Make A Difference Week Events Planned for Oct. 18-22

  • BY Cal State East Bay
  • September 30, 2016

Cal State East Bay’s annual Make a Difference week will be held Oct. 18-22. Featuring several events on campus and a keynote address from Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo — CSUEB alumna and neurosurgery student at UC Davis — the week is an extension of national Make A Difference Day, the largest single day of volunteering in the country.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Get Connected to Service Fair 

12:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees can connect with local community organizations in need of volunteers for programs across the East Bay. This runs concurrently to the keynote address. (New University Union multipurpose room)

2-3 p.m. In her keynote address, Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo (B.S. ’07, Biological Sciences and M.S. ’11, Physiology) will discuss her path to medical school, her work at the free Imani Clinic and the importance of being a change agents within our communities. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19:

Food Pantry Launch 

10:45 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new Pioneers for HOPE (Helping our Pioneers Excel) Food Pantry that will assist students dealing with homelessness and food insecurity. 

3-3:45 p.m. A workshop hosted by the CSUEB Center for Community Engagement entitled “Leveraging Service for Employment,” will explore ways students can promote their participation in service projects to future employers. 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Outdoor Movie Night

8 p.m. Watch a movie under the stars while making a difference in the global community. Snack packs will be given in exchange for donations of new or gently used winter hats, socks and gloves for Allied Aid, a Bay Area-based organization working to assist Syrian refugees stranded in Greece. (Meiklejohn Hall lawn)

Friday, Oct. 21 

High-Impact Practices Workshop 

9 a.m-1 p.m. This workshop for faculty will explore how and why community-based learning is considered a “high-impact practice” that deepens student learning and class engagement. (University Union, Bayview room)

Saturday, Oct. 22 

Make A Difference Day 

7 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by Student Life & Leadership Programs, interested volunteers may sign up to participate in local service projects in honor of national Make A Difference Day. (Recreation and Wellness Center plaza)

For more information on all of the events, visit  

In addition to events, CSUEB will be highlighting students, faculty, alumni and staff currently making a difference in their communities. Do you have a story of a Pioneer making a difference? Email to nominate them for a “Pioneer Making a Difference” recognition.