Service-learning is embeded in the CSUCI mission statement and defined as a high-impact teaching and learning strategy in which meaningful service addresses a critical societal and/or social justice issue and is a critical component of course curriculum and assessment of student learning. It is characterized by critical reflection and a collaborative partnership among faculty, students, and community, with a focus on both student learning and community impact.

High Quality Service Learning

High-quality service-learning consists of six essential elements:

  • Reciprocal Partnership(s)
  • Student Community Involvement Benefits the Common Good
  • Academically Relevant Community Involvement
  • Civic Learning Goals
  • Critical Reflection
  • Assessment of Learning

Adopted from the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Center for Community Engagement's definition of Community Engaged Learning.

Each year over 1800 CSUCI students enroll in a service-learning course providing on average over 40,000 hours of service to the community. Their service addresses critical societal and/or social justice issues  while learning how communities develop solutions and create change. These service-learning experiences and contributions are invaluable to our students’ academic and civic education.

To learn more about the Center for Community Engagement's service-learning program, please contact Pilar Pacheco, Director at or Jules Balén, Faculty Director at

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