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Welcome to the Office of Community Engagement!
Hello to all,
One of my many tasks in June is writing reports on what has happened during the academic year and also spending time with OCE staff developing our goals and programs for the upcoming year. We are all looking forward to returning back on campus and serving in the community, and we are also looking forward to the move to our new office spaces in the Administration Building. In many ways, we will have to go through the growing pains of restarting our programs, redeveloping community relationships, and discovering how to re-engage with our students, faculty and staff....but this also offers many opportunities for change and enhancements!
Please keep your eyes on our website and social media for announcements, new programs, new services and more!
Yours in service, Diane
Diane Podolske, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Community Engagement
OCE Annual Report 2020-2021
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 2020-21 academic year.
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.
Alexandra Cavallaro, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Community Engagement Award for her deeply innovative and engaged academic work; history of community collaboration and change, especially with the Prison Education Project (PEP), and her role in promoting CSUSB as an institution committed to the development of a stronger and more engaged society through the Inside-Out Prison Education Program.
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.
OCE launched the inaugural CSUSB Community Engagement – Faculty Task Force for the term of April 15, 2021 through January 31, 2022. The purpose of the task force is to provide recommendations and guidance for academic offerings that address complex social, health, economic, scientific, and civic issues through reciprocal community-university partnerships. Faculty representatives will identify strategies for the revitalization of community-university activities after a post-pandemic return to in-person instruction and service. Additionally, task force members will make recommendations to address campus policy and procedural barriers that impact community engagement efforts.