Center for Community Service-Learning and VolunteerBASE (Bronco Advance Service Excellence)
Gilbert Cadena, Interim Director
Established in 2004, the mission of the Center for Community Service-Learning is to advance a culture of meaningful civic engagement by promoting service-learning, sustainable, community-university partnerships and other opportunities for community outreach and leadership. VolunteerBASE was established as a centralized resource for volunteer opportunities in 2008.
A prime example of Cal Poly Pomona’s “learn-by-doing” philosophy, service-learning is a pedagogy that provides students with structured opportunities to learn, develop, and reflect through active participation and thoughtfully-organized community involvement. It enhances the academic experience of students by relating academic content and course objectives to issues in the community. Service-learning integrates assessment and student reflection on the interrelationships between course content and community-based learning activities. Conducted in the community, it meets the needs of the students, faculty, and community partners and fosters civic competence and engagement. Students thus “learn-by-doing” and make a difference!
The staff of the Center for Community Service-Learning provides support to faculty in the development and designation of service-learning courses, facilitates connections to community partners, and promotes civic engagement across campus through curricular and co-curricular activities. VolunteerBASE serves as a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities, including those sponsored by the Center such as the JusticeCorps legal internship program, California’s Promise Fellows, the Pomona Public Library Homework Assistance Center, Pass It On: The Youth Storytelling Mentorship Initiative, our annual Volunteer Fair, and other initiatives designed to help students find ways to contribute to and connect deeply with the larger community.
The Center for Community Service-Learning and VolunteerBASE are located in Building 1, room 113.
The Cultural Centers are committed to the recognition, promotion and support of the rich diversity in the campus community. The Centers are part of the Office of Student Life and exist to support student development, cultural enhancement, social justice and academic excellence. The Centers adhere to the belief that student involvement results in retention, improved academic performance, and leadership. Through co-curricular education and academic support the Centers empower students to go into their community and affect positive change. The work of the Centers contributes to the enhancement and strengthening of our local and global communities.
Working together and in collaboration with students, staff, faculty, administrators, community members, and other departments, the Centers promote pluralism and represent several cultural groups on campus. Each Center validates the identities and cultural experiences of students, offers a network of support services which address the retention needs of traditionally underrepresented students, and educates all Cal Poly Pomona students to be culturally competent.
The African American Student Center (AASC) provides peer and retention support and programs, workshops, social and cultural events to enhance the educational experience and knowledge of the Black/African American community. The AASC is located in Building 95, Room 201, (909) 869-5006. Website: dsa.csupomona.edu/aasc
The Asian and Pacific Islander Student Center (APISC) coordinates projects, resources and services designed to meet the needs of Cal Poly Pomona’s Asian and Pacific Islander students. The APISC is located in Building 95, (909) 869-5023. Website: dsa.csupomona.edu/apisc
The César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education (CECCHE) strives to increase the outreach, recruitment, retention, graduation, and cultural pride of Chicano and Latino students at Cal Poly Pomona. The CECCHE is located in Building 95, (909) 869-5035. Website: dsa.csupomona.edu/cesarchavez
The Native American Student Center (NASC) provides support to Native American students at Cal Poly Pomona. The center serves as a resource to the campus community and offers programs and workshops on Native American culture and issues. The NASC is located in Building 26, Room 104, (909) 869-3967. Website: dsa.csupomona.edu/nasc
The Pride Center (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies Resource Center) provides resources, referrals, support, and programs about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, heterosexism, and homophobia. The Pride Center is located in Building 26, Room 107, (909) 869-2573. Website: dsa.csupomona.edu/pride
Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center
The Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center (VPWRC) promotes gender equality and healthy relationships through education, advocacy and leadership opportunities. Advocates provide free, confidential crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. A police report is not required to receive advocacy. Other programs include women’s workshops, internships and volunteer opportunities. The VPWRC is located in Building 95, (909) 869-3112. Website: http://dsa.csupomona.edu/vpwrc.
Faculty Center for Professional Development
Victoria Bhavsar, Program Coordinator
The Faculty Center for Professional Development, established in September 1990 and located in Building 1, Room 227, initiates, coordinates, and supports programs that assist faculty members in achieving their professional goals and improving their teaching abilities. An elected faculty Advisory Committee guides the Center in setting priorities and planning new programs. The Faculty Center provides individual teaching consultations and sponsors a variety of faculty learning communities and workshops on exploring alternative teaching strategies, improving classroom instruction, student outcomes assessment, and advancing research and scholarly activities. These workshops and learning communities which meet throughout the year enhance collegial relations and promote a multidisciplinary exchange of insights and support for efforts at improvement and innovation.
Electronic bulletins from the Center inform faculty of development opportunities-awards and fellowships, conferences and workshops, etc.
The Center’s resources include books, periodicals, publications and a website with information for faculty on teaching, learning, research and writing, and development opportunities.