The Service Learning Institute fosters and promotes social justice by connecting students, faculty, staff and the surrounding tri-county community.

SLI Otter Logo

Mission, Goals & Philosophy

The mission of the Service Learning Institute 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.

Service Learning Quick Facts

During the 2015-16 academic year, 2, 840 students in 118 courses provided 97,220 hours of service in 350 community agencies and schools throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties. The monetary value of this service, calculated using the Independent Sector Value of Community and Volunteer Service, totals $2,290,503. 20 .

Service Learning Outcomes

All service learning classes at CSUMB teach to a common set of learning outcomes for lower and upper division courses. Lower Division and Upper Division Service Learning Outcomes.


The Service Learning Institute has many publications that we put out. In addition, several publications produced by others are helpful for understanding and related to service learning.


The Service Learning Institute works with other groups and departments on several projects including AmeriCorps, Chinatown Renewal, The Catalyst Center and Student Projects.

Spotlight on Service & National Awards

The CSUMB Service Learning Institute has the Marian Penn award and the Spotlight Awards. In addition, CSUMB is recognized as a national leader in service learning and civic engagement.

Contact Us

Contact the staff and/or faculty of the Service Learning Institute.