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Welcome to the Office of Community Engagement!
Hello to all,
CSUSB is an institution where students get involved and give back. Even though we are currently a virtual campus, we are still here for you and for our communities.
February is Black History Month, when we pay tribute to the generations of Black Americans who have struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in society, and also recognize the many important contributions Black Americans have made to improve and enhance our lives. One of my personal heroes is Congressman John Lewis, who passed away in 2020, but lives on through his legacy of social justice work. He wrote in a final statement for the New York Times this past summer, "each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something."
I'll say it loudly for the people in the back of the room...racism is NOT an opinion!
Diane Podolske, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Community Engagement
OCE Annual Report 2019-2020
CSUSB’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is very pleased to present our Community Engagement Annual Report! Please join us in recognizing the important work of hundreds of CSUSB students, faculty, staff and community partners during the 2019-20 academic year.
2020 also marks a special year for OCE, as it is the 20 year anniversary of the office. The past two decades have left a profound impact in our students and our local communities. From the early days of San Bernardino neighborhood makeovers to the funding of over $1 million in faculty grants to the launch of Coyote Cares Day and now to a virtual engagement program, the touchstones of our programs are to respect and learn from community wisdom and to ensure the community benefits from our efforts.
We are proud to present this year's annual report as a celebration of CSUSB’s commitment to student success and vibrant communities.
Events, News & Announcements
This award recognizes CSUSB students, staff and faculty who continue to make positive impacts in their community even in the face of uncertainty. The Fall 2020 awardees were recognized for completing at least 25 hours of service during the semester. A wide variety of volunteer service projects were completed, including making Care Kits for the homeless of San Bernardino, donating blood, making masks, and leading an after-school Journalism Club.
Dr. Enrique G. Murillo Jr., professor of Teacher Education & Foundations and Executive Director of Latino Advocacy Education Days (LEAD), is the recipient of the 2020 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. Dr. Murillo is recognized for his “Netroots” approach to scholarship that combines awareness-raising, education, promotion, advocacy, activism, analysis, discussion, critique, and dissemination to advance understanding of educational issues that impact Latinx populations.
Washington Monthly names CSUSB among the best 156 colleges in the nation for student voting.
Cal State San Bernardino has been named to Washington Monthly’s 2020 America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting, a first-of-its-kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens.
During times of uncertainty and crisis, people come together to support one another. COVID-19 is a new test of our collective strength. As millions are on lockdown and businesses are closing, unemployment is spiking. Paying rent and utilities, getting food and finding basic essentials is tougher than ever before. We want to help by providing resources that can assist you during this challenging time.
Please view the resources we compiled to assist you during this time.
Anthony Silard, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Community Engagement Award for his deeply innovative and engaged academic work; history of community collaboration and change, especially in the development of youth leaders; and his role in raising CSUSB as an institution committed to the development of a stronger and more engaged civic society through the nonprofit management education program.