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Discovery Day XIII


Discovery Day XIII by Talayah Hudson Before working with the Center for Community Engagement, I didn't know that an event like Discovery Day happened at Sonoma State. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, I was involved in many non-profit and schools that led initiatives to expose students to a college environment. Being able to help with an event like this at my college campus was very fulfilling, especially since I can personally attest to how beneficial they are. RCP...

The Continuums of Service Conference 2017: On Reflection


The Continuums of Service Conference 2017: On Reflection by: Emily Acosta Lewis While at the Continuums of Service Conference held at the Metropolitan State University's campus, I attended a session on student-led service-learning reflection where the famous quote by John Dewey was brought up, "We do not learn from experience ...we learn from reflecting on experience." It made me wonder, can you really learn by doing if you're not reflecting on it? I know that when we talk about service-learning, a big component of this is the...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 8


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 8 by Claudia Sisomphou. Part 8 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Self-care is an important aspect of maintaining both our health and wellbeing. However, many of the products we use everyday to take care of ourselves may be doing the exact opposite to our bodies. Everywhere you look there are commercials, advertisements, and fancy labels that promote big-brand name products with nice scents, pretty colors, and celebrity spokespersons, but when...

Draft CCE Strategic Plan/SSU Civic Action Plan Comment Period Now Open


Draft CCE Strategic Plan/SSU Civic Action Plan Comment Period Now Open by Merith Weisman Thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of this draft CCE Strategic Plan/SSU Civic Action Plan. Special thanks to those of you who attended the planning meeting, completed the online survey, and/or participated in an interview. Whether you've already given your input or haven't yet had the opportunity, this is your chance to be heard. The comment period is open until May 12, 2017 at 4pm. Between now and then, we will be integrating your...

Envisioning a Sustainable Future through Interdisciplinary Conversations and Conferences


Envisioning a Sustainable Future through Interdisciplinary Conversations and Conferences by Dr. Emily Seder. While my class's first service-learning experience had a profound impact on most of my students, not all of my students "bought in" to the course goals completely until the service-learning project that followed. Our second service-learning project met in the first grade classroom of University Elementary at La Fiesta, a school just down East Cotati Avenue, which was founded as a partnership between the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and Sonoma State University in 2013....

CCE Civic Action Planning Meeting: A Student's Perspective


CCE Civic Action Planning Meeting: A Student's Perspective by Maddie Wrightt The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is going through some exciting changes! Sonoma State needs a Civic Action Plan and the CCE needs an updated Strategic Plan. So, we intend to create one plan that serves both these entities. In February we hosted an all day Strategic Planning and Civic Action Planning meeting. The meeting consisted of faculty, students, and members of local nonprofits and governmental agencies. As a student, at first I felt a little...

Newbie in the CCE: Talayah Hudson


Newbie in the CCE: Talayah Hudson by Talayah Hudson As some of you may know, the Center for Community Engagement (dubbed the CCE) is nestled away in the corner of the library. We are often mistaken to be the Writing Center; our next door neighbors. The CCE is not well known to most students, but became on my radar before the summer of my first semester. When touring the University as a part of EOP's Summer Bridge program, I passed the CCE and was caught...

Be Like Me! Become a VISTA!


 Be Like Me! Become a VISTA! By: Gustavo Vasquez You can have the most rewarding and challenging experience of your life this next year being an AmeriCorps VISTA at Sonoma State University. I can honestly say I have while being an AmeriCorps VISTA for the past 8 months. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America and started during the war on poverty in the 1960s. Think of the program as the Peace Corps, but domestic. Members do one year of service with a non-profit assisting...

10 Years is Back to School Time


10 Years is Back to School Time By Merith Weisman. It's hard for me to believe that 10 years ago I moved cross country with two suitcases to begin my life here and open the Center for Community Engagement at SSU. I look back on the warm welcome I received when I got here knowing absolutely no one. I did have 5 years of higher ed service-learning experience and 5 years of community-based experience, but at a completely different university and with a completely different community....

Discovery Day XII


Discovery Day XII by Ashley Simon What are students saying about the 12th Discovery Day? "Before taking the tour and going to your amazing school, I was considering applying to your school after I graduated and now, after taking a tour I'm sure that SSU is the school I want to do my education [for] college." Maria Faurrieta, RUP student "I love that you can go to the library and have some peace and quiet." Joseline Moreno, RUP student Maria and Joseline...

How Service-Learning Impacted Me


How Service-Learning Impacted Me by Margarita Amador Service-learning gave me the confidence to know that I can be effective and make a difference in my community. I may not be the smartest student, but I make up for it with my determination and resilience. I have experienced failure, and faced the negative stereotypes of being Mexican American. I was an F student, I graduated late from high school, and I still struggle with confidence when it comes to school. Service-learning has benefited me...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7 Part 7 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. by Claudia Sisomphou I think we have all heard our fair share of news about the massive and devastating impact the meat industry has had on our planet, but I won't deny that it is hard to decide what action to take or what to do since meat has become such a normalized part of our diets. Yes, we know that too much meat...

Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Biology


Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Biology by Maddie Wright. "Service-learning makes students work and behave professionally, I've seen it work in action and it is stunning." It was obvious within a few minutes of talking with biology professor Nathan Rank, that he loves his field of study, his role as a veteran professor that many students look up to, and his service-learning projects. Dr. Nathan Rank has been teaching at Sonoma State University since 1995. He's been teaching service-learning in his courses for 9 years...

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4 Lessons in 4 Years: Reflecting on My Time in the CCE


4 Lessons in 4 Years: Reflecting on My Time in the CCE by Ashley Simon It is with reflection and gratitude that I announce today is my last day as a student assistant in the Center for Community Engagement. I have gained so much as the Professional Social Media Development student assistant. It has been four years of learning and growth and I would like to share some lessons I have learned in my years in the CCE. About the University Being a student and an employee of the University at...

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Shadow Day IX


Shadow Day IX by Maddie Wright "It's fun to learn about the college, I can see myself coming here or to a different college." said Roseland University Prep (RUP) junior Jose Gomez about Shadow Day. His SSU counterpart Aracelli Anticonn, replied, "I took him to peer advisors and they made him interested in nursing and electrical engineering. They also discussed options about going to a junior college and then transferring." Shadow Day participants discussing their schedule for the day. Shadow Day is...

A Watershed Year: Engaging First-Year Students with Community Partner Projects in Sustainability


A Watershed Year: Engaging First-Year Students with Community Partner Projects in Sustainability By Martha Shott, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics In my first semester teaching at Sonoma State, I had what turned out to be the great fortune of becoming involved in the School of Science and Technology's Freshman Year Experience, A Watershed Year. This interdisciplinary course incorporating biology, mathematics, and critical thinking spans both semesters of the freshman year and provides students with 12 units of General Education credit. It evolved out of a CCE program, SWEEP. In this...

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Reflections from the Latino Health Forum


Reflections from the Latino Health Forum by Marjorie Lear Keynote speaker Dr. Jann Murray-García threw an ice cream social when her family moved into their new neighborhood in Davis. Why? She explained, while showing the party invitation as part of her presentation, that she wanted her new neighbors simply to see a picture of her son's face. So that when they saw this young man of color in the neighborhood, they would know what he was doing there and wouldn't regard him as suspicious. This...

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Community Service Versus Service-Learning


Community Service Versus Service-Learning by Maddie Wright Is there even a difference between community service and service-learning? Yes. Both terms are not easy to define and it's common for them to be used interchangeably. However there is such a significant difference between them that it's important to understand each idea individually. The best was to differentiate them is to use specific examples. My teammates and I doing yard work in the Bennett Valley neighborhood for Sonoma Serves. Community service is volunteer work performed...

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It's Planning Time!


It's Planning Time! by Merith Weisman What will the future of the CCE and civic learning at SSU be? We need you to help determine the direction that we will take for the next five years. Here's how: We need YOU to complete the survey. If you are contacted requesting an interview, please respond. Community partners: Apply to participate in the Strategic Planning and Civic Action Planning meeting on February 23, 9am-3:30pm in Student Center Ballrooms B & C. Thirty-six representatives of...

A Post Election Open Letter to Community Partners


A Post Election Open Letter to Community Partners We can't do that work without you. We depend on you, our community partners, to provide students with real-world hands-on experience working in their communities. You personally serve as a mentor providing a model of what engaged citizenship looks like. The students are our future and we need them to make lifetime commitments to their communities and to being civically engaged. Thank you for everything you do to support our students and their learning!

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