Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

What is Service-Learning?
Service-learning is a way of teaching and learning that links course content to "real-life" experiences that center on a community need or issue. Through reflection activities students are given the opportunity to understand what was learned and experienced, and how the community was benefited.

Service-learning is a direct expression of the CI mission and a critical component of the curriculum. Service-learning courses equip students with the knowledge and experience necessary to transform them into future leaders and socially-conscious citizens.

What is a Community Partner?
A community partner is a co-educator who works directly with faculty to provide high quality service- learning projects for groups of students on a semester basis. This entails providing training, orientation, guided reflection and supervision for students who serve from 5-90 hours per semester, or more.

Community partners are integral to the success of our service-learning students. Community partners serve as co-educators who facilitate onsite learning and reflection for CI students, resulting in an integrative teaching approach that provides a foundation for student learning. 

 Is Your Organization Interested n Becoming a Community Partner?
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) serves to create, maintain and sustain partnerships with our local and regional community.  We look forward to partnering with you to enhance the learning experience of CI students. To initiate a partnership with the CCE, the following criteria are required:

  • Site must maintain a current non-profit 501c(3) status, be a government agency or school district
  • Provide a certificate of general liability insurance
  • Provide workers compensation coverage for students
  • Have a physical location or main office
  • Provide on-site student supervision
  • Attend a new community partner orientation

Sites should not provide opportunities that have students:

  • driving as part of service responsibilities
  • attempting to influence legislation
  • prophesying or promoting a particular religious doctrine or political candidate
  • organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes
  • assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing
  • participating in activities that pose a significant safety risk to participants
  • any paid service activities

Please note that once you meet the criteria, we will conduct a site visit to ensure the safety of our students. 

To learn more about our program and help you decide please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Schedule a Community Partner Consultation
On-site consultations introduce potential community partners to our service-learning program. Our Community Partner Coordinator will negotiate a service-learning agreement that will address issues related to service learning policies and risk management/insurance, conduct a site assessment to discuss the nature and logistics of student placement, tour the site to ensure that the environment is safe for our students, and prepare community partner profiles to assist with informing students of screening requirements such as, LIVESCAN and/or TB testing. In addition, the Community Partner Coordinator can set up meetings between faculty and community partners to connect about service projects, and maintain ongoing communication throughout the semester.To set-up a consultation appointment, please contact, our Community Partner Coordinator, at 805.437.3191.

Community Partner Resources

Community Partner Database
If you are an existing community partner and need to make changes to your profile, you may do so in the COMMUNITY PARTNER DATABASE.

Service-Learning Project Request Form
Are you a community partner with a specific idea for a service-learning project? Please complete the SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT REQUEST FORM. Our Community Partner Coordinator, will follow-up with you to discuss potential faculty and course(s) partnerships.

Community Partner Service-Learning Guidebook
 (PDF, 299KB) is designed to be a resource tool for community partners involved with service learning faculty/courses.The resource guide provides you with guidance on your role as a co-educator, designing a service-learning project, preparing students to serve at your organization, and facilitating student reflection activities.

The Art of Reflection
REFLECTION is integral to service-learning because it connects and reinforces in-class work, course readings, and service-learning experiences. It provides an opportunity for students to think critically about service experiences, examine and challenge personal values, beliefs, and opinions, while allowing students to ask questions, share ideas and experiences, challenge current solutions to community issues and develop plans to address community needs.  

Additional reflection resources: