Community Engagement Symposium Abstracts


1. Finding Funding for Young Scholars

Presenter: Luis Mendez

Faculty Mentor: Brenda Riddick, Political Science

Video Presentation

Using Political Science to help the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, a non-profit that offers programs that help children develop skills in Math and English. These programs play a vital role in the young scholars’ life. The Political Science students were in charge of finding funds to keep these programs running.

2. Holy Trinity Compensation Research Report

Presenters: Efrain Carlin, Joseph Luevanos, David Romberg

Faculty Mentor: Thomas Norman, Marketing/Management

This consulting report has been prepared by California State University, Dominguez Hills students to analyze employee compensation and benefits raised at Holy Trinity School. Located in San Pedro, California, Holy Trinity School provides educational services. Its objective is to describe the current compensation of employees, and indicate possible issues to address related to salary and benefits. In addition, local educational institutions will be measured against Holly Trinity’s compensation package such as Los Angeles Unified School District, Torrance Unified School District, and Long Beach Unified School District. Our analysis will suggest implementation of the compensation package described may assist with employee recruiting and retention. The compensation package describes possible measures for adequate hiring and retaining qualified employees in a competitive labor market.

3. CSUDH Mock Interviews at SoCal ROC

Presenter: Katrina Rhodes, Staff and Alumnus
College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Faculty Mentor: Thomas Norman, Marketing/Management

This presentation describes a 5-year service learning partnership that teaches Dominquez Hills (DH) students how to conduct a structured interview with behaviorally-based questions by providing a group of job seekers at a local occupational training center with multiple practice interviews.

4. Small Community Agricultural Living Quarters

Presenters: Brittney Ford, Lauren Godoy

Faculty Mentors: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/ Management
Ellie Zenhari, Digital Design

Agricultural communities of four that will allow for home owners and renters to grow and manage their own gardens organically and by using repurposed product i.e. coffee grounds with the possible investor Back to the Roots. These gardens will grow different produce combinations per unit, and encourage trade between dwellings for edible goods or personally designed products they may have contrived with use of their personal in home 3D printer. The object of this project is to promote self-sustainability throughout our nation and possibly internationally. These truck container homes are intended to be powered entirely from naturally derived energy sources e.g. kinetic energy from rivers (miniature attenuators), Solar panels, and one wind mill per community. By bringing together social entrepreneur investors, we will be able to create a completely self-sustained living quarter with a sole foundation of natural repurposed goods. Each dwelling will utilize four truck containers all of which will encompass a digitally tempered greenhouse in the center. The shipping containers have the ability to be stacked to create multiple story homes with stairs or possibly an “Eco-vator”. The project is to be written in the form of a business plan as well as a research project intending to attract sponsors, grants and investors alike. All materials used in this project are to be of or associated with predisposed excess repurposed materials or ecofriendly sustenance.

5. Upward Bound Math & Science

Presenters: Tiffany Samuel, Amel Khan, Janel Stephenson, Lydia Fernandez, Max Rosas

TRIO is a national grant initiative with eight programs spanning from middle school through doctoral level coursework. Upward Bound Math Science (UZBMS) has the specific goal of helping low income, first generation college bound students recognize and develop their potential to excel in Math and science and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields. Project participants are aspiring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals.

6. The Art Museum as Muse: Towards an Arts-Integrated Composition Pedagogy

Presenters: David Sherman (Associate Professor); Rhea Lewitzky (Lecturer)
Dept. of English, CSU Dominguez Hills Faculty

This poster will argue for more inter-disciplinary collaboration between University Writing programs and local visual arts museums. David Sherman (Associate Professor of English) and Rhea Lewitzky (Lecturer) will present a poster that showcases examples of collaboration between writing classes and two LA public art sites: the Museum of Latin-American Art (MOLAA) and the Dominguez Hills campus art gallery. Typical University Basic Writing curricula rely mainly on skill and drill teaching (Rose). This de-contextualized approach ignores much of what we now know about learning and cognition. Based on theories of multimodal learning and drawing from current art education scholarship that examines the cognitive aspects of art and visual literacy (Efland), we have designed and piloted an arts-integrated writing curriculum that promotes: 1) art-making as a mode of analytical inquiry and part of the writing process and 2) writing as a practice in art-making. Assignments are designed to enhance the critical and creative thinking of students by looking to contemporary appropriation art-practices as a site for bridging affect and intellect. One possible challenge that students may face during these assignments is not having the language or disciplinary tools needed to understand and talk about non-verbal/visual expression; therefore, providing students with the proper background material (such as language used to describe art) is imperative. In addition, students may be reluctant to create their own multimodal compositions in a forum where they are concerned that their work may be criticized. Finally, at the institutional level, museum education departments familiar with interacting with the general public may be unaware of the pedagogical needs of a writing class.

