Center for Civic Engagement

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Annual Reports

Civic Engagement is central to the public purpose of higher education and essential to the student experience, empowering students to become active citizens in a democratic society. The WSU Center for Civic Engagement exists to forge community-campus partnerships that build community capacity, generate knowledge, and solve problems through service, leadership, and scholarship.


 

  • 2016-2017

    Annual Report 2016-2017

    Featured Program: Cougs Vote

    Cougs Vote is a system-wide democratic engagement campaign to help students register to vote, stay aware of voter deadlines, and become more informed and involved with issues they are passionate about. The Campus Vote Project and NASPA named WSU a Voter Friendly Campus for the 2016 Cougs Vote campaign. WSU is one of only 83 campuses nationwide to earn this designation.

    In 2016-17 this program:

    • In fall 11,567 people participated in 183 events system-wide.
    • 58 partners, including student groups, residence halls, courses, departments, and community organizations from all six WSU campuses.
    • Cougs Vote partners registered 1,181 new voters.
    • Cougs Vote webpage was visited 3,998 times.
    • Pullman campus ballot box, which can hold 5,000 ballots, was emptied three times in the 24 hours leading up to the election night deadline.
    • WSU student news wrote 155 articles on the elections.
    • 14,145 WSU students voted system-wide.
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    "Cougs Vote influenced me to vote and taught me that every vote mattered; my vote mattered."- Delia Licona Soberanes, WSU Pullman Psychology Major
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    Student Engagement

    • 9,587 students recorded 85,927 service hours in 2016-2017
    • 2,301 students participated in 587 CCE-led projects
    • 526 group projects were organized for 125 student groups
    • The CCE reached 3,000 likes on Facebook and 1,000 followers on Twitter
    • 1,029 more WSU students voted in 2016 than in 2012
    • 47 students mentored 3,725 local children through 15 after school programs
    • 362 students wrote letters to children through Pen Friends
    "Cougs Vote empowered me to not just vote but engage in a variety of events." - Salomon Martinez, WSU Pullman Business Major

    Academic Service Learning

    • The CCE supports service learning at three WSU campuses, 8 colleges, and 15 departments offered service learning courses
    • 2,698 students in 95 academic courses completed 34,158 hours of service learning
    • 379 Global Campus students completed 5,774 hours of service for 15 courses
    • 170 Vancouver Campus students completed 1,552 hours of service for 12 courses 
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    "The most meaningful courses I've taken are the ones with community engagement." -Valeriw Teegardin, WSU Vancouver Social Sciences Major
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    Community Impact

    • 1,591 active community partners located in 37 WA counties, 28 states, and 11 countries
    • 1,066 unique community engagement opportunities
    • 216 Palouse-based partners
    • 64 service learning internships
    • The Palouse Fresh Food Project collected 12,683 lbs of food, which is the equivalent of 10,500 meals for local families

  • 2015-2016

    Annual Report 2015–2016

    Featured Program: Palouse Fresh Food Project

    Funded through AmeriCorps VISTA & Washington Campus Compact

    Since August 2015, the Palouse Fresh Food Project has increased the availability of fresh food for community members who are food insecure through service learning opportunities and community collaboration. In 2017, the program was honored with the first annual Engaged Campus-Community Partnership Award by Western Region Campus Compact.

    In 2015-16, this program:

    • Collected 6,521 lbs of food and $1,679.83 in donations, which is equivalent to 2,820 meals.
    • Developed the Whitman County Fresh Food Donation Guide, a single source for the public to use to donate or receive fresh, local food.
    • Worked directly with 18 community partners, two courses, and three student groups to improve fresh food access and develop public gardens throughout the county.
    • Created the WSU Food Recovery Club to combat food waste on campus. The club rescued 912 lbs of food at five events. Managed 941 volunteers who completed over 1,900 hours of service.
    • Collaborated with the Community Action Center to develop five cooking demonstrations for their food pantry patrons.
    • Coordinated Poverty Awareness Week events, which involved 40 groups who held 37 events. These events reached over 1,200 people and collected over 4,000 lbs of food and $725 in donations to support local food pantries.
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    "This experience instilled in me a stronger sense of civic duty. I learned a lot about the demographics and needs of my local community." – Hannah Street, Recent WSU Graduate

