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Mission, Philosophy & Goals

"The programs of the Service Learning Institute engage the content, practice, and pedagogy of service learning to promote social transformation and create a more just world."
Seth Pollack, SLI Director


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.


Social justice is the guiding principle for our practice in service learning.

We believe that:

  • CSU Monterey Bay students, as future leaders of our community, deserve a real world education that inspires social responsibility, cultivates respect for diversity and encourages compassion for all;
  • CSUMB should be a responsible, engaged member of the local community;
  • Academic learning is strengthened by engaging in meaningful service and reflection;
  • Education at CSUMB should be transformative;
  • And that, all partners in the service learning process should be engaged in teaching and learning, serving and being served.

We have adopted the following core values to guide our work:

  • Building authentic partnerships that demonstrate shared leadership, collaboration and reciprocity;
  • Acting with compassion, demonstrating honesty and authenticity;
  • Working towards social justice: continual movement toward an equitable society;
  • Developing multicultural understanding and respect for differences; and,
  • Cultivating awareness of self in relation to social inequities through reflection and active service with the community.


Service Learning Institute

(831) 582-3644
(831) 582-3568
Pacific Hall