Strong corroborating data and samples of art and writing produced by Dominguez Hills students will be shared.

7. H2O4All_A Slam Dunk!

Presenter: Moriba de Freitas

Faculty Mentor: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/ Management

The goal of this project is to understand the history and importance of World Water Day, and of the critical role that marketing plays in solving societal problems. Moriba examines the work of two organizations—the UNICEF and a creative advertising agency Droga, working together towards ZERO, a world in which no child goes thirsty and no child dies from water-related illness. Specifically, he is designing and creating a CSUDH athletics department event to raise awareness of water scarcity and funds for UNICEF using the ubiquitous cell phone and Droga’s 2014 Tap campaign.

Raised in Trinidad, Moriba recollects water scarcity growing up. This project has given him the opportunity to research a few of the organizations that are making a difference, and to understand how marketing organizations don’t just “sell stuff,” they are change agents. By translating one campaign to the ground level at CSUDH, he will add a drop to the bucket, in fact provide many days of water to children without water, all without anyone in DH athletics opening their checkbooks or wallets or taking shorter showers!

8. Martha’s Salon: My Mother’s Life Made Richer from My Marketing
Methods: A Community Engagement Project

Presenter: Cesar Dominguez

Faculty Mentor: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/ Management

Using curriculum from the classroom gave new life to a small business’ advertising program through social media and internet sites increasing revenue within the first month. “Before I conducted my in deep research for the Service Learning Project, I had no idea of the changes I could do to improve my mom’s salon. After a week’s worth of analyzing and research, my mind began putting everything I had learned throughout my semester into great use. Not only was I able to increase my mom’s customer volume, I was also able to convince her to shift her target audience towards women. Although she was skeptical at first thinking that it might not work to her benefit. In about a month’s time she began to notice a change in her inventory, becoming out of stock much quicker than usual. These changes are due to the fact that the Yelp account and Facebook account are both helping to contribute to these changes. Having made it possible to increase my mom’s revenue in a month’s time, I’m sure that I can find other ways of increase revenue in the long run by implementing more ideas.

My mind is full of ideas and this class has opened up my passion for marketing to a new level. My greatest goal would be to brand her salon and making it into a franchise leading up to more salons becoming available throughout Los Angeles and beyond. Like I’ve said before in my other papers, I can’t thank you enough for giving us project such as this one that have help me develop my marketing skills to a new level. This project was worked on by me only, so I hope you like my full effort I put into the project with its intent to wow.”

9. Carson Animal Shelter: Our Bark is Worse Than Our Bite

Presenter: Salima Babakhyi

Faculty Mentor: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/ Management

This project takes the student out of the classroom and into the field helping the animal shelter reposition itself by enhancing communication and services. This experience also helped the student presenter gain confidence in presenting her work with the community organization and colleagues at the university.

10. Be Still My Restless Hands: Capturing Class Time in Clever Ways
Community Engagement Project: Connecting Carson, CSUDH, California, and China

Presenters: Tahlia Grond, Jacqueline Gutierrez, Joseph Leoni

Faculty Mentor: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/ Management

This student trio is working on raising awareness of water shortages and using class time, as class ambassadors to raise the collective consciousness of the CSUDH community on the magnitude of the problem locally and worldwide. Classes will have an opportunity to contribute to a solution through an innovative “Be Still My Restless Hands and Beating Heart” campaign.

This team will bring their varied background and skills within the context of Professor Celly’s Marketing Class to bear on a significant global issue. They are developing and implementing a program to increase calm, consciousness, and contributions of CSUDH community members within classes on campus. Lead Tahlia has traveled around the world and developed a sense of the importance of seemingly remote issues on our everyday lives.