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    Student Engagement

    • 9,636 students recorded 87,204 service hours in 2015-16
    • 3,343 students participated in 680 CCE-led projects
    • 390 group projects were organized for 48 student groups
    • 88.0% of students who completed the annual student survey recognize the importance of active citizenship
    • 85.4% of students felt they made a positive difference in the community

    "I learned so much. It was incredible to be given the opportunity to apply the teachings of this course beyond the classroom to real life." – Hurst Kopp, Social Sciences General Studies Student

    Academic Service Learning

    • 2,241 students in 82 academic courses completed 24,442 hours of service learning
    • 551 Global Campus students completed 7,768 hours of service for courses
    • 7 colleges and 16 departments offered service learning courses
    • 16 academic courses worked on projects related to food security
    • 76.8% of students in service learning courses felt their service helped them apply academic concepts in real life settings
    • 72.6% of students in courses felt their community-based experiences helped them develop their professional skills
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    Community Impact

    • 893 active community partners located in 35 Washington counties, 30 states, and 10 countries
    • 1,135 unique community engagement opportunities
    • 133 Palouse-based partners
    • 96 community partners focused on food security and nutrition
    • 27 food security related projects
    • 101 service learning internships

  • 2014-2015

    Annual Report 2014-2015 

    Student Engagement and Community Impact

    • 9,725 students recorded
    • 78,000 hours of service in 2014-15
    • 772 community partners
    • 5,290 active civic engagement opportunities
    • 77 service learning internships
    • 162 Palouse-based Community Organizations
    • WSU Pen Friends wrote 2,940 letters to students in 13 elementary school classes
    • WSU students engaged with communities in 33 WA counties, 24 states, and 6 countries
    • Through an AmeriCorps VISTA grant, the CCE began the Palouse Fresh Food Project to increase the availability of fresh food for community members who are food insecure
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    "This experience pushed me outside my comfort zone and made me look beyond myself." - WSU Student

    Types of Engagement

    • Social Services | 25.7%
    • Food Security & Nutrition | 10.3%
    • Elders | 3.8%
    • Environment | 3.5%
    • Health & Wellness | 3.2%
    • Animals | 3.0%
    • Youth & Children | 23.4%
    • Education | 18.7% 
    • Arts & Culture | 2.9%
    • Housing & Homelessness | 2.9%
    • Diverse Abilities | 1.6%
    • International | 1.0%

    Student Involvement 

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    • 64.7% of students who participated in CCE civic engagement activities identified personal development as a reason for their participation 
    • 81.8% of students recognize importance of active citizenship 
    • 79.1% of studnets felt they made a positive difference in the community
    • 3,343 students participated in 679 CCE-led projects
    • 237 projects were developed for student organizations
    • 2,424 students in 39 fraternities and sororities completed 38,969 hours of service

     

    Student Participation by Affiliation

    Athletics
    3%
    Conduct
    3%
    Global Campus
    7%
    Independent
    8%
    Student Groups
    14%
    Academic
    36%
    Greek
    50%

    Academic Engagement 

    • 7 Colleges and 16 Departments were involved in community engaged learning 
    • 332 Global Campus students recorded over 5,800 hours of service
    • 2,185 students in 75 academic courses completed 27,772 hours of service learning 
    • 73.5% of students in service learning courses felt their community-based experiences helped them apply academic concepts in real life settings 
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    Outreach

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    • Over 300 guests attended the 2015 Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction, and 70 individuals and groups received the annual President's Award for Leadership
    • Public Square discussions engaged over 180 students at six events
    • CCE staff provided 89 presentations to over 4,000 students sharing information on how students can get involved in their communities
    • For the first time, the WSU Campus Community Forum was held in partnership with the University of Idaho, with 70 campus and community partners in attendance
    • 28 student groups and departments held events for Poverty Awareness Week, engaging over 1,200 students
    • To align more fully with the CCE's value of sustainability, the CCE decreased printed poster production from 3,505 to 607 per year by focusing instead on digital marketing 

    Honors

    • National President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll | 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014
    • Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification | 2008- 2025

  • 2013-2014

    Annual Report 2013-2014

    20 Year Anniversary

    In 1993, the Center of Civic Engagement opened its doors as the Community Service Learning Center. In the past 20 years, 61,564 WSU students were part of creating change in communities, recording 505,095 hours of community service with an economic value of $11 million. 

