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CCE Blog

Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee!


Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee! by Ashley Simon The Center for Community Engagement and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created Just Coffee as a way to meet the community and create lasting and meaningful partnerships. The casual and intimate nature of the coffee shop as well as the convenient location provides an environment that is conducive to sharing stories, exchanging ideas and getting to know people in the community. [Related: What is Just Coffee?] Just Coffee's just had it's first birthday. It has...

Elaine Sundberg is Retiring


Elaine Sundberg is Retiring by Merith Weisman, here with Elaine Sundberg In just three short weeks, Elaine Sundberg will retire from Sonoma State University. She has been a force here for 29 years, but it is the last ten or so, particularly her work with the CCE, that I am writing about today. In 2007, I was living in RI and visiting a friend in Palm Springs. I received a message asking that I re-fax my application to open and coordinate the SSU...

Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: Positive Images by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth are more likely to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, rejected by their parents, homeless, targets of bullying, have higher rates...

Exploring Publication of Service-Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship


Exploring Publication of Service-Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship by Cera Murata We were honored to host Jeffrey Howard, editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, to provide the Getting Service-Learning Research and Community-Engaged Scholarship Published faculty workshop. Workshop participants completed an exercise in which they played the role of reviewers determining if a sample article was appropriate for publication in the Michigan Journal. They used and applied Glassick et al.'s Six Scholarship Assessment Criteria, which examines whether a scholarly paper has a clear goal, adequate...

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Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop


Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop by Merith Weisman Happy Summer! Summer at SSU is a time for reflection and planning for the next academic year. It's a slower time here, while in the community, work continues at its regular high speed. As a result, it's a time when I find I am least successful in addressing community requests. Community partners contact me all the time with requests for collaboration. While the CCE is able to address some of these requests directly, generally, we serve...

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Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move!


Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move! by Merith Weisman Big changes are afoot with several programs the CCE currently runs and I want you to be first to know. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) Nonprofit Resource Center is taking the leadership role of the: Sonoma County Community Events listing Greater Bay Area Nonprofit and Governmental Job listing Sonoma County Nonprofit & Governmental Social Media Professionals group Here's how you can expect these changes to impact you: 1. Sonoma County Community Events Calendar The...

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I am a Future Maker


I am a Future Maker by Claudia Sisomphou Everyone at the Future Makers Youth Summit of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village had a desire to not only address the problems in society, but to also discuss the solutions. Even amidst talking about the challenges of our generation, I was inspired by everyone's positivity. These were the kind of conversations that I was craving to have with other passionate activists. The participants and presenters were all between the ages of 15 and...

Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015


Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015 by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Earth Day was a great success! Clubs and organizations from the University, and agencies from the local community came together on Wednesday, April 22nd to celebrate the Earth and the campus' sustainability efforts. The groups that helped put on the event were JUMP, Students for Sustainability, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Catholic Charities, the Center for Community Engagement, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, SolarCity, the Sustainability Alternative Spring Break leaders, Campus Rec, and the...

Best Spring Break Ever


Best Spring Break Ever by An Okada What did you do for Spring Break? Did you relax, go to the beach, spend time with family? I spent my spring break collecting garbage, planting trees, gardening, and building relationships with other SSU students who care about sustainability. When I met my supervisor for the first time, she also introduced Sonoma State Alternative Spring Breaks. Sonoma State Alternative Breaks are week-long trips that focus on specific social issues, and students bring what we learn back...

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Book Buddies I


Book Buddies I by Derek Warren "[...T]his service-learning approach has changed the way I see a person reading to their child. Before attending Book Buddies, I thought to myself that we were just going to read to a child, then the child will read, and then make a book. But after the students had left I realized it was more than just reading; it was also possibly life changing." --Martha Mendoza, SSU Psychology 302 service-learner. For the first time, Sonoma State University...

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