11. Chemistry Engagement Serviced at Local Community to Help Promote Awareness of STEM Discipline.

Presenters: Bryan Morales, Lesly Portillo, Jeanny Tao, Theodore Camacho, David Gallardo, Jazmin Moreno

Faculty Mentor: Kenneth Rodriguez, Chemistry and Biochemistry

This project focused on promoting awareness for STEM disciplines at the CSUDH local community by engaging non-science CSUDH students the opportunity to share their knowledge of chemistry by presenting chemistry demonstrations. Students from the general education CHE102 chemistry course were selected to present at “Day at Dominguez” last fall semester in October 2013 and at the ASI Child Development Center this spring semester in March 2014 at CSUDH. They were given a class project where 4 groups with 4-5 students per group had to propose 4-5 demonstrations and present one of those demonstrations in front of their fellow peers in class. Students were then asked to participate in this chemistry engagement service at two places to showcase their demonstrations, knowledge, and share their personal experience about the importance of chemistry, a STEM discipline, at their local community of CSUDH.

12. Analysis of encroachment of urbanization into wild territories as determined by records of injured animals from Wildcare Animal Hospital. San Rafael, California

Presenter: Mindee Justesen

Faculty Mentor: Raulph Saunders, Natural Science and Mathematics/Geography

In Marin County is a wild animal hospital called Wildcare. Their goal is to care for injured wild animals and release them back into the wild where injured animal(s) were found. Wildcare records data for each animal including how the animal was injured, what kind of injury the animal endured and where the animal was returned. Professor Ralph Saunders, Department of Earth Science is collaborating with a group of students on a research project that includes mapping out the locations of returned animals in order to find out what trends or impacts does growing suburban neighborhoods have as they encroach upon the borders of wild lands. His project includes other aspects of research and development not mentioned here that other students are assigned to. As California is predicted to experience an ongoing trend of drought, wild animals in Marin county and surrounding region will need to find new ways to adapt. Will the data give us insight on the impact that drought will have on wild animals in this region?

Using GIS mapping software, several map layers of easy to interpret, symbolic data will help the audience recognize trends identified as a result of property development and as a result of an increase in drought within the region analyzed. The take away conclusion that the audience should be able to receive is that as development and drought impacts wildlife in the researched portion of Northern California, there is an opportunity for humans to intercede and to help protect and preserve existing natural areas where animals live and reproduce.

13. Bringing Developmental Writing Pedagogy in Community Advocacy

Presenters: Stephanie Beltran, Estephanie Garcia

Faculty Mentor: Christopher Potts, English

This is the story of a group of developmental writers who thought that—by sharing the perceived “failures” of their first semester in college in pen-pal letters—they were mentoring at-risk students from a local high school. They hoped they might change their mentee’s minds, convince them to work harder, challenge themselves, and take and apply constructive criticism because their own failures to do so had already cost them in college. They believed they were serving their community by making themselves vulnerable, by laying themselves across the gap between high school and college so others may cross with less trepidation. And they were right to think so.

More importantly, the story illustrates a group of developmental college writers who grew as people and mentors through a pen-pal mentoring program ostensibly designed to support local at-risk high school students. More broadly, the presentation means to demonstrate the merits of situating developmental writing pedagogy in community advocacy.

14. CSUDH Pow Wow 2014, Part I: Organizing a Pow Wow

Presenters: ANT 330 Students: Felicia Aguirre, Gabriel Anderson, Tracy Brack, Naomi-Ann Briseño, Claudio Carini, Tylon Coleman, Leslie Estrada,
Amber Flores, Alan Fries,
Fredrich Gallevo, Sara Gomez, Evelyn Hildebrand, Robert Husted, Jerry Isichei,
Kellie Jackson, Anggy Joch, Yerida Lemus, Andrew Marinez, Odeth Martinez,
Francesca Mendoza, Heather Oestreich, Carolina Reynoso, Manuel Velazquez,
Luis Villanueva, Christine Ward, Kate Wilson

Faculty Mentor: Janine Gasco, Anthropology

This poster, the first of a linked set of two posters, will include contributions by each of the committees that describe what they learned about organizing a Pow Wow and the specific activities they conducted as well as commentary about challenges and problem solving. In addition to assisting Pow Wow organizers, an additional contribution of the class is that each committee will write a narrative, to be placed in a Pow Wow Organizers Guidebook that can be used in the future. This activity also will be discussed in the poster.

