

Service and Internship Fair 2012

Every fall semester, the Service and Internship Fair provides the opportunity for students to walk away with a new internship opportunity to help them prepare for the real world and also allows local non-profit organizations the chance to recruit interns to help drive their missions. The fair is a collaboration co-hosted by Sonoma State University‘s … Continue reading

UPDATED: How to Recruit SSU Students as Interns & for CIP

UPDATED: How to Recruit SSU Students as Interns & for CIP

by Merith Weisman In another blog post, we discuss the differences between internships and the Community Involvement Program (CIP). This post is about how community organizations can recruit Sonoma State University (SSU) students to serve in these capacities. If your community organization is interested in recruiting an intern or CIP student, more is better. Here are … Continue reading