Service learning student updates
Reminder: CSUMB permits in-person, remote, and hybrid service projects this semester.
Virtual drop-in hours
Students can drop in and speak to a service learning adviser via Zoom.
Fall 2021 Non-Profit & Govt. Service Learning Opportunities
Review our list of current active community partners for Fall 2021:
Fall 2021 K-12 Service Learning Opportunities
Get Started: Watch this K-12 Service Learning How-To Video to learn about our Tri-County K-12 Service Learning partners.
- K-12 SL Overview
- In-person orientation is mandatory if serving with K-12 schools in Marina, Seaside, and Monterey.
K-12 Service Learning Logistics
The following resources can assist you in:
- Monterey Peninsula Unified School District: In-person orientation is mandatory if serving with K-12 schools in Marina, Seaside, and Monterey
- TB Testing: A TB Test is required for all students serving with K-12 schools. The test is available at the Campus Health Center: How to Complete the TB Testing Process.
- Livescan/Fingerprinting: Some school districts require that students complete a Livescan background check before being able to serve. Check the details required at your district on the K-12 SL Partner District Background Check Requirements. If your school district does NOT cover the costs of the Livescan, CSUMB will reimburse your costs. Just follow the guidelines below.
C-POW! (Community Partner Outreach Week): Monday, Aug 30 - Thursday, Sept. 2
Hear directly about service opportunities from CSUMB community partners by topic. All meetings will be recorded and posted.
- Monday, Aug. 30: Kick-off/Overview for Students Meeting Recording
- Monday, Aug. 30: K-12 Opportunities Meeting Recording
- Tuesday, Aug. 31: Science and Health Opportunities Meeting Recording
- Tuesday, Aug. 31: Youth and Arts Opportunities Meeting Recording
- Wednesday, Sept. 1: Social Services and Advocacy Opportunities Meeting Recording(Session #1)
- Wednesday, Sept. 1: Social Services and Advocacy Opportunities Meeting Recording(Session #2)
MySLP Placement Tutorials and Help
New to service learning? Need help with identifying and selecting a service site? Completing or submitting SL placement forms on MySLP/S4? Refer to these tutorials for assistance:
- Students: MySLP/S4: SL Placement Process Overview
- Students: How to Register Short Term Agreement/Service at Home
- Students: How to Log your Hours on MySLP/S4
- Students: How to Submit an SL Evaluation to your Agency
- Faculty: How to Access Student Evaluations by Community Partner
Additional remote SL options: Virtual volunteer hubs
This spreadsheet includes regional, national, and international service learning opportunities. Please read instructions carefully when registering with virtual service hubs. Virtual Service Hubs should be registered as short-term agreements and list the SL instructor or SL student as the site supervisor. Virtual Hub service organizers are usually not able to serve as site supervisors, approve time logs, etc. This must be tracked and managed by the SL student and the instructor.
Step 1: Identify and select a service learning community partner
- Read and reflect: During Weeks 1-2, take time to read and review your SL course syllabus for information about service projects and sites. Reflect on your own interests and goals. How might you answer this question? As you think about community service and your SL course, what issues, people, and/or places motivate you to serve?
- Explore & Engage: Make time to explore available service learning options in a variety of ways. Engage in online opportunities to learn about and meet community partners, as well as share information about yourself (your interests, skills, and/or course goals).
- Talk with the SL community: (1) speak with your SL professor, SLI Student Leaders and/or SLI staff, (2) meet with Spring 2021 SL Community Partners during Community Partner Outreach Week (C-POW), Monday, Feb. 1 - Friday, Feb. 5.
- SHORT TERM AGREEMENTS: New partners or At Home Service: Perhaps you've identified an appropriate community agency located closer to you, or an agency that compliments course themes that is not part of CSUMB's partner database. As long as your professor approves and the organization completes and submits all required paperwork, you are allowed to establish a short-term agreement with an agency/organization that is not a current CSUMB Community Partner.
- Ask questions!: This is a great way to get to network, make new friends, and further clarify your interests and options about where to serve.
- Ask about serving remotely: Find out: Is there a required orientation or training before serving? When are you expected to be available online? Is there a required dress code or other rules when serving with this organization?
- Decide which community organization you'd like to serve with: Once you've selected a Community Partner you'd like to serve with, move on to Step 2. (Note: It's always a good idea to have a second choice/back-up service site in mind, especially given COVID-19's unpredictable impact on organizations)
Step 2: Complete the Draft Learning Agreement Worksheet
Once you've spoken with your professor and the community organization you'd like to serve with, we strongly suggest downloading and completing the DRAFT LEARNING AGREEMENT WORKSHEET. When submitting your final, online form, it's important to enter correct contact information about the community partner you'll serve with - especially email addresses.
Make time to discuss your LEARNING AGREEMENT WORKSHEET with your SL professor and/or community partner contact for pre-approval, making sure everyone is in agreement with where you'll serve, and what you'll be doing.
IMPORTANT: Once you submit the online Learning Agreement (Step 3), you cannot edit it! If corrections are required, you'll need to complete and submit a new Learning Agreement. If you have an accurate DRAFT ready to refer to, you can simply cut/paste the information from your draft into the online form, and submit it.
When you've completed a DRAFT Learning Agreement Worksheet and shared it for pre-approval, move on to Step 3.
