Honored by the Carnegie Foundation

Sacramento State is proud to have earned the prestigious Community Engagement Classification of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In issuing this honor, the foundation recognizes Sacramento State for its institutional focus on and demonstration of community engagement, and the vital role community engagement plays in teaching and learning.

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Community Engagement

Sac World Fest


SacWorldFest - the celebration of cultural diversity through music and dance - and Sacramento State announce a dynamic new partnership that will move the annual fall festival to the Sac State campus. "We're thrilled to partner with Sacramento State and expand the popular SacWorldFest event to a weeklong celebration this year," says Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Many of the SacWorldFest activities will happen on the Sac State campus, which significantly expands the festival's offerings and opens the door to exciting new possibilities to engage entirely new audiences."

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A Campus-Wide Commitment to Engaging the Community

Sacramento State students participate in the annual Paint the Town event, giving houses in the Oak Park neighborhood a makeover. Sac State's Community Engagement Center partnered with Sacramento NeighborWorks for the event.

At a Glance

  • 350-plus community partnerships
  • 250-plus events bringing the community to campus
  • 50-plus centers, institutes and collaboratives engaged with the community
  • A nearly $1 billion economic impact on the regional community

Sacramento State's Community Engagement Honors

Sacramento State has been recognized at the highest national levels for its commitment to community engagement. read more

Partnering with the Region's Major Organizations

Sacramento State partners with cities and major organizations to work together on behalf of all area residents. Highlights include partnering Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and with Univision TV to host Feria de EducaciĆ³n, a daylong event promoting higher education among the Spanish-speaking community, and partnering with the Sacramento Food Bank and others to host the annual Run to Feed the Hungry. read more

Celebrating and Honoring Community Partners and Those Who Impact Communities

Sacramento State hosts celebrations to honor community members, organizations and alumni who serve the community. read more

Students, Faculty and Centers Focused on Community Engagement

With events at three different University facilities, Sac State students raised hundreds of dollars toward a cure for ALS. Our video captures the University community in action for a lifesaving cause.

Community Engagement Center

Working closely with local nonprofits, schools and government agencies, Sacramento State's Community Engagement Center organizes service learning and volunteer experiences for students, faculty and staff. read more

Students Serving the Community

From student clubs and organizations to residence halls, Sacramento State students create and participate in outstanding community service events. read more

Community/Industry Advisory Boards and Councils

Leaders in area community organizations, schools, government agencies and industries provide valuable knowledge and experience to Sacramento State's colleges and students by serving on advisory boards and councils. read more

Colleges and Divisions Engaged with the Community

Sacramento State's colleges and divisions serve the community as a resource, as a partner in collaborative initiatives, through centers and institutes engaged with the community, and through offering on- and off-campus cultural and performance events. read more

Faculty Serving Community

Sacramento State faculty are committed to the community, providing service and building enduring partnerships with schools, communities, businesses, organizations, and agencies in order to strengthen and enrich the region. read more

Get Involved!

Join Sacramento State on Campus and in the Community

Want to Host an Internship or Service Learning Class?

Internships and service learning opportunities help prepare students to be engaged citizens and prepare them for the workforce while benefiting the host organization. Please contact us if your business or organization would be interested in hosting a Sacramento State student for an internship or service learning experience. read more

Opportunities for Parents and Families

Learn about the ways that Sacramento State creates and strengthens the vital partnership between parents and families of enrolled students and the University. read more

Opportunities for K-12 Students on Campus

Sacramento State hosts numerous opportunities for K-12 students to visit or participate in events on campus. read more

Semester Highlights - Fall 2014

Sacramento State is a welcoming campus and hosts events nearly every day that invite community members to campus. Here are some highlights of events for the fall 2014 semester.

The Arts
The Department of Music hosts performances by Sacramento State faculty and students as well as invited performers throughout the year, including choirs, jazz, and bands. Click here for further information on upcoming performances.

The Department of Theatre and Dance
produces a full season of performances in various locations on the Sacramento State campus. Click here for a list of fall 2014 theatre and dance performances.

Art Galleries, Museums, and Collections
Artwork is exhibited year round in our many galleries, museums, and collections. Click here for further information on upcoming exhibits.

Civic Engagement and Constitution Week
Constitution Week, September 15-19, includes guest speakers, panel discussions, and the ever-popular Constitution Quiz Bowl
25th Annual Envisioning California Conference, October 3
Town Hall Meeting on the 2014 Elections, October 28

Community Engagement Center
Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) provides assistance for service learning and co-sponsors a number of community-related events on and off campus.
CEC’s program Sac State Serves offers opportunities for service and volunteering in partnership with a number of community organizations and schools. Events have included St. John’s Shelter Program, Ronald McDonald House, and the Sacramento Food Bank. Click here for an ongoing list of community service opportunities in the Sacramento area.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Sacramento State’s Center for STEM Excellence hosts Stem Scholars Public Lectures and a USGS sponsored Geology/Ecology/Environmental Studies Seminars, all of which are open to the public. Click here for information on fall 2014 STEM events.
Expanding Your Horizons, a partnership between Sacramento State and the Women of AT&T, is a one-day science and math conference for 6th-8th grade girls, empowering them to pursue STEM-related education and careers. The event this year is on October 11.

Youth and Family Events on Campus
Sacramento State offers many events on campus for youth and their families. Example events for the fall 2014 semester include:
Foster Youth Fashion Show, sponsored by Guardian Scholars, Oct. 1
African American Health Community Forum, sponsored by Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, Nov. 1
Academic Decathlon Capital Region Scrimmage, sponsored by Accelerated College Entrance Program, Dec. 13


Visit Sacramento State!

Sacramento State offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us on campus for our many arts, athletics, academic, social and cultural events throughout the year.

Students at Sacramento State participate in 19 sports. Come to campus to watch our home teams.

The campus calendar lists the wide variety of upcoming events, and the campus and community are invited.

UNIQUE Programs is a Sac State student volunteer group that brings innovative, quality entertainment to campus in the University Union. UNIQUE provides such events as concerts, films, cultural affairs and major lectures.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or if you would like your organization or event to be highlighted here, email us at engagedcampus@csus.edu.