    The CCE has collaborated with more than 450 faculty and campus partners, 1,300 community partners, and 1,094 service learning courses.

    Recognized regularly on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the CCE has been awarded $950,000 in grants, gifts, and scholarships. 

    "Together, we have created a culture of civic engagement at WSU." -Melanie Brown, CCE Director

    Vision

    The CCE advances the land-grant mission of the University, fostering meaningful connections and engagement between campus and communities to effect positive change in society. 

    Mission

    The CCE facilities student and faculty engagement with communities to promote shared knowledge, research, and service to society. 

    Values

    Community-Awareness-Respect-Equity-Sustainability (CARES)

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    Community Impact

    • 547 active community partners
    • 135 Palouse-based community organizations
    • 75 service learning internships
    • WSU Pen Friends wrote 3,036 letters to local elementary school students
    • WSU students engaged with communities in 34 WA counties, 21 states, and 4 countries
    • 5 Alternative Spring Break trips traveled to destinations in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, India, and Guatemala 
    • 5,267 active civic engagement opportunities 

    Types of Community Partners

    • International | 1%
    • Seniors & Diverse Abilities | 4% 
    • Housing | 5%
    • Animals | 5%
    • Environment | 6%
    • Arts & Culture | 7%
    • Health & Wellness | 10%
    • Food Security & Nutrition | 12%
    • Social Services | 13%
    • Children & Youth | 17%
    • Education % Literacy | 20%

    "Over 90% of our youth sports coaches are WSU students serving as role models for youth!" -Community Partner


     

    Student Involvement 

    • 8,719 students
    • 76,767 hours of service
    • 2,301 students participated in 638 CCE-led projects
    • 2,267 students in 37 fraternities and sororities completed 34,260 hours of service
    • 40% of WSU Pullman and Global campus students were involved in community service 
    • 277 projects were organized for student organizations
    • Cougs Connect: Campus and Community Involvement Fairs attracted 500 students
    • Poverty Awareness was promoted through 13 activities, engaging over 400 students
    • The CCE Facebook page reached over 2,000 followers
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    Student Participation by Affiliation

    • Conduct Sanctions | 2%
    • Global Campus | 3%
    • Athletes | 7%
    • Independent | 9%
    • Academic Classes | 20%
    • Student Groups | 23%
    • Fraternities/ Sororities | 37%

     

    "I was able to see the humanity behind many social problems existing in our society. It was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget!" -WSU Student
    "It was like a stress reliever, a chance to get away from the chaos of school, friends, and work and connect with something bigger, the community." -WSU Student

    Academic Engagement 

    • 2,693 WSU students in courses
    • 40,438 hours of service learning for courses
    • 81 academic course sections integrated service learning requirements 
    • 303 Global Campus students recorded over 6,000 hours of service 
    • The departments and colleges involved in community-based learning were 73% colleges and 10% departments 
    • Campus-Community forums hosted 49 campus and community partners in fall and 45 in spring
    • CCE staff reached out to over 12,000 individuals on campus and in the local community
    • Public Forums engaged over 250 students n eight events
    "This was a great experience, I highly recommend that all students go through a civic engagement experience at least once during their road to their major." -WSU Student
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    "It connected me with peers outside of a classroom setting and made me realize for the first time that my major is the right one for me." -WSU Student

  • 2012-2013

    Annual Report 2012-2013

    The Center for Civic Engagement provides opportunities for WSU students, faculty, campus departments and community partners to share knowledge, skills and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities.

    "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the community and meet a lot of cool people in the process." -WSU Student

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    Student Involvement

    Students: 7,562

    Direct Service Hours: 72,277

    Academic Service Learning

    • 4,013 students completed 44,216 hours of service learning for class
    • 67 academic course sections integrated service learning requirements
    • 354 online students completed over 6,199 hours of service in 9 different academic course sections

    Co-Curricular Engagement 

    • 2,883 students participated in CCE-led projects
    • 277 projects were organized for student groups (56% Greek, 33% RSO, 11% other)
    • 1,834 students in 38 fraternities and sororities completed 30,286 hours of service

    Learning Outcomes

    In fall 2012 survey, as a direct result of their community engagement experience:

    • 85.2% of student respondents realized the importance of active citizenship
    • 81.5% of respondents felt responsible to be involved in community issues
    • 82.4% of respondents gained respect for the life situation of others
    • 83.9% of respondents felt they made a positive difference in the community 

     

    New in 2012-2013

    LEAD Event & the President's Award for Leadership

    In spring 2013, the CCE and Student Involvement hosted a joint event to recognize 45 students, faculty, and community leaders with the President's Award for Leadership. This event also included a "Gallery of Leadership" to recognize the widespread engagement and leadership of WSU students. The event was attended by over 400 individuals. 

