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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

INTRODUCING: S4 @ The Beach!

Coming now to a computer, smart phone, or iPAD near you, a new and improved online service-learning database.

In Fall 2016 CSULB is piloting S4 @ The Beach to facilitate all aspects of the service-learning process. S4 @ The Beach is an online data management system that tracks our campus' community engagement efforts. A select number of classes are taking part in the pilot, which will be expanded in subsequent semesters to include all service-learning classes as well as other community-based learning.

If you are enrolled in a pilot course, use your campus ID and password to log into S4 @ The Beach

Fall 2016 Pilot Courses

BIOL 459 (01) - Christine Whitcraft

EDSE 436 (03, 07) - Sandra Rogers

ENGL 482 (03) - Diane Vipond

GERN/NUTR 439 (01) - Brooke Dekofsky

GERN/FCS 539 (01) - Brooke Dekofsky

GERN 400 (07, 11) - Elena Ionescu

HFHM 370 (01) - Libby Gustin

HFHM 370 (02) - Courtney Toya

HFHM 379 (01) - Lee Blecher

KIN 477 (04) - Christine Galvan

NUTR 461 (02) - Virginia Gray

POSC 450 (01, 02, 03) - Som Chounlamountry

POSC 450 (04) - Alfredo Carlos

REC 325 (02) - Shengnan (Nancy) Zhao

SOC 142 (04) - Michael Chavez

UHP 301 (01) - Gary Hytrek

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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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

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.


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 or SL Pro
  • Your students are registered for their placement sites onS4 @ The Beach or SL Pro
  • A service learning agreement is in place for your community partners.

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