CSU Dominguez Hills Recognized Nationally for Community Service

California State University, Dominguez Hills was named as a finalist for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award.

A national program by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes the efforts of institutions to engage students in meaningful, measurable service in the communities their university serves. CSU Dominguez Hills has been named to the Honor Roll’s “with Distinction” list for the past three years.

This is the first year the university was a finalist for the program’s highest honor and highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. CSU Dominguez Hills was among 13 other finalists nationwide, plus the five ultimate winners.

“CSU Dominguez Hills is honored to have been named a finalist for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award,” said University Interim President Willie J. Hagan. “This university believes strongly in providing opportunities for students to give back to their communities. Such endeavors not only serve a public good but enhance student learning beyond the classroom and illustrate the impacts their education can have.”

Sociology major and Jumpstart member Mayra Fuentes Pineda reads to a preschooler.

During the past year, more than 6,000 students logged well over 140,000 hours of community service/service learning through campus organizations or their classes. Projects they have worked and continue to work on include the AmeriCorps Jumpstart program, where students mentor Compton preschoolers for reading, math and language acquisition; collection of hygiene and first aid supplies and preparation of ready to eat meals for the homeless on Los Angeles’ skid row; restoration of a native habitat for the Palos Verdes blue butterfly; collection of cellphones for soldiers, eyeglasses for the Lions Club; or teaching conflict resolution to local school children.

Read more about the university’s Jumpstart program.

CSU Dominguez Hills’ commitment to community engagement is infused in academics, with more than 300 classes having a service component, such as a marketing class where students develop marketing proposals for local nonprofits or family-owned businesses. The university also has a dedicated Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement (SLICE) that works to coordinate many of the efforts or provide support as a location for collections, a resource for service opportunities and other information on community engagement topics.

“This award validates the value CSU Dominguez Hills places on community engagement,” SLICE Director Cheryl McKnight said. “Now, we are the touchstone by which other universities will measure their community engagement efforts.”


  1. Cheryl McKnight says:

    Last year’s award was certainly in a big part because of your students’ work Bill. We need to get together so you can tell me about these other awesome projects.

  2. And, in addition to this, there are many [other] programs not [mentioned] that provide distinctive programming in our communities. For instance, the Black Theatre Program raised $2,500 for the Downtown Women’s Center by taking all the proceeds from their production of “For Colored Girls ..” and donating it to the center. Teatro Dominguez performed The Aquarium Project last fall where our students created the scenes, characters and costumes for shows done on the main floor at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Teatro has also performed free folk tales at local elementary schools for 20 years here, and raised money for local shelters with 6 years of The Vagina Monologues (you can read about the Storytelling Program, or our Workshops or Women’s Playwright Festivals on our web site at http://www.csudh.edu/bdeluca/TeatroDominguez/TeatroHome.htm).

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