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Check Out the SSU Civic Action Plan/CCE Strategic Plan


Check Out the SSU Civic Action Plan/CCE Strategic Plan by Merith Weisman Thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of the CCE Strategic Plan/SSU Civic Action Plan. Over the course of the year, we developed one plan, approved by President Sakaki, that serves as both CCE's Strategic Plan and SSU's Civic Action Plan (read about the process here and here). Highlights include: Sonoma State University seeks to infuse the five commitments made in the Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Action Statement into the curriculum, co-curriculum, research, and institutional practice....

Local Environmental Organizations Represented at the Sustainability & Community Engagement Panel


Local Environmental Organizations Represented at the Sustainability & Community Engagement Panel by Maddie Wright During Sonoma State's Earth Week, many really cool events took place surrounding sustainability practices. For example, there was a Stuff Swap where students could bring unwanted clothes, shoes, books, and other random goods to exchange for others' items. There was also a campus garden party in which students, staff, and faculty harvested produce, planted, and weeded the campus garden while listening to music and eating food. These types of events are very important in growing sustainability at...

Service-Learning: An Economics Major Reflects


Service-Learning: An Economics Major Reflects by Ryan Mitchell Service-learning is when a person, or group of people, take the knowledge and educational goals that they have been learning about in class and apply it to some sort of community service or community engagement. For Book Buddies, my buddy Yazlin and I paired up together for some reading, and after worked on creating a book of our own. This applies as service-learning because, as we learned about in our Youth Development class, I was part of...

Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair


Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair by Merith Weisman The Service & Internship Fair is a fantastic opportunity to promote your organization and recruit Sonoma State student interns and volunteers. The Service & Internship Fair will take place on Thursday, August 30th, from 11:30am-1:30pm in Salazar Plaza. SSU students and faculty are not required to register for the event. Important Note: Students can register for internship credits until September 14. Some departments may have earlier deadlines. Be prepared to encourage students to see their advisor to...

Discovery Day XV


Discovery Day XV by Jessica Pereira Dr. Jessica Hobson's PSY 302 service-learners have once again participated in Discovery Day, an event that gives Roseland University Prep students information about applying to college and what it's like to be a student. One SSU student felt eager to show her group around campus, "I love being able to inform students who are younger than me that it's possible to go to to college. Money shouldn't hold anyone back." The student panel answering questions regarding student...

Book Buddies V


Book Buddies V by Jessica Pereira An SSU student portrayed the essence of Book Buddies as, "Children are the future and their future is education. You can tell that these kids are eager to be creative. It opens their eyes to take more time and be more invested in the community." Book Buddies is a service-learning project between SSU students and elementary school students that encourages literacy and exposes them to a college campus at a young age. Students from Dr. Jessica Hobson's...

Dr. Jeremy Qualls Presents at Campus Compact's Biennial Conference in Indianapolis


Dr. Jeremy Qualls Presents at Campus Compact's Biennial Conference in Indianapolis by Missy Garvin On March 26, 2018, Dr. Jeremy Qualls presented a poster on his experience leading a service-learning class that utilizes the Makerspace on SSU's campus. Dr. Qualls partnered with a community organization that serves some of the homeless population of Sonoma County. According to the community organization, Homeless with Pets, there are a significant number of people living in their vehicles. One significant concern for people living in a vehicle relates to mold due to poor air circulation....

Power of the People: Climate Change


Power of the People: Climate Change by Jessica Pereira "People. The most powerful solution to climate change that exists." Dr. Karen O'Brien, a professor at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway was invited to Sonoma State University by the HUB to share her research on climate change. Because she teaches in the department of Sociology and Human Geography, her talk was based on our society and how we react towards climate change. Karen O'Brien, professor at Oslo, Norway Going into this talk, I assumed that I...

My Experiences at the 2018 Campus Compact National Conference


My Experiences at the 2018 Campus Compact National Conference by Jeremy Qualls Over the last twenty years, I've been to many conferences. I've done the big national and international conferences and the not so big local ones. Most of these conferences have been focused on physics, STEM education, or interdisciplinary sciences. This week I went to completely different kind of conference, the 2018 Campus Compact National Conference. It is the BIG ONE for service-learning and community engagement. Campus Compact itself is a national coalition of over a thousand colleges...

Fighting for Women One T-shirt at a Time: The Clothesline Project


Fighting for Women One T-shirt at a Time:  The Clothesline Project by Jessica Pereira *This article contains sensitive information about sexual assault/violence towards women. An amazing shirt from the project! In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Sonoma State University has started their multitude of events supporting women who have been affected by violence with The Clothesline Project. To give a little bit of background, the Clothesline Project started in Massachusetts back in 1990 when a member of Cape Cod's Women Defense Agenda learned that the amount of women killed compared...

