Student Leadership in Service Learning Program

Service Learning Student Leaders Spring 2018
Student Leaders Fall 2017

Service Learning Student Leaders, Fall 2017; Top Row L to R Genesis Medellin Cruz, Leslie CIsneros, January Cornelius, Madilynn Turner, Deanna Carter, Andrea Diaz Aquino, Tyler Gidney (Americorps VIP Program Lead). Bottom Row L to R, Yesenia Mendez, Briana Gibson, Daisy Leon Melendrez, Nanor Derderian, Sonia Olmos

The Student Leadership in Service Learning Program (sl2) plays an important role in creating peer to peer mentorship for CSUMB service learning students. The Service Learning Student Leaders act as liaisons between the students, faculty and community partners to deepen the service learning experience.

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In Fall of 2017 alone the sl2's have helped recruit, train, and support almost 200 service learners, providing approximately 6,000 hours of quality service for their community partners. Evaluations consistently show that students who are able to work with one of our Student Leaders report more fulfilling and positive experiences, and more meaningful connection to service and community. With your help we hope to expand the program, giving students and community partners more access to our Student Leaders, and improving the connections between campus and community through the transformative power of service.

Student Leaders and Staff with children at MLK Library in Salinas.

Student Leaders and Staff with children at MLK Library in Salinas.

About

The Student Leadership in Service Learning (sl)2 Program employs students with prior CSUMB service learning experience to assume leadership roles in the implementation of CSUMB’s service learning mission. Service Learning Student Leaders (SL2s) provide valuable support for all three constituencies in the service learning process: faculty, community partners and students.

The co-teaching and peer mentoring model that the (sl)2 Program pioneered has been very effective in helping students examine the highly charged issues related to diversity and social justice that they encounter through service learning.

Additionally, the (sl)2 Program continues to succeed in helping SL2s develop their own commitments to social justice and diversity on campus and in the community. Graduates of the program are known to have gone on to pursue careers in public service and social justice related fields.

Program History

In 1996, the Service Learning Institute expanded its infrastructure support for faculty, community partners and students involved in service learning through the development of the University Service Advocates Program. Through initial funding from the Corporation for National Service and other local donors, the SLI developed a model student leadership program that enabled CSUMB student leaders to play key roles in the development and delivery of the service learning mission at California State University Monterey Bay.

In 2003 the Service Learning Institute received a three-year, institutionalization grant from the Surdna Foundation to establish the Student Leadership in Service Learning (sl)2 Program.

Student Leaders

Fall 2017 Student Leaders

Fall 2017 Leaders

Top Row L to R Genesis Medellin Cruz, Leslie Cisneros, January Cornelius, Madilynn Turner, Deanna Carter, Andrea Diaz Aquino, Tyler Gidney (Americorps VIP Program Lead);Bottom Row, L to R Yesenia Mendez, Briana Gibson, Daisy Leon Melendrez, Nanor Derderian, Sonia Olmos

Leslie Cisneros

Leslie Cisneros - Youth N.O.W.

Sonia Olmos

Sonia Olmos - Service Learning in Chicano/Latino Communities

Madilynn Turner

Madilynn Turner - Marina Recreational Services

Yesenia Mendez

Yesenia Mendez - Monte Bella Elementary School

Andrea Diaz

Andrea Diaz - Seaside Middle School

Deanna Carter

Deanna Carter - Seaside High School

Nanor Derderian

Nanor Derderian - El Sausal Middle School

Daisy Leon Melendrez

Daisy Leon Melendrez - Central Coast Citizenship Project

Genesis Medellin Cruz

Genesis Medellin Cruz - Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County

Student Leaders 2016 - 2017

Margarita Vidales

Margarita Vidales

Margarita Vidales a recent graduate from California State Monterey Bay with a major in Collaborative Health and Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work. For the past three years, she was part of the Service Learning Student Leadership program at CSUMB in working with the Citizenship Project in Salinas and co-facilitating SL 200S: Power, Culture, Equity and Service (6 units) Educational Equity class. Margarita is currently this year's Program Specialist through the Americorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP).

