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We are open and ready to support you!

As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us by phone at (909) 537-5793 or by email at, and we will respond as quickly as possible.  Please keep a close watch for new announcements on CSUSB’s dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Welcome Faculty

The Office for Community Engagement (OCE) is committed to support and recognize CSUSB faculty who address critical community needs through high quality community-based experiences for our students. We connect faculty with communities and facilitate community partnership development, service learning and/or community-based participatory research.

If you would like to arrange a ZOOM meeting or phone call regarding community-based research projects, service learning, and/or project-based learning, please contact OCE Director, Diane Podolske, Ph.D. at 


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OCE Faculty Support Services

Awards and Recognition
  • Outstanding Community Engagement Faculty Award
  • CSUSB President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Faculty highlights (Facebook/LinkedIn; OCE Website; Quarterly Newsletter; Annual Report)
Additional Support Outlets
  • One-on-one consultations
  • Community engagement faculty newsletter
  • Community-engaged faculty listserv
  • OCE website links and guides
  • Connection with the CO Center for Community Engagement and other CSU offices
Community Engagement Course Design (Service Learning and Community Based Participatory Research)
  • SL and CBPR implementation models 
  • Community partner identification and partnership support
  • Syllabus design guidance
  • Risk management guidance
  • Related articles, books and readings
  • Student and community partner assessment
Classroom Resources
  • Best practices for students in community
  • Resources for service materials (e.g. t-shirts, name tags)
  • Reflection questions, prompts and activities
  • Discussion guidelines
  • Online learning software guidance
Research and Scholarship
  • Community Engagement Writing Accountability Group
  • Community Engagement Library Program
  • Linkages with other CSU faculty with similar interests
  • Relevant scholarship and publishing outlets
RPT and Professional Development
  • Letters of support for RPT files
  • Faculty development workshops/webinars
  • Conference, workshops and event opportunities
Grant Opportunities (as funding permits)

Faculty Programming

Office of Community Engagement's Virtual Open House

The Office of Community Engagement’s Virtual Open House is open to all faculty! Faculty members are encouraged to review our list of support services and join our Zoom meeting.  Stop by, and OCE staff will provide more information and answer any questions. Join us:

  • San Bernardino Campus Faculty: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 1 - 2 p.m. 
  • Palm Desert Campus Faculty: Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 1 - 2 p.m. 

Interested? Email Juan Ochoa at to receive the Zoom link and Password.

OCE Open House Flyer

Community Engagement - Writing Accountability Group (CE-WAG)

Our writing accountability group provides faculty with a supportive environment to schedule, organize and increase scholarly productivity. Participants are required to write for at least 2 hours a week from August 26 - November 25, fill out a weekly progress log and attend four meeting throughout the Fall semester. A certificate of completion will be awarded to faculty who record at least 10 weeks scholarly progress. Join us and let’s get writing!

CE-WAG Meeting Dates

  • August 26, 2020 at 12 p.m.
  • September 23, 2020 at 12 p.m.
  • October 21, 2020 at 12 p.m.
  • November 18, 2020 at 12 p.m.


CE-WAG Flyer

Coffee Break - Learn a Latte about Community Engagement!

Join us for a Coffee Break! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and tune-in to short 5- 10 minute video presentations about community engagement. Our discussion topics include resources offered by the Office of Community Engagement, tips to connect your class with the community, and community engaged scholarship! The 10-video series premiere Wednesday's at 10 a.m. starting September 2, 2020. 

Coffee Break Schedule

ArcGIS Hub Workshop: For Data Sharing, Student Projects, and Community Engagement

ArcGIS Hub is an easy-to-configure community engagement platform that organizes people, data, and tools through information-driven initiatives. In academia, ArcGIS Hub can be used for sharing data and results of student projects or community-based engagement projects. This workshop will introduce ArcGIS Hub that combine data, visualization, analytics and collaboration technology. Register for the presentation and workshop using the links below:

ArcGIS Hub Presentation*

Date: August 27th, 2020

Time: 12 – 12:55 pm

*Presentation will be recorded.

Hands-on Workshop*

Must attend prior presentation

Date: August 27th, 2020

Time: 1 – 2 pm 

*Limited to 15 attendees.

ArcGIS Hub Workshop Flyer

Learn more about the presenters

Risk Management

Do you have questions about managing risk for your service learning class?  Find answers here!