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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

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)
Awards and Recognition
  • Outstanding Community Engagement Faculty Award
  • CSUSB President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Faculty highlights (Facebook/LinkedIn; OCE Website; OCE 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-Based Education and Service Programming


As we begin to plan for a campus repopulation, we will need each other’s support more than ever. The Community-Based Education and Service series is a network of opportunities that provide faculty a space to brainstorm, develop, and share ideas and information to help restore community-university partnerships. Stay tuned for opportunities and resources on community-based education, research, internships, and volunteer service. 

If you would like to see a community engagement topic covered, please email Juan Ochoa at

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 January 27 - May 13, 2021, fill out a weekly progress log and attend four meetings throughout the Fall semester. A certificate of completion will be awarded to faculty who record at least 10 weeks of scholarly progress. Join us and let’s get writing!

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 Wednesdays at 10 a.m. starting September 2, 2020. Don't forget to take the post-event survey!

Episode 1 - Overview of OCE Grants

Episode 2 - Overview of OCE's Faculty Website

Episode 3 - Virtual Community Engagement

Episode 4 - Community Engagement in Large Classes

Episode 5 - Community University Partnership Development

Episode 6 - Service Learning 

Episode 7 - Community-Based Research

Episode 8 -  Time Efficient Community-University Partnerships

Episode 9 - Community Engaged Scholarship

Episode 10 - Community Engagement and RPT

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 combines data, visualization, analytics, and collaboration technology.

Click the title to watch the recorded zoom presentation. Passcode: x21@MWEO

In partnership with the Faculty Center for Excellence, the Office of Community Engagement presented Community-Based Research: Engage to Make Change. The presentation focused on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, researchers, and others in all aspects of the research process, with all partners in the process contributing expertise and sharing in the decision-making and ownership (Israel et al., 1988).

The keynote presenters, Ethel Nicdao (Sociology) and David Chavez (Psychology), discussed the foundations, key principles, and best practices of CBPR. Jennifer Alford (Geography and Environmental Studies), Oraib Mango (World Languages and Literatures), and Laura Kamptner (Psychology) shared their experiences developing community partnerships, involving students in the research process and leveraging institutional resources for success.

The goal of the presentation was to showcase CBPR projects at CSUSB, highlight faculty experts in this area, and encourage others to consider this impactful approach to research.

Please reference this resource kit throughout the presentation

 CBPR Resource Kit

Service learning at CSUSB is a high-impact teaching method that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are substantively related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness and commitment to the community. This workshop will focus on developing community-engaged online-courses, embedding service-learning experiences to an exisiting course, and designing reflection activities for virtual learning settings. 


Please refrence this resource kit throughout the presentation

Service Learning Resource Kit


The CSU system has launched two new designations for the High Impact Practices (HIPs) of community-engaged learning and service learning. Please join us for a discussion of these new designations and an overview of Stanford University’s Pathways Model which outlines different approaches for community-engaged activities. OCE staff will share best practices for syllabi construction, innovative project ideas, reflection prompts and much more!

Due to the ever-growing changes and restrictions of the pandemic COVID-19, we have made the decision to pause CSUSB’s President Volunteer Service Award (CPVSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. The pandemic has created challenges in our everyday lives. Many of these challenges have led to uneasiness and fear of the unknown, but it also has re-ignited the need to help others who are in need during these difficult times. Despite so much being unknown, we know one thing for sure; kindness has not been canceled. Our campus community from students, faculty, and staff continues to make positive impacts in our community and to those who need it most, even in the face of uncertainty… you continue to Do Good and we thank you!

Opportunities to Connect with Community Partners


Network with other local partners, meet guest speakers, get health care updates and so much more! Meeting dates:

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021

For questions, email:


Risk Management

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