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7 Days of Service Takes Place Oct. 19-25 With Numerous Events

Published: October 13, 2008

Faculty, students and staff will have the opportunity to raise money for AIDS research, participate in a food drive or refurbish a home in North Long Beach when CSULB’s ninth annual Seven Days of Service begins on Sunday, Oct. 19. The weeklong series of events is designed to encourage community engagement and showcase current service projects.

In addition to participating in local community service projects, participants will have an opportunity to discuss best practices for service learning and community-based participatory research, explore key social issues in Long Beach and learn how the university impacts the world through international service learning. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community.

“Seven Days of Service highlights our university’s commitment to serving our local, national, and international communities,” said Juan M. Benitez, interim director of the Center for Community Engagement. “It’s an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and the larger community to showcase ongoing community engagement efforts and explore issues of importance here in Long Beach and throughout the world.”

Seven Days of Service begins with AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Oct. 19. To join a CSULB team, visit AIDS Walk Los Angeles and go to Team Info.

The kickoff reception and Center for Community Engagement State of the Center will take place on Monday, Oct. 20. It begins with an open house for the Center of Community Engagement from 4:30-5 p.m. in the Administrative Services building, room 147. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. in AS-110 and will recognize outstanding faculty and community partners. The scheduled keynote speaker is Jorge Uranga, the director of Educational Participation in Communities at California State University, Los Angeles.

Other events include:

Weeklong Food Drive: Donate non-perishable food to support Boys Town California Oct. 20 – 24 at locations throughout campus.

Challenges and Benefits of Community Engagement and Research: Faculty will share best practices for integrating community-based participatory research and service learning on Oct. 21 from 3:30-5 p.m. in AS-146.

International Service Learning: How Students and Faculty Can Participate: Learn about international volunteer opportunities and hear from students who have participated in short-term, service learning courses in Cambodia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania on Oct. 22 in AS-110 from 2-3:15 p.m. From 3:30-4:45 p.m. in AS-110 faculty can discover ways to integrate service learning into study abroad courses.

Community-Campus Dialogue: Geography professor Vincent Del Casino will present a demographic snapshot of children and youth in Long Beach. The presentation focuses on distributions of social groups in the city based on class, race, and ethnicity and addresses key social issues, such as children’s access to park space and proximity to freeways.

Share Stories From the Field: Students, faculty, and community partners of the College of Education’s SERVE program can “share their stories” in short video-taped interviews that will eventually be part of a video library. Videotaping will be done from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Education 1 building, room 1. Call 562/985-5876 for more information.

Volunteer Roundup and Student Posters: Pledge community service hours, view posters of students’ service projects and meet community organization representatives in the Psychology Quad from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Launch Your Career with Volunteer Experience: Learn how to market your volunteer service in your resume and during your interviews from 3-4 p.m. in AS-146. Call 562/985-4151 for more information.

International Engagement: Exploring Death and Dying in South Africa: Listen to Professor Pamela Roberts (Human Development) and her students share their powerful Service Learning experiences in South Africa in the Psychology (PSY) building, room 201 from noon-1 p.m.

Make a Difference Day Service Project: Help refurbish a home in North Long Beach from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sign up with Student Life and Development. Call 562/985-4181 for more information.

The Children’s Clinic – Beach Walk 5K and Wellness Fair: Participate in a community beach walk to support local children and families. The event takes place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Marina Green Park on East Shoreline Drive. Call 562/492-6703 for more information.

Unless indicated otherwise, call 562/985-7131 for additional information about these events.

Seven Days of Service is a campus-wide effort facilitated by the Center for Community Engagement. This year, programs are being sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, College of Education SERVE program, Student Life and Development, the Career Development Center and the Learning Alliance.