    Cougs Connect Fair

    In January 2013, the CCE partnered with Student Involvement to offer the first comprehensive campus and community involvement fair on campus.

    Donation from Campus Crest

    In December 2012, Campus Crest donated $5,000 to the CCE in keeping with their tradition to support the local community when building a new property.

     Public Forums Program 

     In fall 2012, CCE Public Forums offered a comprehensive approach to providing students with opportunities for dialogue about critical issues through debates, reflections, and conversations. 

    CougSync Launched

    In May 2012, the CCE began using CougSync to promote and track the civic engagement experiences of WSU students. 


     

    Community Engagement 

    Community Partners: 320

    Opportunities: 965

    On the Palouse

    • Students contributed to the work of 134 local community organizations
    • Community partners offered 652 one-time projects for WSU students
    • 66 students participated in service learning internships
    • 147 WSU students mentored youth in the Albion Afterschool Program
    • WSU Pen Friends wrote 3,132 letters to local elementary school students
    • CCE staff outreached to over 14,000 individuals on campus and in local community 

    Beyond the Palouse

    • 186 community partners offered service learning opportunities "at a distance" for WSU studets
    • WSU students engaged with community organizations in 26 WA counties, 12 states, and 3 countries
    • Three alternative spring break trips traveled to destinations in Washington/ Oregon, California, and Guatemala
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    Events

    Cougs Connect Fair

    Over 350 students, faculty and staff attended the event, and 54 community organizations participated.

    Public Forums

    Over 900 students participated in the 15 public forum events. 32 students participated as panelists or facilitators. 

    Eco Adventures

    43 students joined the CCE and Outdoor Recreation on six Eco Adventures.

    National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    Nine activities hosted by student groups and the CCE, and over 350 individuals participated in these events.

    National Days of Service

    WSU students participated in four days of service (9/11 Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service & Earth Day)

    Week of Welcome!

    53 students went on a CCE-led excursion to the Pullman Farmer's Market.

    Awards and Honors

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    President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

    Washington State University and the Center for Civic Engagement were inducted into the 2013 President's Honor Roll for engaging students in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

    Service Star Award

    Each month the CCE's Service Star Program recognizes outstanding students who impact the community through leadership and service.

    • August/September | Shawna Brennan, Environmental Science
    • October | Leah Godek,  Psychology 
    • November/December | Nick Alexander, Mechanical Engineering 
    • January/February | Amanda Mattingly, Agriculture Education
    • March | Adrian Gonzales, Finance
    • April | Alexandria Nielson, Elementary Education

    WSU President's Award for Leadership

    Students:

    • Ryan Baye 
    • Caitlin Bayly
    • Michael Blankenship
    • Taya Brown 
    • Tremaine Frazier
    • Adrian Gonzales
    • Alejandro Gonzalez
    • Thomas Hammett
    • Tristan Hanon
    • Jalisa Harris
    • Amanda Hatfield 
    • Kelly Hennessey
    • Marissa Hice
    • Erin Hightower
    • Jordan-Marie Hoefer
    • Nikkole Hughes
    • Kamilla Kafiyeva
    • Bre'una Keeton
    • Brianna Lisenbee
    • Mynor Lopez
    • Alecia Kiszonas
    • Katherine Martucci
    • Kevin Massimino 
    • Mike Mattson
    • Cynthia Pham
    • Jared Powell
    • Brittney Rogers
    • Omar Rubio
    • Mohammedmahdi Salavatian
    • Derrick Skaug
    • Cassandra Song
    • Erin Troedson
    • Sara Tuomey
    • Ryan White
    • Sarah Wilcock 
    • Danica Wixom

    Community Organizations:

    • Pullman Parks & Recreation
    • Pullman High School

    Faculty & Staff:

    • Kim Barrett
    • Mary Garcia
    • Dr. Faith Lutze

    Student Organizations:

    • Coalition for Women Students
    • Panhellenic Council 
    • Student Alumni Ambassadors 
    • AFROTC Det. 905

    CCE Advisory Council

    Faculty: 

    • Jolie Kaytes, landscape Architecture
    • Dr. Faith Lutze, Criminal Justice
    • Dr. Jenifer McGuire, Human Development 
    • Dr. Christine Oakley, Sociology
    • Sara Whitley, Sociology 

    Campus Partners:

    • Lorena O’English, WSU Libraries
    • Jonathan Stahl, Outdoor Recreation

    Community Partners:

    • Brad Jaeckel, WSU Organic Farm
    • Debbie McNeil, Pullman High School
    • Megan Vining, Pullman Parks & Recreation
    • Jennifer Whitney, Inland Oasis/ Planned Parenthood 

    Students:

    • Stephanie Chahan, Interior Design/ Sociology
    • Allison Clark, Sociology/ Political Science
    • Adrian Gonzalez (chair),
    • ASWSU/ Political Science
    • Lindsey Thomas, ASWSU Online/ Accounting
    • Gabrielle Tousignant, Communications 

  • 2011-2012

    Annual Report 2011-2012

    The Center for Civic Engagement offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well being of our communities.

    "I enjoy dong something for someone other than myself. As well, community service contributes to my personal growth and enriches my college experience." -WSU Student
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    Student Involvement 

    Students: 7,876

    Direct Service Hours: 74,296

    Academic Service Learning

    • 3,775 students participated in service learning for a class
    • 108 academic course sections offered service learning opportunities to students
    • 428 online students completed over 6,994 hours of service in 11 different academic course sections

    Co-Curricular Engagement

    • 3,669 students participated in CCE-led projects
    • 226 projects were organized for student groups
    • 1,775 students in 40 fraternities and sororities completed 28,879 hours of service

    Learning Outcomes

    In the Spring of 2012 survey, as a direct result of their community engagement experience...

    • 83% of student respondents realized the importance of active citizenship
    • 81% of respondents gained respect for the life situation of others
    • 81% of respondents felt a personal connection to the issue they served

    Community Engagement

    Community Partners: 1,186

    Opportunities: 3,669

    On the Palouse

    • Students contributed to the work of 108 local community organizations
    • Community partners offered 731 one-time projects for WSU students
    • Over 14,000 individuals were reached by CCE outreach events
    • Over 350 students served as literacy mentors at seven local schools and five after school programs

    Beyond the Palouse 

    • 290 community partners offered service learning opportunities "at a distance" for WSU sudents
    • WSU students engaged with community organizations in 20 WA Counties, 11 states, and 4 countries
    • Four alternative spring break trips traveled to destinations in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and Guatemala 

    My Dream.          My Decision.          My Difference.

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    "Student enthusiasm adds a level to our programming that is refreshing and rejuvenating and adds an 'out of the box' level of thinking in building new relationships." -Community Partner

    New in 2011-2012

    Refreshed Organizational Statements

    Vision: WSU students and graduated are catalysts for creating vibrant, just, and sustainable communities.

    Mission: In partnership with communities, the CCE facilities student engagement which fosters a sense of self, a sense of place, and a sense of purpose to effect positive change. 

    Values: Community-Awareness-Respect-Equity (CARE)

    CCE Fleet Grows!

    This year, the CCE's vehicle fleet expanded from three to four vehicles allowing us to transport more students. 

    AmeriCorps Retention Project

    The CCE welcomed an AmeriCorps member tasked with recruiting, training, and placing WSU students as mentors in local middle and high schools. In year one, 45 WSU students were placed in three schools.

    Prison Debate Project

    The CCE has partnered with Walla Ealla Community College and Coyote Ridge Correctional Center to pilot a collaborative debating project between student inmates and WSU students. 


     

    Events

    Community Service Fair

    • Over 300 students and faculty/ staff in attendance
    • 36 community organizations participated

    Public Forums: Debates and Reflections

    • Over 500 students participated in the 12 public forum events
    • 34 students participated as panelists or facilitators

    National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    • Nine activities hosted by student groups and the CCE
    • Over 900 individuals participated in these events 

    National Days of Service

    • Over 100 students participated in four days of service at WSU (9/11 Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and Earth Day)

    Campus-Community Forum

    • Over 50 community and campus partners attended this revised event in May, entitled "partnerships for Change"

    Civic Engagement Week and Cougs Care

    • Over 200 individuals participated in the Gallery of Service and Cougs Care awards event
    • Over 400 students engaged through outreach 

    2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

    Washington State university and the Center for Civic Engagement were inducted into the 2010 President's Honor Roll for engaging students in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. 