15. CSUDH Pow Wow 2014, Part II: The Cultural Significance of the Pow Wow for Native Peoples of North America

Presenters: ANT 330 Students: Felicia Aguirre, Gabriel Anderson, Tracy Brack, Naomi-Ann Briseño, Claudio Carini, Tylon Coleman, Leslie Estrada,
Amber Flores, Alan Fries,
Fredrich Gallevo, Sara Gomez, Evelyn Hildebrand, Robert Husted, Jerry Isichei,
Kellie Jackson, Anggy Joch, Yerida Lemus, Andrew Marinez, Odeth Martinez,
Francesca Mendoza, Heather Oestreich, Carolina Reynoso, Manuel Velazquez,
Luis Villanueva, Christine Ward, Kate Wilson

Faculty Mentor: Janine Gasco, Anthropology

This poster, the second of a linked set of two posters, includes reflections by students on all committees about what they learned about the cultural significance of the Pow Wow to native peoples, largely through their interactions with participants in the Pow Wow. Students have also read academic articles that discuss this issue, so they will have two quite distinct perspectives they can compare and contrast.

16. Ethnographic Field Methods in the Cambodian Community

Presenters: ANT 375 Students: Ashley Aguilar; Tracy Brack; Patrick Chung; Esther Espinosa; Stephanie Gonzalez; Miguel Guijarro; Matthew Lien; Andrew Marinez; Francesca Mendoza; Jose Morales; Steve Rosales; Brenna Smith; Morrel St Amant; Kendra Sudalnik; Maria Vallejo Rico

Faculty Mentor: Susan Needham, Anthropology

The service learning and community engagement project for ANT 375 Ethnographic Field Methods is the production of the Cambodia Town Culture Festival. This is an open air, one-day festival showcasing various aspects of Cambodian traditional culture including classical dance and music, painting, religious practices, textiles, dress-making, Cambodian language and calligraphy, weddings, martial arts, and cooking. Festival production involves CSUDH students in documenting, interpreting, and presenting the history and culture of local Cambodian culture bearers/traditional artists.

The Festival is a service learning/community engagement project, designed not only to give students an opportunity to work on a multicultural project, but also to educate the public about Cambodian American culture in southern California. The project takes students beyond the traditional limits of a college course, involving them with people in a local community. Through participation in the festival, students not only learn how to document cultural practices but also how to organize and produce a public arts festival – an experience they can put on their resumes.

17. Jumpstart Father Goose Movement

Presenters: Miami Gelvezon, Valencia Simpson, David Martinez, Andrea Huerta, Alexandra Atallah

Faculty Mentor: Cheryl McKnight, SLICE

The purpose of Jumpstart’s Father Goose movement is to extend the mission of Jumpstart at home by encouraging parents specifically fathers/father figures to spend quality time with their children to enhance their children’s learning and social experiences. Research shows that involved fathers is positively associated to children’s social emotional, cognitive, and moral development. At this event, Fathers or father figures including uncles, older brothers, and grandparents read with children and engage in activities that support themes from the books they read. Fathers (father figures) participate in a Jumpstart session where they take the responsibilities of corps members for an entire school day with the support and assistance of the Jumpstart team. As a thank you to all the parents who participated, we delivered hand written cards, simple tips to engage in quality interactions, and a framed photo of them and their child reading together.

18. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Presenter: Lydia Ramirez

Faculty Mentor:

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), is a program created with the intention of helping first generation college students not only succeed in high school but continue through higher education. It is a program that challenges students, and with AVID's help watches them rise to the challenge.

