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Virtual drop-in hours

Students can drop in and speak to a service learning adviser via Zoom.

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Service Learning Quick Facts

The mission of CSU Monterey Bay’s Service Learning Institute (SLI) is to foster and promote social justice by cultivating reciprocal service and learning partnerships among CSUMB students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding tri-county community.

  • Due to COVID-19, CSUMB’s service learning requirement was suspended during Spring 2020, resulting in a significant reduction in students’ service hours for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • In spite of disruptions caused by the pandemic, 3,227 service learning students provided appropriately 53,206 hours of service in the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley Region. The monetary value of their contribution is $1.6 million, based on the value attributed to this work by the Independent Sector Value of Community and Volunteer Service

Tutoring Across Distance  

A year of distance was accompanied by a variety of unforeseen challenges for service learning. With all K-12 school districts transitioning to online school, we as a department had to ask ourselves: How do we continue to tutor students remotely? Taking into consideration liability concerns, school districts were equally as challenged with bringing on service learners in an already unfamiliar environment. Regardless of all the obstacles, SLI was able to continue connecting university students to local K-12 programs amidst the pandemic. Additional insight on the Service Learning Institute's transition to online tutoring is detailed in Walter Ryce's article, "Tutoring Across Distance".