CSUB to host conference on community service May 11

The public is invited to join CSUB students, staff and faculty along with representatives from several community organizations for the inaugural CSUB Community Engagement Conference from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. The event is free, as is parking in Lot L.

The conference is presented by CSUB’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Education (CECE) and will feature students, faculty and community leaders who will speak about service, the positive impact CSUB students have on our community, and the role of service in youth literacy development.

“Community service makes the academic content of students' courses come to life, as they apply what they've learned to real-world situations,” said Tanya Boone, faculty coordinator for CECE. “In addition, service provides students with professional development and networking opportunities that they can leverage in searching for a job upon graduation.”

During the 2011-12 academic year, 3,048 CSUB students have participated in 36,576 hours of service, which is an increase of 19 percent from 2010-11. They volunteer at such places as the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Police Activities League, American Red Cross, American Lung Association, and Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County.

“Service allows students to experience the impact they can have, to make a difference in their community. Our community agency partners also benefit. In an environment of declining resources, student service helps community agencies to serve their clients and achieve their goals,” Boone said.

The program kicks off with opening remarks by CSUB President, Dr. Horace Mitchell. Keynote speakers include Della Hodson of the United Way of Kern County, Donna Hylton of Kern Adult Literacy Council, and Andrae Gonzales of Stewards, Inc. and a BCSD School Board member. Students and faculty will also give short presentations about the service projects they have completed. Awards will also be given to students recognized as service leaders on campus.

For more information, contact the Center for Community Engagement and Career Education at 661-654-3033.

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