The Freshmen Day of Service is an exciting one-day community service projects for freshmen as part of their Freshmen Year Experience General Studies Course.
In partnership with the General Education Program, the Center for Community Engagement works each year to coordinate multiple one-day community service projects that run during the weekends in March and April.
Additional Waiver drop-off: If your project requires an additional waiver, please drop off your additional waiver during FDoS T-shirt pick up period which is during March 3rd - Apr 23, Tues, Weds and Thurs between 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Upper Library Walkway, Rainy Days at SA Building 1st floor.
In Office Wavier drop- off: March 3rd-April 23, Friday between 10:00am- 12:00pm SF 318
FDoS Registration Link (opens at 1:00pm on 2/3/2020) : https://wapps1.csueastbay.edu/fdos/students/
o Project preview available on the CCE website at the start of the semester.
o Registration opens Feb 3 and closes Feb 14 (open registration period).
o Students complete Freshmen Day of Service pre-survey Feb 1 – Feb 28 (link will be sent to GS faculty).
o Projects begin March 6 and end April 26 (no projects spring break weekend April 3-5).
o Students complete Freshmen Day of Service post-survey March 1 – end of semester (link will be sent to GS faculty; students should be encouraged to complete the post survey directly after their weekend of service).
Service learning is a teaching method that promotes student success through active participation in meaningful and planned learning experiences in the community that contribute to the public good and are directly related to course content. Service learning courses may be identified through such indicators as: internship, fieldwork, field studies, applied, service learning, community engagement.
The Center for Community Engagement supports course-related (academic) service learning experiences through the CalStateS4 system which manages student placements, community partnerships, and captures data.
Each student placement site or partner with whom students are completing service hours should have a current contract or MOU on file with the University. Also, each student should have a signed university waiver on file for their placement. The S4 system manages all of this. All courses that we have identified as service learning are automatically loaded into S4 for student and faculty use.
Students using or planning to use a site that is not listed in CalStateS4 must complete the Student Placement Request for a Non-Contracted Site.
To improve relations with others, observe the following rules:
1.)Make an effort to learn about existing strengths, as well as needs, of the community with which you are working. Do not assume how to help and how to solve perceived “problems.”
2.) Be open to seeing things in new ways and from new viewpoints. Observe and respect cultural differences in language, expectations and values. Recognize that people communicate differently. For example, some people smile a lot; others do not.
3.) Ask questions and really HEAR what is being said; let the people who live and work within the area of your public service placement help you become an effective service learning student.
4.) Be proactive about asking questions if you don’t understand what is expected of you on site.
5.) Pay attention to how you practice power. Learn and serve WITH the people at your site. We are reaching our hands out, not down.
6.) Give people the benefit of the perceptual doubt. Assume goodwill. This rule assumes that most individuals seek psychological comfort and congeniality. Use "I" instead of "you" to deflect blame. Say, "I'm having some difficulty understanding A or B" rather than "You are not explaining A or B very well"
7.) Minimize confrontations by asking questions such as "How's that?" and "How so?" Or say, "Please help me understand why you see A or B the way you do." Here the emphasis is on giving the "other" an opportunity to explain his or her point of view.
8.) Try to look at people as individuals rather than as members of ethnic groups. Some stereotyping will occur, of course, since we generally do not start each encounter with a clean slate of impressions. Seek common ground. Learn about things that you share in common with others, like music, food, or hobbies.
9.) Learn how to distinguish between things that happen to you because you are part of a certain group (example gender or religion) and things that happen to everyone as a part of the human condition.
10.) Develop empathy. Try to infer the feelings and actions of others.
If there are issues with your service site, please inform your instructor to discuss ways to improve your experience.
The specific dress code requirements will vary from site to site. However, some general guidelines for inappropriate clothing:
·Revealing clothing, including shorts, spaghetti-strap tops, low-cut shirts, halter tops, bare
midriffs, extremely low-rise pants or short skirts
·Clothing with offensive, vulgar or discriminatory slogans, sayings or images
·Clothing advertising alcohol or cigarettes
·Dirty or torn clothing
·Flip-flops or dirty sneakers
Certain organizations (like schools and agencies that work with children) are obligated to maintain confidentiality between themselves and their clients. This means that information about the client is never to be discussed outside the work of the agency. As a student engaging in service, you may be included in this kind of work or given access to this kind of privileged information. Confidentiality is extremely important! You are expected to follow the agency’s guidelines regarding privacy and confidentiality. If you are unsure—ask your direct supervisor.
The End of Your Service assignment
You may have developed relationships with the people at the agency and the clients. They may have come to rely upon you in ways that you are not aware of. It’s important not to just “disappear” at the end of your service placement. Make sure the people you serve and the people you work directly with are given notice of your last day a couple of weeks in advance. It is good professional practice to give two weeks notice. On your last day, shake hands as appropriate with your supervisor, coworkers, and clients. Let them know specifically what you appreciated of the experience.
Testing and Checks
Many sites, like schools and other agencies that work with children require background checks and tuberculosis tests. If the placement site does not have a process for you to follow, both are available at a reduced cost for students here at CSUEB. Student Health Center Background Checks
If possible, students should not ride in vehicles with site staff or clients. If the community service, internship, or project requires attending or working at an event that is not at the organization’s main site, students should maintain their own transportation. If it is not possible to maintain their own transportation to the event, students may ride with site staff only if there are more than two people in the vehicle. If the service or internship includes mobile services such that students will be in a van/vehicle to deliver services or ride with clients, please ensure there are more than two people in the vehicle. Unless necessary for the service, partner organizations and site staff cannot require students to ride with them in a vehicle. If an organization or site staff member insists on this, please feel free to contact the Center for Community Engagement to report the matter email@example.com (510) 885-4437.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in employment, as well as all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus), and protect all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Please be sure to review the information available at the University’s website for students on Title IX protections http://www.csueastbay.edu/riskmanagement/title-ix/index.html. If at any time you feel these rights have been violated, please contact your faculty member or the Center for Community Engagement to report the matter firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 885-4437.
Student clubs and organization can now apply for recognition through I SERVE EAST BAY, a new program sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement. I Serve is an opportunity for student organizations to receive awards for various types community impact and engagement events and activities.
The types of Community Service Recognized:
For descriptions and examples for each category, click on the link below!
How it works:
For more information: I Serve East Bay.
I Serve Form here :https://forms.gle/23VuimHgYHvFAktZA
Pioneers for change (PFC) is a paid service learning, peer-to-peer, leadership program. The mission of PFC is to provide opportunities for growth and development through team building, service projects, and service learning internships that encourage students to be leaders on and off campus as well as catalysts for positive change within the community.
The Program is based on the three pillars of personal, professional, and social responsibility.
The Center for Community Engagement hires students for PFC every spring semester for the upcoming academic year.
Students interested in applying for Pioneers for Change must:
For more information:Pioneers for Change