19. Teach One Reach One Network (TORO Network)

Presenters: Daniela Choto, Jessica Lara, Ben Aguilar, Keith Vaquis, Rosa Murillo

Faculty Mentor: Title V Encounter to Excellence

TORO Network is a student run organization whose mission is to help orient college students. We are a mentorship program where students learn to network and build connections in order to succeed in their future. We also help students become more involved in our community through community service and volunteer work. This year we have done and are currently doing a drive for our community, we call it “Hygiene for the Homeless”. Our goal is to give back to our community by gathering supplies. We look for small travel sized hygiene products (Mini shampoo bottles, soap bars, razors, tooth brushes, etc.) and collect them in order to give them to the homeless. In the future we also plan on having a drive for kids where we will gather coloring books, crayons, etc., and will take them down to St. Jude's and spend time with the children there.

20. Recycling on Campus - Where are the Recycling Bins?

Presenter: Keri Winser

Faculty Mentor: Judy King, Earth Sciences

For fall semester 2013, GEO 357 Urban Environmental Geography did a Service Learning Project focused on the recycling on campus. Students broke into different groups: Research, Awareness, and the Traffic group. The Research group talked with Jose Robledo the Recycling Coordinator, compared our recycling program with other sister schools, and found prices for recycling bins we proposed to add on campus. The awareness group created a survey for students to see how they felt about the recycling on campus: where there enough recycling bins and how actively would they recycle? The Awareness group also created and presented an educational poster informing students what could and could not be recycling on two days they had a booth on the East walk way. The Traffic group broke down into groups of two. These people chose prime locations on campus and certain times and were to count with clickers how many people walked past that location. They allotted the parking lots and each pair was to survey the recycling bins: say how full they were, what the ratio was between trash and recycling in the bin, the condition of the bin, and if it was near a trash can or not. We put all our information into an excel sheet and posted things on a Discussion Board on BlackBoard. With that information a student used GIS to make a map of our data using ArcMap. Our hopes were to find areas where people walked the most so we could put recycling bins in these areas. We also wanted to see how efficient our students were recycling by looking at the ratio of trash and recyclables and we found that people still put trash in recycling bins even when there was a trash can right next to it. But the surveys concluded that students do feel there are not enough recycling bins on campus. Jose Robledo was happy to receive the data that the students of GEO 357 were able to provide for him. Our project has impacted our campus community because Physical Plant is able to use the GIS map that was created to plan out where they want to put new recycling bins or where they want to convert trash cans into recycling bins. We also gave our school a general idea of the recycling status of our campus and how it can be improved.

The impact this project has had on me has been very positive. It was great seeing how much people, like Jose Robledo, appreciated the maps that I did. It was hard work that was well rewarded through positive feedback. It did not feel like just a class project, but instead it was meaningful, and I felt like I was doing something important. When I was surveying the bins, I felt like someone out in the field collecting data that may have been something someone else may not have wanted to do but still important. When I made the map, I felt like a GIS technician and was doing an actual job for a purpose rather than just a class exercise. It was a good real world experience.

21. NSM Building Energy Audit

Presenter: Mindee Justesen

Faculty Mentors: Judy King, Earth Sciences
Kenneth Seeton, Central Plant

In collaboration with Physical Plant, Earth Science students conduct an energy audit on campus buildings, analyze the data, and make recommendation for more sustainable practices.

22. Composting in Food Services on Campus

Presenter: Gabriel Jones

Faculty Mentor: Judy King, Earth Sciences

Students examine practical ways to compost waste products from campus food services.

23. Compton Creek Restoration Project

Presenter: Maria Quevedo

Faculty Mentor: John Thomlinson, Biology

The purpose of the Compton Creek Restoration Project is to collect sustainable data that will promote the revitalization of the creek to its native state. A small area of the creek right behind the casino will be sampled and planted with native species plants. The soil will be analyzed for pH, texture and consistency this will help determine the type of plants that will be successful. Samples of water will be taken for pH, turbidity, flow and conductivity will be recorded. A survey of plant species of the creek will help determine which species of native plants will thrive in the area. Lastly, a bird survey of the creek will be taken. All the data will help give an understanding of the ecosystem of Compton Creek, and the restoration will show the possible improvements in the ecosystem with a complete restoration of the creek.

24. Understanding Leadership: A Woman Trucker Unites Her Co-Workers

Presenter: Jocelyn Sosa

Faculty Mentor: Vivian Price, Interdisciplinary Studies

A student and faculty team worked with labor and community organizers to produce a video based on an interview with Beatriz Nava, an organizer of port truck drivers.