Discovery Day XIV


Discovery Day XIV by Jessica Pereira "I want to keep helping people and keep making relationships... be active, and keep helping the community." This is one of many positive takeaways Sonoma State students had after hanging out with Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP) freshman for the day. Discovery Day gives high school freshmen a chance to explore a college campus and the resources that can be offered to them if they further their education after high school. The Communication & Media Studies Learning community...

CSU United: Sacramento State Alternative Breaks Serves in Sonoma County


CSU United: Sacramento State Alternative Breaks Serves in Sonoma County by Maddie Wright Last October, our community was hit hard when the devastating wildfires swept through Sonoma County. Although the news trucks and National Guard has left, our area is still in recovery mode, and will be for a very long time. Sac State students at Redwood Empire Food Bank. They bagged over 5,000 pounds of carrots! Many colleges offer Alternative Spring Break programs. This is an opportunity for students to travel during their Spring Break to a different city...

STEM Reaches the Community


STEM Reaches the Community by Jessica Pereira "That is the basis of service-learning and community engagement; having a strong partnership." Dr. Qualls and the rest of the STEM faculty have been very successful in educating their students over the years, but the professors within this department have begun questioning how they can incorporate service-learning into their classrooms. Dr. Jeremy Qualls, SST Director of Academic Planning and Resource Science and Associate Professor at Sonoma State University led a workshop for professors in the STEM department...

My (Amazing) Experience in The Vagina Monologues!


My (Amazing) Experience in The Vagina Monologues! by Maddie Wright I was so fortunate to be in this year's production of Sonoma State's the Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues is a student organized club centered around promoting the end of gendered violence, denouncing misconceptions surrounding queer and trans+ folks and ending the stigma that surrounds rape. The monologues were written by Eve Ensler, who also created V-Day, a reclaiming of Valentine's Day that strives to educate and end sexual violence against all womxn. Eve interviewed over 200...

Sonoma State Engages with the Community Through Sonoma Serves 2018!


Sonoma State Engages with the Community Through  Sonoma Serves 2018! by Jessica Pereira Every year students, clubs, and other organizations have the opportunity to take part in JUMP's largest community service days of the year, Sonoma Serves! JUMP is SSU Associated Students' community service program that makes it possible for students to serve their community through volunteering, hence Sonoma Serves. I had never participated in Sonoma Serves before, so I felt excited to see what it was all about. IIEEC students working hard with Daily Acts programs coordinator, Liz! The...

Volunteer at Petaluma Health Center


Volunteer at Petaluma Health Center by Brenda Morgan Petaluma Health Center understands that our community comes first. Our mission is to understand and meet the needs of our community to further improve their daily lives. The Petaluma Health Center is a federally qualified health center or FQHC that is federally funded. We are in the top 1% for best health center in all of California. We pride ourselves on serving all different types of socioeconomic backgrounds, and providing the best care for our patients. Volunteers...

Community Service Across the Globe: The Peace Corps


Community Service Across the Globe: The Peace Corps by Jessica Pereira "It brings awareness to third world countries and shows that you can make a difference in the world." Jackeline, Sonoma State's Peace Corps Campus Ambassador is spreading her passion for traveling and service-learning by promoting one of America's largest non-profit organizations, the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps is a two year volunteer-based service opportunity in which participants engage in service projects that help tackle ongoing poverty-related crises in over 60 countries. These service projects focus on education,...

Continuing the Fight for Undocumented Immigrants: Legal Observation Training


Continuing the Fight for Undocumented Immigrants: Legal Observation Training by Jessica Pereira Nikki Pyle, member of the Community Action Coalition of Sonoma County showed her insight on becoming part of the movement of keeping undocumented migrants safe from ICE through a legal observation training. As someone who is a very big advocate for the security of undocumented migrants, I was excited to become more informed on this topic and gain knowledge on how I can potentially help those within Sonoma County. Throughout the training, Nikki asked us these three...

Shadow Day XI


Shadow Day XI by Iris Leal "Shadow Day was so much fun! We got to go to Bio and the class was just like a high school class," says one Roseland Collegiate Preparatory high school student after sitting in on a college Biology lecture. Hopefully this student is taking AP Biology! RCP and SSU students exploring the Makers Space in the Schulz Library Shadow Day at Sonoma State University (SSU) is a day when college Freshmen students in University 150B host Roseland...

Why Students Should Get Involved with the City of Santa Rosa


Why Students Should Get Involved with the City of Santa Rosa by Liliana Sanchez When I was an SSU student, I was in a few courses that utilized a service-learning community experience. Service-learning is a pedagogy that various teachers at Sonoma State are using to connect their coursework to a hands-on experience with local community partners. I loved the rewarding feeling that I was actually making an impact at these organizations I did my service-learning with. I was also very thankful that I was able to implement what I learned...