Danny Perez

Danny Perez

Keishell Moore

Keishell Moore

Peter Xiong

Peter Xiong

Yesenia Duran

Yesenia Duran

Cambrey Wooten

Cambrey Wooten

Andrea Diaz

Andrea Diaz

Deanna Carter

Deanna Carter

Daisy Leon Melendrez

Daisy Leon Melendrez

Justin Stalling

Justin Stalling

Maria Gaytan-Ramirez

Maria Gaytan-Ramirez

Sonia Olmos

Sonia Olmos

B Kingsley Iwuanyanwu

B. Kingsley Iwuanyanwu

2015-2016 Student Leaders

2015-2016 Service Learning Student Leaders
Brigette Johnson

Brigette Johnson - Program Specialist

Bridgette is currently in her senior year and is majoring in Psychology. She is originally from Long Beach, California and chose to attend CSUMB based on the small class sizes and location. She completed her service learning at The Village Project two years ago and was inspired to go back and continue working with them. This year is her second year as a Service Learning Student Leader. Last year, she worked with Professor Deb Busman’s HCOM 307S: Soc Impct Of Mass Media SL (6 units) Social Impact and Mass Media Service Learning class as a co-facilitator and with The Village Project. This year, she is co-facilitating with Dr. Pamela Motoike in the SL200S Educational Equity Class. Brigette has a strong passion for social justice and equality as well as working with youth. Brigette is hoping to go to graduate school and pursue a career in Marriage and Family Counseling. She would also like to work with foster youth and "at risk" teens.

Austin Smith

Austin Smith

Danny Perez

Danny Perez

Ken Avila-Linn

Ken Avila-Linn

Maria Gaytan-Ramirez

Maria Gaytan-Ramirez

Peter Xiong

Peter Xiong

Sonia Olmos

Sonia Olmos

BK Iwuanyanwu

BK Iwuanyanwu

Cambrey Wooten

Cambrey Wooten

Justin Stalling

Justin Stalling

Margarita Vidales

Margarita Vidales

Robin Jensen

Robin Jensen

Steven Salazar

Steven Salazar

2014-2015 Student Leaders

A group picture of the Service Learning Student Leaders

From top to bottom, left to right :Nicole Suther, Austin Smith, Aidan Shands, Tyler Gidney, David Nixon, Kristen O'Hare, BK Iwuanyanwu, Margarita Vidales, Nate Pardini, Brittney Aubin, Brigette Johnson, and Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Service Learning Leadership. She joined the Service Learning program in Fall 2013 working with El Sausal Middle School as a community based Service Learning Student Leader. Elizabeth has worked closely with the AVID program in El Sausal Middle School since 2011.

Elizabeth has a strong passion for her community, helping first generation students aim for higher education, exposing CSUMB students to the Salinas East Side community, and challenging stereotypes and misinformation.

Margarita Vidales

Margarita is majoring in Collaborative Health & Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Service Learning Leadership.

Margarita first entered the program in Fall 2013 working with the Central Coast Citizenship Project. This project was built to help the people in the community become citizens and to inform them about different government positions they could hold. The Citizenship Project also informs them of their rights before and after becoming a citizen.

Margarita's hope is for her service learners to become more open minded about the community, and to be able to think critically about stereotypes that they may have.

Kristen O'Hare

Kristen is a Cinematic Arts and Technology major with a Service Learning Leadership minor. She is currently in her fourth year and is expecting to graduate in May 2015.

Her experience with Service Learning is a long one. Kristen began her freshman year in the fall of 2011 as a lower-division service learner at Peacock Acres, a Salinas organization that serves foster youth. Their therapeutic approach to mentoring and relationship building was inspiring to Kristen and allowed her to stay connected with them after her service was over.

That connection led Kristen to the Student Leader position, and she officially joined the Service Learning Student Leadership program in the Fall of 2013. As a past service learner at Peacock Acres, Kristen has insight into what it was like as a student and what things could be like as a leader. She hopes to bring both experiences into her work and help the service learners build strong relationships with the youth at Peacock Acres through mentorship, tutoring, and activities.

As an aspiring filmmaker and storyteller, Kristen tries her hardest to incorporate creativity into the learning experiences that the service learners have. She is hoping that what they get out of their experience is similar to the love and connections that she gained from her experiences working with such an amazing organization.

