Center for Community Engagement Programs and Initiatives

Civic Learning and Engagement

In spring 2016, President Morishita joined presidents of Campus Compact member institutions in signing the 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors that affirms the commitment of higher education to the public good. The Center for Community Engagement was tasked with coordinating and drafting the Action Plan and convening gatherings of campus and community members to discuss the work moving forward. You may view the current Civic Action Plan here and additional background information here. This is meant to be a living document that represents the interests and activities of the entire East Bay campus. For more information, contact To learn more about the initiative and see East Bay highlighted on the Campus Compact website visit

Pioneers for Change (pfc) 

is an initiative within the Center for Community Engagement that provides students with opportunities for growth and development as leaders while getting paid! Through group training, community service activities, a personal development plan, and community-based learning internships, PfC enables students to be leaders on and off campus and catalysts for positive change within the community.  Through our program, we hope to help students understand leadership skills and utilize them effectively for accomplishing goals; encourage them to exercise personal, professional, and social responsibilities in lives, careers, and communities; teach them to communicate, collaborate & work effectively in a diverse society;  and help them to assess, motivate, and hold accountable themselves and others.  There are two main tracks within PfC: Freshmen Day of Service and Sustainability. Our mission is to create engaging educational programs that allow students to step out of their comfort zones and be positive leaders both on and off campus.

Freshmen Day of Service

In partnership with the General Education Program, the Center for Community Engagement works each year to coordinate multiple one-day community service projects for freshmen as part of their Freshmen Year Experience General Studies Course. The projects run during the first 7-8 weekends in the spring quarter. The Center for Community Engagement works with a variety of non-profits, schools, and community-based organizations to coordinate this effort. Students engage in environmental work and restoration, community gardening, fun runs, charity and fundraising events for local and national organizations, sprucing up senior residences and low income housing, arts and crafts with kids, and many more community service experiences!

Cal State S4

The Center for Community Engagement houses the Cal State S4 application in an effort to centralize the student placement and risk management processes associated with community-based learning.  S4 is an online platform hosted by the Chancellor’s Office which manages student placements, facilitates the off-campus learning risk management process, and lists community partnership information.  Students and faculty may use CalStateS4 for their courses, to find and place with organizations who have a current agreement with the Center.  Please email if you have any questions.


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