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Discover Community Engagement During ‘7 Days of Service’

Published: October 15, 2009

An award-winning documentary screening, a town hall forum on the economy, and opportunities to discover how to make a difference locally and abroad are among the events taking place during the 10th annual 7 Days of Service at CSULB, Monday-Saturday, Oct. 19-24.

“7 Days of Service highlights our university’s commitment to serving our local, national and international communities,” said Juan Benitez, executive 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.”

All events are free and open to faculty, staff, students and community members. 7 Days of Service begins at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, with the State of the Center at the Anatol Center in the Academic Services Building, Room 110. Benitez will discuss the center’s current projects, programs and initiatives as well as plans for the year ahead. Awards will also be presented to 10 students, three faculty members and one community organization for their commitment to service. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by e-mailing or call 562/985-7131.

A screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Hip Hop Project,” will follow the State of the Center from 7-9 p.m. in the Beach Auditorium in the University Student Union. “The Hip Hop Project” tells the story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their lives using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. For more information, e-mail

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, a panel and town hall forum, “Critical Perspectives on the Economy: What’s Happened and What Can We Do About It,” will feature a conversation with Dennis Rockway from L.A. Legal Aid Foundation and economists Fadhel Kaboub and James Devine about the local and personal impact of the economy. The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the University Student Union Ballrooms. For more information, e-mail or

Additional events during the week include:

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Internships for a Cause
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brotman Hall, Room 250
A panel of non-profit organizations including representatives from Pretend City and the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club will share internship opportunities, provide information on how to apply and offer advice on how to start a career in the non-profit industry. Call 562/985-4151 for more information.

Green Internships
3-4:30 p.m., Brotman Hall, Room 250
The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability and Long Beach Green Business Association will discuss green internships and offer ways in which faculty, students and staff can become involved in a green initiative. Call 562/985-4151 for more information.


Wednesday, Oct. 21
Volunteer Round-up
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Psych Quad
Faculty, staff and students can make a pledge of community service hours, view posters of service projects and meet representatives from community organizations. Call 562/985-7131 for more information.

Going Global: Internships Abroad
11 a.m.-noon, Brotman Hall, Room 250
Learn how to find internships abroad, discover options as an intern, volunteer or paid employee and learn the dos and don’ts of interning abroad from experienced students. Call 562/985-4151 for more information.

International Service Learning: How Students and Faculty Participate
2-3:15 p.m., Anatol Center, Academic Services Building, Room 110
Hear from student participants in short-term and service-learning courses in Belize, Ecuador, Cambodia and South Africa. Learn about international volunteer opportunities. Call 562/985-8429 for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Committee for Community Collaboration
3:30-5 p.m., Academic Services Building, Room 122
Join in the initial brainstorming and planning for the 2010 Community Issues Forum. Contact 562/985-7131 for more information.

Friday, Oct. 23
Community Partner Workshop
9:30-11:30 a.m., Center for Community Engagement, Academic Services Building, Room 127
Work to develop an efficient screening and placement process for CSULB service-learning students and learn how to establish a university partnership. There is limited space, so RSVP by e-mail to or call 562/985-7131.

Faculty Community Engagement 101 and 202
noon-2 p.m., Center for Community Engagement Conference Room, Academic Services Building, Room 129
Faculty members can explore ways to become engaged with communities and learn about Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion benefits. Call 562/985-7131 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Make a Difference Day Service Project
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Work with Rebuilding Together Long Beach to refurbish a low-income senior citizen’s home in Long Beach. To register, visit For more information, call 562/985-4181.

–Linda Fontes