The Office of Community Engagement fosters teaching, research, scholarship and reflection to inspire CSUSB students to be active citizens and make life-long commitments to service.
The Office of Community Engagement facilitates service learning, community-based research and volunteer service by engaging students, faculty and community partners in collaborative partnerships that serve the public good. We lead the university-wide culture of community engagement as a high impact practice that contributes to student success.
Our approach is to empower and enable CSUSB students to engage with their communities - in class and outside of class.
What is the definition of community engagement at CSUSB?
Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good. (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
For more information about OCE programs or for information on how to create community-university partnerships, please contact Diane Podolske at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards and Honors
CSUSB received national recognition for community engagement programs. For the second time in a row, CSUSB renewed its Community Engagement Classification from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation. In 2019-2020, more than 2,004 Cal State San Bernardino students participated in the university’s 154-course selections that offered a service-learning component. Students contributed more than $1.8 million to local communities through more than 61,210 service hours.
Cal State San Bernardino was named one of five universities and colleges from across the country to receive the prestigious Washington Center Higher Education Civic Engagement Award in 2012. Like the other honorees, CSUSB was chosen for the strong commitment of its students, faculty and staff on their leadership, innovation and support of community programs and projects.
In 2019 CSUSB earned a Gold seal ALL IN Democracy Challenge for increasing college student voting rates between 40% and 49% from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. “We are deeply honored to receive the ALL IN Challenge Awards gold seal. It recognizes the determination and dedication of our students, faculty and staff to inspire and work with our students to become leaders and be more active in their communities.” CSUSB President Tomás Morales
In 2017 CSUSB has earned a Bronze seal in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for achieving a student voting rate of 57% in the 2016 Presidential election. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation.