The CSUDH Center for Service-Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE) is committed to facilitating and fostering quality experiential learning opportunities for students. We support the development of symbiotic relationships among campus, local communities in the Greater Los Angeles/South Bay areas, and global neighbors of the world community. SLICE advocates campus contributions of knowledge and skill which promote the quality of life in these communities. We support high impact practices for student success including experiential learning and community based research. Our work upholds the University Mission in its commitment to “excellence and pluralism in higher education and to further the goals of a democratic society through wide participation and civic responsibility in community, social, and economic affairs".
We offer assistance to faculty who plan to incorporate service learning into one or more of their courses, to students looking for internships or community engagement opportunities, and for staff who just want to get involved.
Some of our services include: • Curriculum development • Faculty development workshops • Student/Intern workshops • Handbooks • Forms (needs assessments, evaluations, etc.) • One-on-one technical assistance for service learning course development or conversion • Maintaining a service learning and community engagement resource library • Providing events for showcasing students, faculty, and staff community engagement activities and opportunities
Service-Learning Course is "A course that incorporates at least 15 hours of course-related community service with reflection activities to enhance students' understanding of course content, self-awareness, and civic engagement." - CSU Dominguez Hills Academic Senate Executive Committee, 2003
“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” – Thomas Ehrlich
Civic engagement is community engagement whether it's next door or on the other side of the world.
Service learning is a high impact practice that promotes students understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness & commitment to the community. This balance of key components sets service-learning apart from other service-oriented approaches.
Service learning helps the university become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic and moral problems – Boyer, 1966.
Service Learning assists the student with interpersonal development, ability to work with others, leadership and communications skills – Eyler and giels, 2001.