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Director's Message

Community Engagement Center is a division of Academic Affairs. In 1996, the center, formerly known as Office of Community Collaboration, was established at California State University, Sacramento as the University's primary service learning office. We have since expanded our focus to encompass various forms of engagement, including civic learning and community service. Community Engagement Center works closely with local non-profits, schools, government agencies, and campus-based programs that provide service to underserved, underrepresented populations throughout the Sacramento Region.

Our mission is to facilitate learning and engagement by linking campus and community for mutual benefit. To realize this mission, Community Engagement Center serves as a facilitative partner and resource for faculty, students, staff, and community. We build and promote community engagement through thoughtful collaboration and partnerships with campus and community organizations.

Community Engagement Center strives to empower Sacramento State students to develop and possess the skills necessary to become "engaged" citizens in their community. We see the various aspects of engagement - volunteerism, community service, service learning, and civic engagement - as existing on a developmental continuum that provides students with individual and collective opportunities to be "engaged."

Sacramento State students are making an impact. In academic year 2008/2009, service learning, Alternative Break, and Students in Service participants contributed a combined 87,354 hours of service to the Sacramento Region. Using the national volunteer index of $20.25 per hour, these students’ service to the community was valued at over $1,768,918*.

Community Engagement Center looks forward to working with Sacramento State faculty, students, staff, and community in building future leaders and engaged citizens through community engagement.

Sheila Macias

Administrative Director

The President's higher education community service honor roll award 2008; with distinction 2009

* The value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector takes this figure and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits. Based on the 2007 dollar value of a volunteer hour in California ($22.79), the latest year for which state-by-state numbers are available, Community Enagement Center's students’ service to the community was valued at over $1,990,797.

last updated: 2/25/2010