Utah Campus Compact Webinars
The United States’ ability to contribute to, and innovate in, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industries within the global market is of national concern. As the largest, most diverse and one of the most affordable university systems in the country, the California State University (CSU), with twenty-three campuses, 474,000 students, and 49,000 faculty and staff, plays a critical role in STEM degree completion. The CSU serves more than 125,000 STEM students, and graduated 20,201 STEM baccalaureates in 2016.
Building on its 20-year commitment to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in community service, service learning (SL), deemed academically appropriate by faculty, the CSU Office of the Chancellor conducted a systemwide research study of service-learning courses in STEM fields from fall 2014 thru fall 2016. The study examined the impact service learning has on common measures of student academic achievement (e.g. GPA, retention and graduation), career development and civic engagement. The presentation will review these research findings, share how the CSU is using the findings to enhance and improve service-learning STEM courses, and engage participants in a discussion about how these research findings can be applied to their own institutions.
Throughout the 30+ year history of Campus Compact, questions have been raised about the connections between community service and political engagement, indeed, whether there were or should be any connections at all between the two. Over a decade ago, in 2007, concerned about the seeming disconnect between community and political engagement, the Carnegie Foundation’s Political Engagement Project encouraged higher education to direct its engagement work more explicitly toward educating for participation in democracy and public life. Later that year, CIRCLE and the Kettering Foundation published results from a study titled “Millennials Talk Politics,” which made recommendations about how colleges and universities could better educate students for political engagement. And yet, a decade later, college students seem more disengaged from politics, at least as politics is traditionally understood. Our current political landscape is full of craters, and our public discourse has become more polarized, with charges of “incivility” and “hate speech” being made on campuses from all sides of the political spectrum. In this webinar, we will confront the current political climate and discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents for higher education, as well as how our work in community engagement might foster more effective political learning and action.
Campus Compact Mountain West has been working with member campuses on an initiative called SECond Mission:Service|Education|Careers, an effort to support access to and success in higher education for Veterans and military-affiliated students. Though only 1% of Americans serve in the armed forces, college and university campuses have a robust population of students affiliated with the military due to the opportunities made available through the Post-911 GI Bill. This group of students is disproportionally nonwhite, living with a service-related disability, living in poverty, and earning less than their peers if they’re employed.
During this webinar, we will discuss the ways in which the academic support needs of military-affiliated students align with other groups of non-traditional and adult learners. We will also highlight the ways in which student Veteran support programs have borrowed from Safe Zone and other interventions developed for LGBTQ students. Finally, we will share specific program models from SECond Mission that have made demonstrable impacts on student Veteran persistence in higher education and integration into their local civilian communities
April 10 – Engaging Immigrant Communities
Immigration is a national hot topic. During this webinar members of the Cal State East Bay community will share the responsive programs they created to engage the immigrant community and develop positive relationships across difference.
- In 2014, when a surge in the number of unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States from Central America created a need for more support of immigrant youth, CSUEB created an Immigrant Community Engagement course. During this course our students probe the dynamics of immigrant experiences and serve at immigrant supporting agencies.
- In 2016-17 after a surge in federal immigration enforcement and arrests, 200+ campus employees and students have been trained to serve as allies to support the unique needs of undocumented students on campus. Our campus also hosted a CSU systemwide Undocumented Student Resource Summit.
- In 2017-18 our campus and community common read is In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero, which tells the story of the author’s life after her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Campus and community members will engage in structured conversations about immigration and engage in activities that will result in the update of the City of Hayward’s Anti-Discrimination Action Plan (ADAP).