25. Who does the work?

Presenters: Mayra Aguilar, Marcus Scott, Kelly McBride, Alejandro Villamil, Alberto Aguilar, Jocelyn Sosa

Faculty Mentor: Ellie Zenhari

Impacts of the Port of LA Faculty and students in a photography class collaborated with Labor Studies to do research of the way the Port impacts people working for the Port or living in the surrounding community.

26. Learning from Community Leaders

Presenters: Holly Ayala-Mousa, Robert DeWitz, Silvia Delgadillo, Yina Ely, Cristen Gonzalez, Matt Hart, Gregory Lewis, Robert Martin, Rosemarie Molina, Shantal Orea, Cheryl Rowe, Brynne Sharafi, Jocelyn Sosa, Emiliano Uranga, Bridgette Young, Joshua Zuniga

Faculty Mentor: Vivian Price, Interdisciplinary Studies

Students in the Labor Studies Practicum use their service learning placements with labor and social justice organizations to learn organizing skills and put them to use in the Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair.

27. ToroZone: Coming Into the Limelight

Presenter: Nicole Leonard

Faculty Mentor: Kirti Sawhney Celly, Marketing/Management

The goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of the services offered on the California State University, Dominguez Hills’ campus to enhance the quality of community facilities and programs and student services. In particular, this project will analyze ToroZone, a campus facility that seeks to provide a location for students to unwind in a fun and inviting atmosphere. This service is funded by Associated Students Inc (ASI). ASI receives their finances from additional fees included in student tuition. To verify that students’ dollars are being used to their full potential, it is important to observe campus services to review their productivity and contribution to the community.

Much of the baseline field work for this project was completed in Fall 2012 in an online section of ProfC’s Principles of Marketing Class. Given the opportunity to share her work with a broader campus community, Nicole and her mentor have revisited the field work, and met with the Assistant Director of LSU. Together they identified key ways in which the ToroZone project can be built to improve the functioning of the game room, and Nicole is now working on those additional aspects. The hope is that LSU managers and staff, and DH students benefit from the insight and creative suggestions for communications, events, and pricing. A snowballing effect of this refresh and renew effort is that Nicole will get a chance to work in a team with the LSU student staff over the next two months to study, recommend and hopefully implement suggestions to bring ToroZone into the limelight. Way to go Toros! “I learned research, teamwork, understanding of campus services and community (“of which I had no clue since until this project I just came to campus for classes and left afterwards”), improved presentation skills, critical analysis, enhanced involvement in community”

28. Trial by Fire: Reflections on Course-Embedded Service Learning Projects

Kirti Sawhney Celly, CSUDH Faculty

I will take the opportunity of this inaugural symposium to reflect on a long-term commitment to my role as an educator--a social change agent. Marketing, often associated with creating a culture of unnecessary want and waste, is also a tool for social change. Social marketing, the use of marketing tools and techniques to promote societal benefits, and course-emdedded service learning opportunities encourage students to create value by engaging with the communities they live and work in.

29. The Complexity of a Bus Stop Request: It's not in my Domain!

Presenters: Jessica Calderon, Cesar Galvan, Jose Perez, Dalen Seng, Javier Velasquez, and Demetrius Van

Faculty Mentor: Brenda Riddick, Political Science

Video Presentation

Access is critical for demonstrating value and the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum needs to develop a plan to secure public transportation between the Metro Transit Association (MTA) Bus lines in Long Beach and Compton. The lack of public transportation creates a barrier for access to a historic landmark that brings so much relevance to the institution of California State University, Dominguez Hills, surrounding business, and communities bordering the museum. The museum is situated between the two city transit corridors and there is not a bus stop along this route on Alameda Street. There are missed opportunities for potential visitors to come to the museum, due to a lack of available transportation or bus a designated bus stop near the site. Barriers to access also create barriers for funding to maintain the museum value and benefit to the area. This service learning civic engagement project will address the initial inquiry into the development of a transportation plan that bring a public and political focus to processes and procedures of requesting a bus stop near the museum.