Tyler Gidney

Tyler is the Service Learning Student Leader for the Chinatown Community Learning Center in Salinas. Tyler is a Human Communication major with a concentration in Creative Writing and Social Action and a minor in Service Learning Leadership. With any luck (and maybe some Spanish tutoring) he'll be graduating in the Sprin

g. This is Tyler's first year as a Service Learning Student Leader, but he has been in the Chinatown community for almost two years. Tyler started at Dorothy's Place as a service learner teaching Creative Writing classes. The following semester, he moved the Creative Writing class to the Learning Center as a volunteer and started enlisting the help of other Service Learning students to teach classes.

Tyler's hope for service learners in the Chinatown community is that they are able to establish sincere relationships with people from the community so that both the students and the folks they serve can learn, grow and be changed by the experience.

In the future, Tyler hopes to obtain a Ph.D. and return to the CSU system as a professor while he continues to work in under-served areas such as Chinatown.

Bridgette Johnson

Bridgette is currently in her senior year and is majoring in Psychology. She is originally from Long Beach, California and chose to attend CSUMB based on the small class sizes and location.

She completed her service learning at The Village Project two years ago and was inspired to go back and continue working with them. This year is her second year as a Service Learning Student Leader. Last year, she worked with Professor Deb Busman’s HCOM 307S: Soc Impct Of Mass Media SL (6 units) Social Impact and Mass Media Service Learning class as a co-facilitator and with The Village Project.

This year, she is co-facilitating with Dr. Pamela Motoike in the SL200S Educational Equity Class. Brigette has a strong passion for social justice and equality as well as working with youth.

Brigette is hoping to go to graduate school and pursue a career in Marriage and Family Counseling. She would also like to work with foster youth and "at risk" teens.

Brittney Aubin

Brittney is the Service Learning Student Leader with Dorothy's Place. She is a Psychology major completing her senior year and plans to continue on to graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Brittney would like to work with veterans who return home with PTSD and/or work with inmates in the prison system. She was inspired to join the Service Learning Leadership Program after her experience with service learning at Dorothy's Place last spring.

In addition to providing service to the guests of Dorothy’s Place, Brittney hopes to support service learning students in experiencing all of the wonders of service in the hopes of fostering future advocates for social justice.

Nate Pardini

Nate is a fourth year Business major with a Service Learning Leadership minor who has been with the Service Learning Student Leadership program since August of 2014. He is currently serving as a liaison between students and service learning faculty and at Tiburcio Vásquez Elementary School, where he had completed both his upper and lower division service learning.

In working with the kids at Tiburcio Vásquez, he hopes to accomplish a growing understanding of the complexities of educational equity and all that it entails. Nate hopes to pursue a career as a non-profit analyst after he graduates from CSUMB.

Aidan Shands

Aidan is a third year Biology major expecting to graduate in Fall of 2016 with aspirations of becoming an ecologist. He joined the Service Learning Student Leadership program in the Summer of 2014 and serves at the educational non-profit MEarth in Carmel Valley.

Aidan discovered MEarth when he was a service learner in his Spring semester of 2013. Aidan absolutely fell in love with the site and continued to volunteer there for the next year. Aidan's goal as a Service Learning Student Leader is to share the importance of non-profits such as MEarth, their mission and how it can bring positive change to the way we educate youth and the community.

Austin Smith

Austin is a Business major with either a Marketing or Entrepreneurship concentration. Austin joined the Service Learning Student Leadership program in the Fall of 2013 and is expected to graduate in spring of 2016.

Austin works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey Bay (both the Salinas and Seaside clubhouses). His future career goal is to start his own business with his twin brother.

Nicole Suther

Nicole is a Human Communication major with a concentration in Practical and Professional Ethics. Nicole joined the program in Fall of 2014 and plans to graduate in Spring 2015. Nicole works with Everyone's Harvest, recruiting service learners for both the Farmer's Markets and the Shoreline Community Garden.

Nicole hopes to bring awareness to the issue of food justice and to motivate service learners to be aware of the foods they buy and consume. Eventually, Nicole hopes to go to graduate school in Marketing.

David Nixon

David is in the process of receiving a degree in Human Communication with a concentration in Creative Writing and Social Action, and minors in Service Learning Leadership, Spanish and Visual and Public Art. He is expected to graduate in the Spring semester of 2015.

