Topic: Sustaining Opportunities for Civic Engagement
Sustaining service-learning partnerships that contribute to the public good for diverse populations continues to challenge higher education’s civic engagement efforts. We conceptualize a model for creating a long-term, mutually beneficial university-community infrastructure based on a critical service learning collaboration between a university's ethnic studies program and a community-based organization since 2009.
Fresno State has a diverse student body, and traditional unpaid internships were extremely problematic given the financial and family situation of our students. Several departments have, in conjunction with community partners, created options that are more accessible for our students and also benefit the public.