Community Engagement

Diane Podolske, director of the Office of Community Engagement

Welcome to the Office of Community Engagement

Director's Message

Welcome to a new academic year!

I am proud to announce that we are celebrating OCE’s 20th year of facilitating community engagement in the Inland Empire and beyond! There have been many “unsung heroes” who have contributed to our success in past years, including OCE/CUP staff members, faculty, community partners and former students. We now have the responsibility of taking their good work and moving it forward. These are exciting times, and we are looking forward to what is ahead! 

Today is the day to stop saying you will get involved "someday."  Please join us - review this website and find all of the opportunities we offer for students, faculty and staff.  We value your participation and input. Together we will continue to make an impact!

Diane Podolske, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Community Engagement


Packing Party - Rescheduled

National Make A Difference Day is an annual volunteer service event where CSUSB students unite with a common mission to improve the lives of others. This year we're hosting the Make A Difference Day and it has been rescheduled for Friday, November 22, 2019, starting at 10 am-12 pm at the CSUSB Meeting Center. Join the packing party! Help pack food boxes for families in need. With your help, we can reach our goal and impact 2,000 families in our community. 

Registration is now open! Space is limited, sign up today.

Coyote Cares Day 2019

A sincere thank you to everyone who participated in the seventh annual Coyote Cares Day – we had another great day of service in our local communities! This year’s event was extra special because our Palm Desert Campus students were able to join us for the service and fun for the first time!

Our Coyotes painted, planted, cleaned, sorted and more to help local nonprofit agencies and schools in celebration of National Volunteer Week. Our goal is to engage our students in good works in many forms – an action, a voice, a vote, a wallet – and instill in them that we all have a responsibility to help!

Our community partners are sending their thanks as well….we are hearing over and over that our students/staff came ready to work and the work they completed made a tangible difference. We can all be proud of our efforts to be a good neighbor.

Please plan to join us for next year’s Coyote Cares Day – it will be Saturday, April 25th. National Volunteer Week 2020 is the same week as Earth Day and Arbor Day, so we will be wearing green shirts and planning some fun green projects!

Finally, we want to publicly thank all of the campus members that volunteered to be site leaders, the offices that supported the technical/food/logistics/publicity/Cody Coyote/cheer/photo booth and other details of the event, and the Office of Community Engagement staff who went beyond the “above and beyond” in coordinating the millions of details for this event. I work with some of the very best staff on campus, and it is a privilege to be a member of this team. Thanks to all of you for your support!

2019 Annual Community Engagement and Volunteer Service Fair

Let's Get on Board with Service!