So far, our freshmen have served at ten projects in the past two weeks–from Fremont to San Leandro, here in Hayward, out in Brentwood and over to Livermore: community gardens, fun runs, food services, habitat restoration. Lots of great photos are available on our facebook page!
This weekend, March 29th, our Freshmen Day of Service (FDoS) projects begin. Our freshmen each take part in a ‘day of service’–through rotating projects on weekends, and some weekdays, through May 17th. The Center for Community Engagement works with a variety of non-profits, schools, and community-based organizations to coordinate this effort in partnership with the General Education program.
This weekend our students–rain or shine!–will be engaged in environmental restoration with Math Science Nucleus and Save the Bay; packaging medical supplies to distribute to hospitals in need around the world; sprucing up facilities at a senior residence; and working in the community garden at San Lorenzo high school.
To read more and see more–you can view FDoS 2013 here.
Our Pioneers for Change joined thousands of people across the country for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Our PfCs literally dug in at Lake Merritt for a day of service in their Urban Community Garden. See photos here.
In late January, our students were treated to a visit from Ann Fajilan, Professor of Theatre & Dance at CSUEB, who worked with our students on building trust, teamwork, and confidence. All our students raved about the training.
In early February, our PfCs worked with the Hayward Public Library’s Informational Walk to help gather community feedback on the idea of a NEW 21st Century Downtown Library! Our student leaders reached out in the local Hayward community and met Mayor Sweeney!
Pioneers for Change Word Wall 2013-2014
What could all these words possibly have in common? They describe our student leaders in Pioneers for Change. These are self-selected words that our PfC’s chose to describe themselves and their outlook on life. To read why our student leaders chose their words–swing by trailer 120 on the walkway above the Agora stage!
A big thanks to Dianne Rush Woods for joining our Pioneers for Change training session on December 7th. Dianne is the University’s Diversity Officer, and facilitated a fun and informative workshop for our PfCs on diversity and inclusion.
And a big kudos to students at Tennyson High School Puente Program for completing a mural started April 2013. Two of our CSUEB Art students Maribel Wigon and Sonny Tan solicited donations and supplies for the project, as well as guided Tennyson High Students in the process of painting a mural. Emily Chow, Hayward Promise Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, has been a key contributor in the development of partnerships and getting the project going! You can find out more about the mural on our Facebook page!
Our Community Partner Handbook has been updated! Click here for the new version. For a brief overview of what we do click here. For print versions of either of these resources please email email@example.com.
I’m one of those people who always has a handful of books that I’m randomly reading. In my office, they are strewn around my desk (or the floor). At home, they pile up on coffee and bedside tables (or the floor). Sometimes I finish them. Sometimes the point with a book isn’t necessarily to finish it, but to keep reading– slowly–savoring concepts and words, letting them stew. One of these books is Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken. Hawken writes about the environmental movement–not just from an action-oriented perspective, or ecological framework, but with the notion that a new generation of grassroots and high level organizations are reshaping what it means to be a ‘civil society.’ The book touches on philosophies and philosophers, current events, history, and of course, environmental issues. The 115 page Appendix is a great resource for faculty and students, providing a wealth of information and definitions to support class discussion or writing assignments.
I think Ann Fajilan’s video project included in my previous post is a great example of community-focused learning. We can educate our students about real issues and help them to make active connections to their learning even without sending them (physically) into the community. If you’re interested, learn more.