What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a way of 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. Below are resources available to students enrolled in a service-learning course. 

View the Service Learning Student Orientation Video

Service-Learning Student Resources

IMPORTANT: Students participating in a service-learning course should know that neither the University nor the site where they are serving assumes any financial responsibility in the event he/she is injured or becomes ill as a result of his/her participation in a service- learning activity at the organization.  

  • CI SERVES is an online database for managing approved service-learning community partners, tracking student placements at organizations and collecting student service-learning forms & evaluations. CI SERVES provides students with access to organizations and agencies who have formally agreed to participate in CI's service-learning program. If you are a student in a service-learning course, please use the CI SERVES database to create your site placement.  
  • A RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM (PDF, 976KB) must be completed and turned into the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), Ojai Hall, 1943, before students begin their service.
  • The STUDENT LEARNING PLAN (PDF, 120KB) is a three-way contract that specifies the student’s responsibilities at their service-learning site and is required for all service-learning students. The faculty member should make this form available to the student at the beginning of the semester. It is the student's responsibility to complete the Service Learning Plan information, including the learning and service objectives, and have the plan signed by the student, faculty member and site supervisor. The Learning Plan needs to be turned in to the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), Ojai Hall, 1943, before students begin their service. Learning Plans will be kept on file in the Center's office for 1 year after the course ends.
  • The STUDENT TIME LOG (MS Excel, 39KB) is an optional tool for students to track their service hours. This tracking sheet can be used by faculty to double check a student's hours and by students to serve as proof of the hours they served at their site.
  • The EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM (PDF, 20KB) is required and completed by students. The Emergency Contact form is to be given by the student to their site supervisor at the organization where they are serving.
  • A SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT (PDF, 185KB) provides a few tips to guide you when you first make contact with the Community Partner site of your choice.
  • VISUAL/AUDIO IMAGE RELEASE FORM (PDF, 39KB)  may need to be completed, depending on the nature of the service-learning project and the community partnership.
  • LIVE SCAN: Some service placement sites may require a Live Scan (i.e., background check). Check first with your site supervisor or contact our offices at 805.437.3191.
  • TB TESTING: Some service placement sites may require you to be TB tested. TB testing is available to CI students for no charge at the Student Health Center, located in Yuba Hall.

Listing of and/or to register for Fall 2016 service-learning courses.

GET INVOLVED:Co-Curricular Resources/Events

  • United Way Ventura County: Interested in continuing to make a positive community impact? Volunteer today using the easy-to-search online network lists provided by United Way of Ventura County. You can either speak with the CCE's Community Engagement Ambassador, Neil Olipani, or visit our United Way Volunteer Kiosk, both are located in Ojai Hall lobby.  You can also access this resource online at United Way Volunteer Opportunities.
  • SEED Grants are available to student clubs or organizations working to "grow" a social action project or program that would create change on campus or in the community. SEED grants are available up to $500. SEED applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted.
  • Peace Corps Information Session: Fall/Spring sessions TBD. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Frances Klingenberger, Peace Corps Ambassador  at frances.klingenberger749@csuci.edu.
  • Service Days are open to the students, staff & faculty. For more information about to get involved in the CCE's service days please contact, Neil Olipani, Community Engagement Ambassador at 805.437.3619.

    • Constitution Day: Friday, September 16, 2016
    • United Way Day of Caring: Saturday, September 17, 2016
    • Veterans Day of Service: Friday, November 4, 2016
    • Hunger and Homelessness Week: November 14-18, 2016
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Friday, February 3, 2017
    • César Chávez Day of Service and Learning: Friday, April 7, 2017