New!  Check out this new resource on community-based participatory research by Jose Munoz, Associate Professor in Sociology!

CBPR by Jose Munoz (290.39 KB)

More toolkits on community engagement topics are coming soon!

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 application forms.

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.  
 Nominations are due by March 1. Supporting materials are due from the nominated faculty member by March 15.
Support materials that will be requested from the nominated faculty member are:  
1)  A letter of support from a community partner (can be a letter used for a previous community engagement grant)
2)   A complete, current curriculum vitae of the nominee
3)   A community based and/or service learning course syllabus from the nominee
4)   A letter accepting the nomination and explaining how the faculty member meets the following three award criteria:
Evidence High Quality Deeply Engaged Academic Work
Demonstrated integration of community engagement in one’s teaching, research, and/or service as appropriate to one’s context and roles (this might include, but is not limited to, teaching undergraduate or graduate service learning courses, conducting community-based participatory research, developing departmental and/or college/university-level engagement programs and curricula, and/or studying the impact of public engagement).
Evidence of Community Collaboration and Change
Demonstrated commitment and capacity to develop and sustain reciprocal community partnerships and to contribute to positive change on issues of public concern (examples include ongoing work with community members to design, implement, and improve engagement initiatives, recognition of partners as co-educators, evaluation results that show benefits for communities as well as students, support for multifaceted partnerships focused on particular public issues, and research-based collaborations).
Evidence of Institutional Impact
Demonstrated leadership in developing campus culture, program(s), and/or policies that promote meaningful engagement on one’s campus (at the department, college and/or university level). Such efforts may include, for example, redesigning curriculum to include more community engagement and/or community-based learning and research, enhancing faculty development, recognizing engagement in faculty hiring, tenure, and promotion, or fostering common vision and collaboration across disciplines, colleges, and/or institutions.

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.   New grant deadlines will be announced in September, 2019!

The Service Learning Faculty Fellowship program provides up to $2,000 in faculty support for adding a service learning component into course curriculum.  New grant deadlines will be announced in September, 2019!

The Community-Based Research mini-grant provides up to $5,000 in faculty support for starting or continuing community-based research projects.  New grant deadlines will be announced in September, 2019!

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.  New grant deadlines will be announced in September, 2019!

For more information, please contact:

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

Upcoming Community Engagement Conferences
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
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