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Students from these California campuses were selected in January 2019 to participate in California Campus Compact's Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.

CSU Los Angeles: The Community Engagement Student Fellow at Cal State LA will be coordinating a pilot program offering wellbeing workshops in classes across the university, facilitated by student leaders. These workshops engage students in an interactive activity to reflect on and discuss the role of social media in their lives and its impact on their wellbeing. The CESF Fellow is responsible for communication with faculty and student leaders to coordinate and calendar presentations, get faculty feedback and student reflections on the workshops, and ensure that the project runs smoothly. She also co-facilitates workshops when needed.

CSU Monterey Bay: In order to increase the civic participation of the Spanish speaking community of Seaside, CA, the CESF Fellow will assist the Seaside Voter Education Project in conducting outreach, translation, and information sessions.

Dominican University of California: Participating in the decennial census is a constitutional right which impacts political representation and federal funding. Low-income neighborhoods, people of color, and immigrants are historically “hard-to-count”. Changes in the 2020 Census will exacerbate the undercount, further dehumanizing and depriving marginalized people. Dominican University of California, in partnership with Canal Alliance, Marin Asian Advocacy Project and the local count committee will assure that “Everyone Counts” in Marin. This project focuses on collaborative design of appropriate outreach to HTC communities and education of the Dominican campus. The desired impact is to support residents in exercising their rights and ensuring an accurate count.

Loyola Marymount University: LMU’s CESF student fellow will engage in direct service to coordinate LMU and Fullerton College student volunteers at The G.R.E.E.N Foundation’s ActNOW health education conferences in Fullerton and Los Angeles.

Occidental College: The Office for Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLICE) at Occidental College will engage one student fellow who will enact the community engagement mission of the college through two projects: assisting in creating athletics-based activities and tutoring program at local 6-12 schools; and supporting a community partner that the student and the SLICE will identify.

Sacramento State University: Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen has convened a Task Force to designate our campus an Anchor institution that will leverage and focus its resources to respond strategically to community needs in the Sacramento region and create signature partnership programs and collaborations. The California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellows will be a part of the Anchor Task Force as we begin our work to assess campus strengths and assets and community assets and needs. Student voice and involvement is critical to the success of this work and its long-term impact. The CESF Fellows serve as members of the Task Force and assist with gathering information about campus-related community engagement efforts; and they also assist with gathering information about community-related needs and issues. It is critical that the campus complete an inventory of on-campus community engagement efforts prior to developing an Anchor campus relationship with an external partner. Our goal is to ensure that the CACC Student Fellows be full participants in the Task Force and that their participation be a learning opportunity to understand the nature of collaborative work that will lead to long-term partnerships between the campus and various community entities. In addition, the CACC Student Fellows will work with the CEC on an end of year event, a Community Engagement Showcase for the campus to highlight and appreciate all of the different types of community engagement that occurs across campus; and work with Francine Redada, our Senior Partnership Coordinator, on our Alternative Break program.

Sonoma State University: The SSU CAC CE Student Fellow will be an English or Communication Studies major doing an unpaid internship as a blogger. S/he will create and edit blog posts in support of the CCE’s efforts; create posts about events, community organizations and opportunities, and other community engagement topics; work closely with CCE student assistants, especially those working on updating our social media accounts and the website; and watch the work of our counterparts and community partners for ideas.

UC Berkeley: The Public Service Internship (PSI) program is a student lead program that connects students with Bay Area social justice issues through internships that focus on policy, community organizing, or direct service. Student interns meet as a cohort throughout the year to build leadership and professional skills and explore social change strategies. The CESF Fellow will serve as the student director, and supports student interns in reflection exercises, planning and leading meetings to build professional development skills, and managing the program logistics. In the spring semester the student director will organize graduate school and professional development panels to offer further exploration and networking opportunities to the PSI cohort.

UC San Diego: The UC San Diego Student Health Advocates are volunteer peer health educators that work to enhance the personal health of students and the collective health and well-being of the campus community through educational workshops, events, campaigns, and programs. These peer educators address topics such as nutrition, sexual health, stress, alcohol, physical activity, and more. Specific activities include: Educating other students about health issues and concerns through educational outreach programs on campus and in the community; Making presentations to students and the community about health issues; Participating in training fellow students; Attending meetings and workshops where information and ideas are exchanged; Improving communication, presentation and facilitation skills; Learning to be a confident leader among their peers.

Whittier College: One CESF fellow will supervise Whittier College students who participate with the Whittier Adult School citizenship class in the spring. He will coordinate the activities of the Whittier College students on campus and in the citizenship class, and will work with the teacher to prepare the lessons for the class. He will also be responsible for organizing his colleagues’ presentation at the annual College and Community Expo on campus in April. The other CESF fellow will recruit fellow students, staff and faculty to help plan and implement all aspects of Helping Hands Day, which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. This will include recruiting and organizing volunteers, creating and finding service projects in the community, planning a culmination celebratory event, and conducting an evaluation of the student and organization’s experiences.

*Stanbridge University: Stanbridge University successfully secured donations to fund their students to serve as CESF Fellows.

Brittany Fregoso – Alzheimer’s Family Center One student from the ADN program will work with the Alzheimer’s Family Center. The selected student from the ADN program will complete 50 hours of volunteer service with The Alzheimer’s Family Center engaging with patients, shadowing staff, and creating care sheets for patients and their families.

Kayla Sims – Pacific Marine Mammal Center (Laguna Beach) One student from the Veterinary Technician program will work with The Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The selected student will complete 50 hours of volunteer service with The Pacific Marine Mammal Center where the student fellow will shadow veterinary staff for behind-the-scenes observation of marine mammals and researching and preparing care sheets for these animals, providing much-needed education to pet owners to ensure proper care and prevent health issues.

Charlene Hyun – High Hopes One student from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program will work with High Hopes Brain Injury Program. The selected student will complete 50 hours volunteering alongside the Occupational Therapy staff at High Hopes to assist with a range of rehabilitation activities including physical conditioning classes, cognitive and social therapies, independent living classes, occupational and speech therapy.

Lauren Colwick – Discovery Cube Orange County One student from the Licensed Vocational Nursing program will work with The Discovery Cube Orange County. The selected student will complete 50 hours of volunteer service with The Discovery Cube Orange County working with staff to develop and create a Health Living educational presentation for future adolescent attendees.

Kylene Busch – Life College One student will work with Life College. The selected student will complete 50 hours of volunteer service with Life College at the Irvine Campus working with autistic students to help them obtain the necessary permits required for advancement in society.