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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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A Post Election Open Letter to Students


A Post Election Open Letter to Students by Merith Weisman Regardless of how you voted or how you feel about the outcome of the 2016 election, there is one thing we can agree on: 55% voter turnout is too low. And while data is still being processed, it does seem that the Millennial vote decreased in this election. When it comes to "prepar(ing) students to be learned persons who...have a broad cultural perspective...will be active citizens and leaders in society...and are concerned with contributing to the...

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A Post Election Open Letter to Faculty


A Post Election Open Letter to Faculty by Merith Weisman Regardless of how you voted or how you feel about the outcome of the 2016 election, there is one thing we can agree on: 55% voter turnout is too low. And while data is still being processed, it does seem that the Millennial vote decreased in this election. When it comes to "prepar(ing) students to be learned persons who...have a broad cultural perspective...will be active citizens and leaders in society...and are concerned with contributing to the...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6 Part 6 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. by Claudia Sisomphou As a consumer, there are many reasons to buy from locally-owned businesses and purchase locally grown food and products. Here in Sonoma County there are plenty of options of places to eat out and stores to shop at so why not take advantage of it! Both your local economy and your community benefit when you choose to go local instead of buying...

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Social Justice and Service-Learning: More to it Than You Might Have Expected


Social Justice and Service-Learning: More to it Than You Might Have Expected By Dr. Jeffrey Reeder After reading about the event through the Center for Community Engagement's e-mail newsletter, I attended the 2016 Social Justice Institute at Saint Mary's College of California, the topic of which was "Counter-Stories of Service-Learning and Community Engagement" featuring keynote speaker Dr. Tania Mitchell of the University of Minnesota. Attending from SSU was a small delegation comprised of Merith Weisman and myself. The premise of the institute was that it was to be an "interactive workshop...

Tips and Trends in Service-Learning VII


Tips and Trends in Service-Learning VII by Maddie Wright Every year the Center for Community Engagement hosts a Tips and Trends in Service-Learning faculty workshop. Faculty from many different departments at Sonoma State as well as the College of Marin and other local universities were in attendance this year. The workshop discusses how to completely begin or strengthen a professor's current use of service-learning. We discussed why we dedicated our lives to the common good and how service-learning fits into that commitment. Service-learning in different...

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Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots


Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots by Claudia Sisomphou In addition to the state-wide California ballot propositions, there are also county-wide and city-wide measures being proposed in Sonoma County. While driving through our county you have probably seen various "Vote YES on measure ___" or "Vote NO on measure ___" signs displayed on the front yards of homes and businesses. These measures are incredibly important because they directly affect the communities that we live in, and are addressed on a local government level. As a...

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Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot


Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot by Claudia Sisomphou Here in California, we have the opportunity to vote on more propositions than anywhere else in the country. However with the privilege of the direct democratic process comes great responsibility, and sometimes it is incredibly difficult to research and fully understand every initiative that you are voting on. With 17 propositions up for vote on this year's statewide ballot, it is essential that we all have a clear comprehension of what every one of our "yes"...

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Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity


Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity by Ashley Simon I attended the North Bay Organizing Project's 6th Annual Meting. This meeting emphasized voting as one of the main ways to get the community's voice heard. As there are local government re/elections and 17 state-wide ballot measures, this is an important election year. The North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) is a multi-issue community organization that focuses on education access, transportation, voter engagement, fair housing, and more. [Related: Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's...

Democracy Beyond Voting


Democracy Beyond Voting by Dr. Emily Ray, Assistant Professor & MPA Coordinator Dept. of Political Science Recently I had the opportunity to join a Campus Compact Institute to start the process of creating a civic action plan for SSU. I was encouraged by the efforts of both our campus and the many other campuses working to integrate service-learning and community engagement into the life of the university. Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5 Part 5 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, and 4. by Claudia Sisomphou Transportation alone has one of the biggest impacts on our climate. It is easy to see how much the emissions are affecting our environment but it is also important to address the negative social impacts of driving. Traffic congestion, which is an inevitable consequence of how many single-occupancy vehicles fill up our roads, causes stress, consumes valuable time, and costs us money. We...

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Welcome, Dr. Karen Moranski


Welcome, Dr. Karen Moranski "Engaged citizenship is a key component of higher education--for students, for educators, and for our communities. At colleges and universities today, it is critical that we help students connect their studies to the real world and that we help them participate in our American democracy. Engagement with people who come from different backgrounds and viewpoints helps us create inclusive environments where everyone in the community can thrive. I believe universities and community engagement programs like ours at Sonoma State play...

Service & Internship Fair X


Service & Internship Fair X by Claudia Sisomphou "This year we had more students interested in volunteering and getting involved compared with last year. We had 19 students sign our guestbook to be invited to our monthly events and 9 signed up to attend our new volunteer orientation." said Ai-Chu Wu, the director of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Santa Rosa, voicing her delight with how many students showed an interest in the organization. Students learning more about CalSERVES AmeriCorps About 1000 students, faculty,...

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See you around, Rich!


See you around, Rich! Merith Weisman and Rich Whitkus For the past year, Dr. Richard Whitkus has served as Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. He has been supportive of the CCE and especially instrumental in the development of the Internship Policy and Process. On Friday, Rich will return to the School of Sciences and Technology, where he promises to continue to support the work of the CCE. [Related: Welcome, Dr. Richard Whitkus] I also want to thank Rich for his personal...

Welcome Amanda and Gustavo!


Welcome Amanda and Gustavo! by Merith Weisman I am so excited to welcome Amanda DeFoe '16 and Gustavo Vasquez '16 to the CCE staff. Both Amanda and Gustavo have committed to serve as AmeriCorps VISTAs for a year following their graduations from Sonoma State. Amanda works with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and Gustavo with Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Sonoma County four days each week and here on campus on Thursdays. They will provide direct support for any faculty member, staff member...

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Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair


Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair The Service & Internship Fair is a fantastic opportunity to promote your organization and recruit wonderful Sonoma State student interns and volunteers. The Service & Internship Fair will take place on Thursday, September 1st, from 11:30am-1pm in Salazar Plaza. Register by Wednesday, August 24 Important Note: Students can register for internship credits until September 19. Some departments may have earlier deadlines. Be prepared to encourage students to see their advisor to register before the deadline. Helpful links: Successful Tabling...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4 Part 4 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, and 3. by Claudia Sisomphou Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the biggest scams that consumers have ever faced. For years we were told that the water in plastic bottles was safer and that the bottles could easily be recycled after being thrown away into blue bins, but now more than ever we are seeing the consequences of both the industry's production and marketing of misinformation. Single-use plastic...

Get Involved: Circle of Sisters


Get Involved: Circle of Sisters Content Warning: This post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. Circle of Sisters is a nonprofit organization that facilitates afterschool programs for girls ages 9-12. The organization started in 2000 and has helped girls around the County ever since. The girls meet after school with their Circle facilitators and go through a number of activities that help the girls with homework, go on field trips, share experiences, and form female relationships in a safe environment....

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