    Excellence in Civic Engagement 2012 Award

    This award honors individuals and groups who have deomonstrated an exemplary commitment to the vision and values of the CCE throughout the past year.

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    Faculty: Dr. Paulina Sameshima

    Students: Isaiah Adona & Amanda Chapman

    Online Student: Blayne Amson

    Student Group: Sigma Kappa Sorority

    Community Partner: Randy & Rhonda Kent, R.E.A.C.H.

    Campus Partner: Lorena O'English

    Distinguished Service: Dr. Chris Oakley

    Service Star Award

    Each month the CCE's Service Star Program recognizes outstanding students who impact the community through leadership and service. 

    September: Amanda Chapman

    October: Kyna Brewer

    November/ December: Max St. Brown

    January/ February: Sze Wah Tam

    March: Jared Dean

    April: Stephanie Chahan

    CCE Advisory Council

    The Advisory Council provides a foundation of support for the CCE by serving in an advisory capacity. 
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    Faculty & Campus Partners

    • Dr. Christine Oakley, Sociology
    • Mary Garcia, Human Development
    • Dr. Jeff Peterson, Communications
    • Dr. Jenifer McGuire, Human Development
    • Lorena O'English, WSU Libraries

    Community Partners

    • Adrien Loehring, ATVP
    • Megan Vining, Pullman Parks & Rec.
    • Janet Schmidt, Whitman Co. Extension
    • Suzy McNeilly, COAHS

    Students

    • Denise Chin, Sociology
    • Joe Cuanan, Economics
    • Amanda Spalding, ASWSU
    • Ashley Williams, Arch & CM
    • Adrian Gonzalez, ASWSU
    • Larry Lawrence

  • 2010-2011

    Annual Report 2010-2011

     

    In 2010-11, the CCE launched a new marketing campaign aimed at personalizing the civic engagement experiences of WSU students, asking "What is your Dream, your Decision, and your Difference?" During this year, the CCE saw a 38% increase in student involvement. 

    Service Learning has been identified as a "high impact" practice that promotes learning, personal development, and persistence of college students. (AAC&U 2008).

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    Academic Service Learning

    • 1,700 ComSt 102 students completed 5,589 service hours as part of a new curriculum of public speaking and civic engagement
    • 3,439 students completed 26,300 hours of community service in 124 academic course sections
    • WSU students completed service learning internships in 5 different counties
    • 586 Online students completed over 6,000 hours of service with 735 hours beyond course requirements 

    Student Involvement

    • 668 one time community service projects engaged 3,627 students
    • 113 student groups set up and completed 214 group service projects (57% RSO, 35% Greek, 8% Residence Hall)
    • 39 Fraternities and Sororities completed over 27,100 hours
    • 1,842 Greek members met their service requirements in two semesters
    • 3,219 instances of Greeks in service were recorded 

    Community Partners

    • 921 community partners, local and distant, provided civic engagement opportunities to WSU students
    • 329 new community partners registered with the CCE
    • In recent surveys, community partners called WSU students "dynamic", "kind", and "integral" to the work of their organizations
    • In the 2011 annual survey, 75% of community partners indicated that WSU students increased their organization's impact on community needs

    Combined Fund Drive

    • Over $175,000 was pledged by WSU employees to over 400 organizations
    • 85% of pledges y WSU Pullman employees went to local - Palouse - organizations
    • 83% responded to a 2010 survey of WSU employees that they have contributed time to supporting community organizations
    • 72% responded to the same survey that they primarily support community organizations monetarily 

    MY DREAM.          MY DECISION.          MY DIFFERENCE.