Step 3: Register your SL site placement on MySLP/S4
- Before starting your service, you are required to register your placement by completing the necessary forms stored in MySLP/S4. MySLP (My Service Learning Placement) contains information about over 500 community agencies and non-profit organizations located in and beyond the tri-county area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County).
- Log into your CSUMB DASHBOARD before clicking the link to register via MySLP - this ensures you'll be connected directly to CSUMB's Community Partners! The MySLP/S4 database is shared by 23 CSU campuses.
- Your SL Site Placement Registration is complete only after you've (1) signed and submitted the online CSUMB Waiver of Liability, and (2) submitted your ONLINE Learning Agreement (or Short Term Agreement).
- Find instructions here for:
Step 4: Complete and submit the online (MySLP) Learning Agreement, and set up your Time Log.
- Here's where your DRAFT Learning Agreement Worksheet comes in handy! If you have an accurate draft ready, you can simply cut/paste the information into the online form, and submit it.
- Once your ONLINE (MySLP) Learning Agreement is submitted, it will be sent directly to the identified community partner site supervisor and your SL professor for their e-signatures
Important: Once you submit the online Learning Agreement (Step 3), it cannot be edited! If corrections are needed after you've submitted your Learning Agreement, you'll need to complete and submit a new document.
Due to the need for distance learning and remote service, all service learning forms are now online. Printable, PDF forms are available in case of emergency, however, during CSUMB's campus closure, all Service Learning forms should be completed online via MySLP/S4.
Key elements of a service learning experience
The service and learning must be worthwhile and valuable for both the student and the community. There must be reciprocity between the server and those served.
Intentional, systematic reflection about the experience must take place in order to maximize the benefit of service learning experiences.
Reflection within the context of the service experience encourages introspection of other aspects of the student's life.
Reflection is the critical process to link service and academic learning objectives.
Service activities need to be directly related to the student's academic learning objectives in order to strengthen student's critical thinking.
A priority is placed on involving a broad cross-section of students working in diverse settings and with diverse populations within the community.
Service helps students overcome stereotypes and fears, and develop skills as multicultural community participants.
As you begin your service relationship with a community agency, you are probably eager to get involved and make a difference in the lives of people with whom you work and the agencies with which you serve. We expect that you will view yourself as a representative of CSUMB in the community and as such, we ask that you carefully read through and abide by the following guidelines created to assist you in having the best and most productive experience possible:
Please read and follow these guidelines if traveling to/from service sites:
- Keep your automobile a non-attraction. Do not leave items visible in the car's interior. Place valuable articles in the trunk prior to arrival at site.
- If you take the bus, be sure to know the route and cost of bus fare.
- In case of a breakdown or a mix up with transportation, carry enough money for a cab ride home.
- Develop a community safety net of resources in your placement area.
- Familiarize yourself with people, places and things in the area that can be of assistance in times of emergency (e.g. know the location of phones, 24-hour stores, police station, etc.).
- Give the phone number of the agency where you'll be serving to a roommate, friend, or relative before leaving for your placement site.
Use common sense and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. Every site has its own rules, policies, procedures, protocol and expectations, for which you are responsible. Familiarize yourself with the workings of the site/agency. This will contribute to your success in service.
The California State University Chancellor's Executive Order No. 345 requires each campus of The California State University to maintain a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment for its students, employees, and those who apply for student or employee status.
The following federal and state statutes prohibit sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended)
- Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Government Code Section 12940; and the California Education Code, Section 200 et seq.
All members of the university community are responsible for ensuring that their conduct does not sexually harass any other member of the university community. This same responsibility extends to employees of third parties doing business with the University and to campus visitors.University administrators and supervisors have the further responsibility of preventing and eliminating sexual harassment within the areas they oversee. If administrators or supervisors know sexual harassment is occurring, receive a complaint of sexual harassment, or obtain information indicating possible sexual harassment, they must take immediate steps to ensure the matter is addressed, even if the issue or alleged problem is not within their assigned area of responsibility.
Faculty, staff, and students are expected to inform an appropriate administrator (i.e., deans or vice presidents) or other university officer (i.e., director of Human Resources) if they have reason to believe sexual harassment is occurring. Program administrators and department heads/chairs are responsible for taking appropriate steps to disseminate this policy statement to students and employees in their respective areas. All faculty, staff, and administrators will be held accountable for compliance with this.
Definition of sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as follows:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's employment or academic advancement
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for affecting an individual's employment or academic standing
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, learning, or social environment
Not "just flirting" types of sexual harassment
- Verbal or physical contact with the intention of sexual relations may be quid pro quo (i.e., "in exchange" for favors such as promotions, employment perks, better grades etc.). The power of the person in authority (employer, supervisor, professor, etc.) to sexually harass increases in direct Correlation to lack of organization of the potential victim group - i.e., women laborers in the informal sector, temporary workers, students, women in institutions for the mentally/ physically handicapped etc. are most vulnerable.
- Sexual harassment by colleagues
- Sexual harassment by clients - particularly in professions where women's role is "sexually packaged" - such as air hostesses, workers in beer bars etc.
- Sexual objectification of an individual though sexual relations not intended (harassment on the road etc.). This can also include negative comments like "you're fat/ ugly" etc.
- Hostile, anti-woman environment (pornography in public places, foul language etc.). This may not be directed at any woman employee in particular, but the effect on women is one of discomfort.