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Carnegie Seal recognizing CSULB's Community Engagement Classification

The Center for Community Engagement engages the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change.

We enrich students’ educational experiences, providing opportunities to:

  • Participate in community engagement initiatives that meet societal needs,
  • Apply academic instruction to service projects that address significant community issues,
  • Conduct action-oriented research that makes significant contributions to the community,
  • Enhance leadership skills.

      Bringing Communities and the University Together

Service Learning Curriculum Design Series


Coming Soon!



Fall 2018 Center for Community Engagement Newsletter


We are excited to share this new issue of our center’s newsletter with you.  This issue highlights the wide range in which our campus’s and center’s community engagement efforts continue to advance CSULB’s guiding vision and mission around the public good and civic engagement. Goals for this year include:

  1. Continuing to expand and grow our campus’s Community Engagement and Service Learning opportunities for students.
  2. Providing more Community-Based Action and Participatory Research opportunities.
  3. Highlighting the impact that Community Engagement has on the lives of our students, our community partners, and on issues in our local, regional, national and global communities.

We are looking forward to continuing our work with all of you and exploring new ways to strengthen our community engagement efforts; particularly as part of our campus's IMAGINE BEACH 2030 Strategic Planning process. Feel free to stop by our center or drop us a line. Hope all of you have a great year of engagement… Go Beach!


-Juan M. Benitez, PhD

What is Service-Learning?
Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.

Click here to download our Service-Learning Curriculum Development Guide for Faculty and Community Partners

Tell Us Your Story!

Participate in our Service Learning Spotlight Project by writing or recording the impact that service learning has on you, CSULB, and the community. For more information, email us at with the subject "Spotlight."

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S4 @ the Beach Log In

HOW TO USE S4 @ The Beach:

For assistance with any service-learning questions contact our Service Learning Office at (562) 985-2307 or CCE-SL@CSULB.EDU.


IRA Service-Learning Reimbursement Program Funding - APPLY BY 9/19/2018

The CCE offers IRA Funds to reimburse faculty and students for costs associated with service-learning/ community-based course activities that directly relate to the course’s service learning goals and objectives, are consistent with service learning best practices, and meet other criteria as detailed in our Procedures and Guidelines.



To apply:


To receive reimbursement (awardees):


Applications received by the initial deadline receive priority consideration although applications will be accepted after the initial deadline. Funds will be awarded based upon the criteria noted in the CCE IRA Service Learning Reimbursement Program Procedures and Guidelines and on the availability of funds.

* Service Learning Faculty, are your service learning students covered by SAFECLIP or SPLIP, the university’s student liability insurance?

Your students are covered if:

  • Your course and community partners are included on S4 @ The Beach
  • Your students are registered for their placement sites onS4 @ The Beach
  • A service learning agreement is in place for your community partners.


If any one of these are not true for your service learning class, contact us immediately and we will be glad to assist you.