The Office of Community Engagement promotes many opportunities for CSUSB faculty to aid in serving the public good:

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the Establishing Community Partnerships Grant program.  This pilot grant program offers faculty substantial support in their efforts to development community partnerships as a first step to other community engagement strategies, including but not limited to community-based learning and service learning for students both in formal classes and in other teaching-related activities (research teams, internships, independent study, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities), as well as in community-based and community participatory research, scholarly, and creative activities. Mini-grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded.  Uses of mini-grant funds include faculty stipends or professional development funds.  Deadline is February 4, 2019. Please email Diane Podolske at for the application!

The Service Learning Faculty Fellowship program provides faculty support for adding a service learning component into course curriculum. More details about the program and application requirements can be found at the "Service Learning" link on the left side of this web page. For the application click on


The Community-Based Research mini-grant provides faculty support for starting or continuing community-based research projects. More details about the program and application requirements can be found at the "Community-Based Research" link on the left side of this web page. For the application click on


We are also promoting a travel grant program  to enhance faculty knowledge and participation in service learning, community engagement and/or community-based participatory research.  We have compiled some conferences that may be of interest (see below), although other related conferences will certainly be considered. For the application click on

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to open the application period for the annual Outstanding Community Engagement Award.  The award recognizes one faculty member annually based on the following criteria: evidence of high quality, deeply engaged academic work; evidence of community collaboration and change; and evidence of institutional impact. Awardees will receive a recognition award, $1,000 in professional development funds, and his/her name on a perpetual plaque in the Faculty Center for Excellence.  For application materials click on 


For more information, please contact:

Diane Podolske, Director, Office of Community Engagement
Office: FO-228 or PL4005C
Phone: (909) 537-7483

Cherstin M. Lyon, Faculty Associate, Office of Community Engagement
Professor of History; Co-Director, Faculty Center for Excellence
Office: SB335 or PL4005C
Phone: (909) 537-3836

Office hours by appointment for one-on-one consultation. 

The faculty associate for the Office of Community Engagement is available to advise individual faculty, departments, programs, and/or small groups on service learning, community-based learning, community-engaged research, and/or community-based participatory research. 

Imagining America 2018 National Conference
October 19-21, 2018 | Chicago, IL
CUMU Partnering for Equity
24th Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Read.Write.Act 2018 Virtual Conference
November 2-3, 2018
9th Indiana Campus Compact Annual Service Engagement Summit
Talking. Listening. Transforming
February 25-26, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
Proposal Submission Deadline: October 5, 2018
Continuums of Service
March 6 - 8, 2019 | University of San Diego
Call for Proposals Deadline: September 14, 2018
2019 NASPA Conference
March 9 - 13, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA