Service Learning Institute


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

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.

Maddy and Jess at the Faculty and Community Partner Mixer

Service Learning Quick Facts

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 3,310 students provided 114,651 hours of service in 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 (2017), totals 3.3 million dollars.

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.


See this section for Service Learning Institute publications, including our newsletter.


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.