30. Oops – Are We There Yet? You Better Ask Somebody

Presenters: Ariana Alvarez, Alex Guerrero, Dulce Ramirez, Janette Solano, and Brianna Taylor

Faculty Mentor: Brenda Riddick, Political Science

Video Presentation

Directional positioning and accuracy are important elements in a technology driven environment. The same holds true whether you have the technology of a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit or if you are simply applying the old paper and pencil technique for charting directions to get from Point A to say Point B. You will require accurate geographic coordinates to determine the correct route to take to travel to your destination. Currently, the museum is not mapped correctly and thus visitors usually end up in a place far different than the actual museum site leaving them frustrated upon their arrival or they give up altogether which means they miss the opportunity to visit the museum. The goal of this service learning project is to define the correct geographic coordinates and submit their findings to mapping search engines like Google maps and MapQuest for the necessary technological modifications.

31. Who Are We and Who Do We Want to Be?

Presenter: Connor Archambault

Faculty Mentor: Brenda Riddick, Political Science

PowerPoint Presentation

Brand recognition is important and vital to a non-profit organization that relies on external funding streams like donations, local, state, federal and foundation grants to maintain a healthy financial status. The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is a historic landmark situation on the outskirts of the City of Compton to the north, surrounded by Long Beach to the southeast and Carson to the southwest, Ironically, none of these cities will take the lead in providing a consistent funding stream for the museum and consequently little is known about this beautiful and historically rich institution or its contributions to the business and economic development of these same cities. Currently, word of mouth has not been as effective as it could be and many do not know of the museum’s existence. Consequently, the museum sought to embark on a rebranding initiative to bring greater awareness of its place in and around the City of Compton in an effort to bring more visitors and potential donors to the museum. This service learning civic engagement project will develop an initial plan to move the museum forward into the 21st century with a branding campaign to increase presence and awareness.

32. Community Connection Camps

Presenters: Esmeralda Fuentes, Jacquelyn Leeder, Luis Mendez, Edwin Pacheco, Nancy Santos, and Nick Wassif

Faculty Mentor: Brenda Riddick, Political Science

Video Presentation

During the summer of 2013, a small number of students had the opportunity to attend an educational enrichment camp through as a pilot project at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. The camp provides a historical foundation of the museum while integrating math and writing strategies in to the learning process. The museum staff would like to expand the camp and offer it to schools throughout the academic calendar. This service learning civic engagement project will research government, private foundations and corporate grant funding and foundation for the expansion of Community Connection Camps supporting children in K-12.

33. Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly Restoration and Release, a Service Learning Project Pairing of CSUDH Earth Sciences and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Presenters: Kelly Dawdy, Jenny Greer, et. al.

Faculty Mentor: Judy King

Restoring a weed-ridden hillside plot for re-introduction of the endangered Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.

34. Toro Athletics Community Service

Mentor: Meghan McGarry

The Toro Athletic Community Service Program serves our surrounding communities throughout the year volunteering to work with at-risk youth, distributing Thanksgiving Turkeys in Carson, reading to youth at the Carson Boys and Girls Club, visiting children, distributing holiday gifts at Harbor/UCLA Hospital, and distributing food to the homeless through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

35. Visual Articulations and Explorations of Engaged Community Research.

Faculty Mentors: Susan Needham, Karen Quintiliani (Anthropology, CSU Long Beach)

Anthropology, like most disciplines, privileges written text over other forms of representation. Yet the people we study and work with often represent themselves and their cultural knowledge through visual and aural/oral mediums. We explore how visual and textual forms of representation grew out of our engaged research with the Cambodian community in Long Beach, California since 1988. This poster traces the development of the Cambodian Community History and Archive Project (CamCHAP), a multilingual (English/Khmer), multimedia web-based ethnography that tells how Cambodian refugees have shaped the social, cultural, economic and political landscape of Long Beach.

36. Local and Global Community Based Research and Teaching in an Anthropology Curriculum

Faculty Mentors: Janine Gasco; Jerry Moore; Susan Needham; Ana Pitchon

The Anthropology faculty at CSU-DH are actively engaged in carrying out and introducing students to community-based research in both local and global settings. We have developed courses that are taught in local and international locations, and we have designed community-based research and service learning opportunities for our students in local and international settings. In this poster we illustrate how our courses and research provide our students with opportunities to learn and apply research skills to issues affecting a variety of communities in Southern California, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Cambodia.

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