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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 to...

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...

Los Cien: State of Latino Education Sonoma County


Los Cien: State of Latino Education Sonoma County by Gustavo Vasquez Although this wasn't my first time attending a Los Cien of Sonoma County event, I left feeling energized and ready to help create positive change in Sonoma County. This month's conference focused on the State of Latino Education in Sonoma County, with a panel made up of distinguished leaders in Sonoma County; Diann Kitamura, the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools, Dr. Frank Chong, the President of Santa Rosa Junior College and Dr. Judy Sakaki, the...

City of Cotati Workshop: A Student's Perspective


City of Cotati Workshop: A Student's Perspective by Maddie Wright I attended a public workshop held by the City of Cotati regarding an open space called Veronda Falletti Ranch directly across from City Hall. The 4 acre area is mostly brush with a few large oak trees. It also contains a worn out farm house, barn, watertower, and a few other small structures. The workshop was held in order to get the opinion of citizens on what the city should do with the space. It started...

Service-Learning Case Study: Education


Service-Learning Case Study: Education by Maddie Wright "[Service-learning] gives students the freedom to explore openly with hands on in a career of interest. For example, I volunteered in several elementary, middle school and also high school. Once I explored all these grades I realized that I liked working with adults. So I concentrated in getting degrees that would be socially inclined and help communities in creative ways." Dr. Elizabeth Galvez-Hard, "Dr. Ellie" is a service-learning professor in the Early Childhood Studies department as...

Roseland Neighborhood Annexation Celebration


Roseland Neighborhood Annexation Celebration by Ashley Simon On November 1st, 2017, the community of Roseland was officially annexed into the City of Santa Rosa. Due to the fires, the celebration was postponed to January 20th, 2018. Staged in the middle of what is scheduled to become Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, The Roseland Neighborhood Celebration featured music, dancing, local food vendors, games, and a number of organizations eager to share what services they have to support the newly incorporated neighborhood and smaller county islands....

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Service & Internship Fair X


Service & Internship Fair X by Eloy Delgado The Center for Community Engagement along with more than a dozen community partners held the Post Fire Service & Internship Fair. A similar event occurred at the beginning of the semester but a host of issues facing the area exacerbated as a result of the fires. Sonoma County will face long-term economic and housing repercussions so local nonprofits and organizations need volunteers and interns now more than ever. As a community we must assess what needs...

Book Buddies IV


Book Buddies IV by Eloy Delgado Book Buddies turned out as one of the most enjoyable events I attended while interning with the CCE. I particularly liked witnessing the interactions between elementary school children and SSU students. I noticed a sense of wonder in the eyes of kids and recognize the long-term benefits stepping foot in an institution of higher education will have for them. Service-learners give to the community and link their service to academic study. Check out pictures and reflection...

Welcome Back, Vic!


Welcome Back, Vic! by Merith Weisman I'm so excited to welcome Vic Liptak back to the CCE! Vic Liptak joined Academic Affairs in the role of Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator. This one-year position will also support the CCE with some much needed web writing. Vic, a long time supporter of the CCE, was involved in our planning efforts last year and is a regular at Just Coffee. Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator, Vic Liptak. "I'm honored to be part of the Sonoma State...

How Civic Engagement Impacts Health: Latino Health Forum 25th Anniversary


How Civic Engagement Impacts Health: Latino Health Forum 25th Anniversary by Eloy Delgado During senior seminar, I learned about incorporating personal fulfillment, success, and service into an all-encompassing life project. As an intern blogger for the CCE, I have been able to learn how service applies. For example, recently I attended the Latino Health Forum's celebration of its 25th anniversary. The focus of the conference centered around the topic of "the health and unity of our community." As a Communications major, public health and health access are not fields...

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Mentor Me: Changing Lives!


Mentor Me: Changing Lives! Jesus Rocha Mentor Me is a nonprofit organization that recognizes students who are struggling with academic success and challenges in their social life. Those challenges may include mental and behavioral health issues and challenges from family members such as unemployment, incarceration, and drug use. A way that Mentor Me assists these at-risk students is matching them with an adult mentor in order to achieve the kid's absolute best in school and in life. I learned about the VISTA position...

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Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII by Eloy Delgado Introductions Faculty and staff from SSU and other universities attended the service-learning workshop to learn the latest on resources, research and techniques on this pedagogy and how to incorporate it into curricula. I have not taken a service-learning course but by attending this workshop, and Book Buddies, I witnessed the planning and the execution process of such a class. Personally one of the most interesting revelations involved discovering that English classes use composition as part of...

The Life of an iPhone


The Life of an iPhone by Claudia Sisomphou This is second in a three part series. See Part 1: The Life of Lettuce. The influence and reputation of the Apple empire is undeniable, and the demand for their most famous product, the iPhone, increases with every updated model. While iPhones continue to be mass produced and purchased hot off the press, as consumers what do we really know about these devices besides the convenience they bring to our lives? What about the vast amount...

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CCE's 10 Year Anniversary Party


CCE's 10 Year Anniversary Party by Eloy Delgado Boo! On the scariest day of the year the CCE reached a great milestone and threw a huge celebration for it's 10 year anniversary. The CCE took over a large part of the bottom floor of the library where attendents enjoyed delicious treats and fun activities. As an intern blogger participating during this semester seemed like perfect timing. I learned about the different facets of community engagement and strengthened my commitment to service at a time...