He first joined the Service Learning Student Leadership program in 2012 as a sophomore and was involved, side by side with Dr. Pamela Motoike, in a Building Healthy Communities course available to incoming freshmen. After leaving briefly to study abroad in Chile, David returned to the program as a course-based student leader in Dr. Rina Benmayor’s Service Learning Oral Histories and Community Memory course. It is his goal to make connections between the fields of oral storytelling, language and social justice work and to make these devices and this knowledge available to his service learners.

After graduating, David plans to continue his social justice work by establishing programs that provide free American Sign Language workshops and courses to marginalized and under-resourced communities, and to communities that do not speak English as a primary language. He hopes to bridge the gaps between the Deaf cultural community (in which he grew up) and other cultural and ethnic communities.

David also hopes to participate in language revitalization and decolonization efforts, as well as immigration activism and social justice-focused creative literature.

Service Learning Student Leader Positions

When students enroll in a Service Learning course, they are asked to observe, reflect and discuss their experiences within their course and at their Community Partner Site. In order to help facilitate this process, Service Learning Student Leaders are placed both in the classroom as well as at Community Partner Sites. Service Learning Student Leaders provide valuable support for all three constituencies in the Service Learning Process: Faculty, Community Partners, and Students.

Faculty Support: Course-Based SL2

Leader facilitates a game

Keishell Moore facilitates a game at Cesar Chavez Library

A SL2 can provide a continuum of support to service learning faculty, ranging from general assistance such as communicating service learning guidelines and procedures in class to working as a teaching partner who co-develops and facilitates critical reflection activities. Course-based SL2s also help in identifying community placements and in maintaining contact with community organizations during the course of the semester.

When a SL2 and a faculty member begin to work together, they meet regularly to support the relationship, clarify expectations and discuss responsibilities.

Within the classroom, SL2s act as peer mentors and facilitators of reflection, helping fellow students explore sensitive issues related to service and social justice. Their own personal experiences and stories help to demystify the process removing some of the anxiety and fear that students may occasionally possess.

Community Partnership Support: Community-Based SL2

Maria Gaytan Representing Monte Bella Elementary School

Maria Gaytan Represents Monte Bella Elementary School at the Community Partner Fair

Community-based SL2s serve on-site with selected community organizations to provide support for the service learners who are working at that site. Community-based SL2s work to support the service site in three key areas:

  1. Developing service learning partnerships with faculty;
  2. Recruiting, placing, training, and coordinating service learners; and
  3. Providing direct service to the organization.

With an intimate understanding of the mission of their community partner organization, SL2s are able to engage service learners in meaningful service activities and facilitate reflections directly related to the learning outcomes of each service learning course.

Community-based SL2s often act as an additional staff member at their community organization – bridging the Service Learning Institute, service learners and the community organization. Their own personal experience and relationships established at the site help provide a model of service and engagement for the service learners placed at the organization.

Become a Service Learning Student Leader

Four women walking with Student Leadership in Service Learning Banner

Yesenia Duran, Andrea Diaz, Daisy Leon, and Sonia Olmos at the MLK Jr. Parade in Seaside 2017

Are you a passionate, committed, community-oriented future leader? Apply to be a Service Learning Student Leader. Applications will be available in Spring 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Be the link between community partners, faculty, and service learners. Join a dynamic team to develop your leadership skills in facilitation and social justice.

For more information, contact Tyler Gidney at fgidney@csumb.edu or Pamela Motoike at pmotoike@csumb.edu

Two figures with hands outstretched

"Be the Change" from Favianna Rodriguez at Favianna.com

Man holding poster with  of fist and "Justice is Love"

Peter Xiong at Winter Retreat Poster Session

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The SL2 program is proud to partner with Americorps. Follow the link for more info.

REQUIREMENTS:

· Be a current CSUMB student.

· Attend the Summer of Service Leadership Academy (40 hours a week during the first two weeks of August 2018), You will receive minimum wage for this training. This also counts as a 4 unit course in the Fall 2018, SL305S.

· Attend weekly professional development meetings (SL391s) on Mondays 12:00-1:45 throughout the academic year.

· Commit to working 15 - 17 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters.

· Have successfully completed an “S” designated course by the end of Spring 2018.

· Have at least 2 semesters left in your academic career at CSUMB and make a one-year commitment to the (sl)2 Program.

· Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher; and

· Have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).