The Office of Community Engagement promotes many opportunities for CSUSB faculty to aid in serving the public good.  Please email Diane Podolske at with any questions or for the award applications.

The Establishing Community Partnerships Grant 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. Deadline:  Monday, February 4, 2019 by 5:00pm

The Service Learning Faculty Fellowship program provides up to $2,000 in faculty support for adding a service learning component into course curriculum. 

Deadline:  February 4, 2019* 
* Applications will be accepted until all Fellowships have been awarded! 

The Community-Based Research mini-grant provides up to $5,000 in faculty support for starting or continuing community-based research projects. 

Deadline:  February 4, 2019*
* Applications will be accepted until all Mini-Grants have been awarded! 

The Community Engagement Travel Grant program provides up to $2,500 in travel funds for professional conference that 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. 

Deadline:  February 4, 2019*
* Applications will be accepted until all Travel Grants have been awarded! 

The annual Outstanding Community Engagement 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.  
Deadline:  April 8, 2019

For more information, please contact:

Diane Podolske, Director, Office of Community Engagement
Office: FO-228
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. 

Upcoming Community Engagement Conferences

2019 PACE (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement) Conference 
February 13, 2019 | Greensboro, NC

9th Indiana Campus Compact Annual Service Engagement Summit
Talking. Listening. Transforming
February 25-26, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
Continuums of Service
March 6 - 8, 2019 | University of San Diego
2019 NASPA Conference
March 9 - 13, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA
Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference
Education for Democracy: Innovating in Complex Times
March 25-27, 2019 | Providence, RI
Midwest Campus Compact Conference
May 30-31, 2019 | University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
2019 Civic Learning And Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE)
June 5-8, 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Philosophy from All Walks of Life
October 17-19, 2019 | Michigan State University, Kellogg Conference Center
Call for Proposals Due: January 31, 2019
2019 IARSLCE (International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement)
October 22-25, 2019 | Albuquerque, NM
Globalsl Summit
November 3 - 5, 2019 | Clemson University, SC
2020 National Campus Compact Conference
March 29 - April 1, 2020 | Seattle, WA

New Books for Check Out at the Office of Community Engagement!

Community-Based Participatory Research 1st Edition
Karen Hacker, 2017
Karen Hacker presents a practical approach to CBPR by describing how an individual researcher might understand and then actually conduct CBPR research. This how-to book provides a concise overview of CBPR theoretical underpinnings, methods considerations, and ethical issues in an accessible format interspersed with real life case examples.

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Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity 3rd Edition
By Nina Wallerstein, Bonnie Duran, John Oetzel, Meredith Minkler
This book provides practitioner-focused guidance on CBPR to help public health professionals, students, and practitioners from multiple other clinical, planning, education, social work, and social science fields to successfully work towards social and health equity.  Learn new partnership evaluation and collective reflection strategies, including measures and metrics, to enhance their own practice for improved health and social equity outcomes