    "I found the WSU students came to their job highly motivated, knowledgeable and open learners to the task at hand. They are getting an excellent education at WSU- Kudos to the professors! Thank you!" -Community Partner
    "Students have been eager and willing to reach out into the community to identify and develop collaborations that benefit the agency and the persons we serve." -Community Partner

    The Dream

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    • 7,385 students participated in community engagement experiences through the CCE
    • 8,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members through outreach events
    • 5,500 students were served by the NEW CCE Student Resource Center
    • 1,100 students attended the annual Community Service Fair on September 2

    The Decision

    • 158 students, faculty and staff participated in 20 projects during four National Days of Service
    • Literacy programming supports the participation of over 300 WSU students at area schools and agencies as pen friends, tutors, and mentor, including four literacy events at rural schools
    • Five Under the Big Tent public debates involved over 250 participants, 19 panelists and five guest moderators. Topics included the internet's impact on intelligence, alcohol on campus, housing and poverty, energy and the environment, and the role of diversity in higher education.
    • Over 130 WSU students participated in a Poverty Simulation during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. over 700 students were engaged during this awareness week. 
    • During Civic Engagement Week, over 350 students learned about community engagement opportunities available to them and over 80 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the Cougs Care event to learn more about how WSU students are civically engaged in the community and to honor award recipients.
    • Four Alternative Spring Break Trips engaged 75 WSU students in local, national, and worldwide communities. Trip offerings included Spring to Action, a sustainable agriculture trip in Washington; Eco Adventure: Death Valley, a national environmental stewardship trip; Service in New Orleans, a social and ecological service trip; and Habitat for Humanity: Guatemala, an international home building trip. 

    The Difference 

    In the Fall of 2010 Annual Student Survey, as a direct result of their community engagement experience...

    • 77% of student respondents agreed they have a responsibility to be involved in community issues
    • 74% of respondents agreed that they gained respect for the life situation of others
    • 78% of respondents agreed they made a positive difference in the community 
    "I think his experience was a great way to give us hands on experience that helped expand our academic understanding." -WSU Student

    Students made a difference working with hundreds of youth as mentors and tutors, providing companionship to the elderly as well as people with disabilities.Students also made differences in our environment through stream cleanups and restoration projects. Abandoned animals were cared for and socialized by students at area shelters and rescue organizations and students stepped up to assist local governments impacted by recent budget cuts, providing help with graffiti painting and community events and beautification.

    Awards and Recognition 

    2011 Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards

    Faculty | Dr. Ole Sleipness

    Student | Michael Herseth

    Online Student | Erica Vieira

    Student Group: Lambda Chi Alpha

    Community Partner: Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute

    Campus Partner: Kathleen Parker, USDA

    AmeriCorps Students in Service

    Over 14,000 service hours will be completed by 41 scholarship recipients. These students will receive $57,112. 

    2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

    Washington State University and the Center for Civic Engagement were inducted into the 2010 President's Honor Roll for engaging students and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

    Northwest Sustainability Initiative Grant

    The CCE received a three year, $45,000 grant funded by Learn and Serve America to implement environmental and sustainability related service learning in STEM disciplines. The CCE supported 1,277 WSU students who contributed over 5,000 service hours in the first year. 

  • 2009-2010

    Annual Report 2009-2010

    The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the wellbeing of our communities. The CCE facilitates student learning and civic leadership development through engagement in community service, service learning, advocacy, political participation, public dialogue, and outreach and education.

    "I really enjoyed my experience. I was able to learn concepts and observe them at the same time. It also showed me how easily I could make a difference in the lives of others.”
    Man helps student with homework

    Student Learning 

    • 6,439 students registered with the CCE for community engagement experiences
    • 63 major areas of study represented by student paticipants
    • 71 academic course sections provided students
      with community engagement experiences
    • 17 service learning internships for WSU students
      across the state

    Learning Outcomes

    • Academic and Career Development:
      In recent surveys, more than 60% of student
      respondents agreed that their community
      engagement experience strengthened their
      interest in academic subject matter
    • Civic Knowledge and Responsibility:
      72% of respondents agreed that, as a direct result
      of their community engagement experience, they
      will work for change in society
    • Self Awareness and Efficacy:
      71% of respondents agreed that, through their
      community engagement, they learned to value
      the perspectives of others.

    Highlights 

    Innovation in Academic Service Learning:
    ID 201 exemplar Kathleen Ryan’s second year Interior Design students worked collaboratively with a youth group in Skamania to develop plans for turning an old barn into a youth center.

    Distant Service Learning 

    • 70 service learning projects “at a distance”
      completed by Pullman students;
    • 712 students (Pullman and Online) recorded
      9328 service hours in 80 communities beyond the
      Palouse

    Alternative Spring Break Trips –
    “Spring To Action”, a service learning trip across the state of Washington, in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources
    “Eco Adventure”, environmental stewardship and outdoor adventure trip to Death Valley, in collaboration with the Outdoor Recreation Center

    "Students who serve the community have a better sense of being a part of the community . . . a ‘home away from home’ as well as a place to get a degree."

    Student civic engagement contributes to the University’s land-grant mission: to serve the needs of the people and communities of Washington. Assets, resources, and capacity of organizations
    and communities are increased through the civic engagement of WSU students, statewide and beyond.

    Community Impact

    • 592 community partners, local and distant, provide civic
      engagement opportunities to WSU students
    • 239 new community partners registered with the CCE
    • 45,499 hours of service were recorded by WSU
      students, an increase of 42% over 2008-09

    In a recent survey, Community Partners indicated that the top four impacts of WSU student civic engagement are:

    1. Enhanced programs and services in the community
    2. Enhanced physical and social environments
    3. Intergenerational interaction
    4. Increased organizational impact on community needs

    School Partnerships - 95 WSU students served as tutors to youth in Pullman and rural Whitman County communities, tutoring 497 youth and recording 2033 hours.

    Community Service Projects - 417 projects offered during the academic year, engaging 2,064 student participants and

    92 student groups (41% Greek, 33% RSO, 21% Residence
    Hall, 5% other)

    Greek Partnership – 50 fraternities and sororities worked with the CCE to organize community projects and track over 11,000 hours of participation.

    National Days of Service - 307 students, faculty, and staff participated in 34 projects during: National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11th; Make a Difference Day, October 24th ; Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, January 18th; Earth Day, April 22nd

    Move Out, Pitch In: In spring 2010, over 60 tons of clothing, furniture and household goods donated by WSU
    students were recycled or redistributed for reuse. (MOPI is a collaborative effort of several campus and community
    organizations.)

    Girl with a cat

    Excellence in Civic Engagement 2010 Award Recipients

    Faculty: Dr. Robert Barnstone, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Construction Management

    Undergraduate Student: Katie Sherwood, Digital Technology and Culture

    Graduate Student: Joan O'sa Oviawe, Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education

    Student Group: Alpha Omicron Pi

    Community Partner: Dr. John Doty, founder and director of READ for LIFE

     

    CCE Advisory Council

    Faculty:
    Mary Garcia, Human Development
    Dr. Chris Oakley, Sociology
    Dr. Jenifer McGuire, Human Development
    Dr. Jeff Peterson, Communication

    Community:
    Brad Jaeckel, WSU Organic Farm
    Lisa Jones, American Red Cross
    Adrien Loehring, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
    Janet Schmidt, Whitman County Extension
    Megan Vining, Pullman Parks and Recreation

    Students:
    Edison Kent, Digital Technology and Culture / ASWSU
    Julika Luopa, Elementary Education
    Catherine Rein, Human Development / Distance
    Degree Student
    Katie Sherwood, Digital Technology and Culture
    Malia Suzui, Communication

    Campus Partner:
    Lorena O’English, Social Sciences Reference and
    Instruction Librarian

  • 2008-2009

    Annual Report 2008-2009

    The Center for Civic Engagement offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities.

    "…it also showed me how easy it was to make a difference in the life of someone else."
    Lady helping a couple students

    Student Learning

    • 3,630 students registered with the CCE
    • Students across 86 majors participate
      in CCE activities
    • 84 academic service learning classes provide
      students with civic engagement experiences
      connected to curriculum

    Learning Outcomes

    • Academic and career development: In a recent
      survey 73% of student respondents agreed
      that their community engagement experience
      helped them to identify and apply academic
      concepts in real life settings
    • Civic knowledge and responsibility: 80% of
      student respondents agreed that their community
      engagement experience caused them to realize the
      importance of active citizenship
    • Self awareness and efficacy: 78% of student
      respondents indicated that as a result of their
      community engagement experience they gained
      respect for the life situations of others

    Community Impact

    • The CCE has active partnerships with 353
      community partners in Pullman, the Palouse,
      and statewide through our collaboration with
      WSU Extension
    • 167 community partners were connected to
      academic service learning courses
    • 107 community partners worked with WSU
      students on co-curricular projects
    • 110 new community partnerships were developed
    • 32,070 recorded hours of service by WSU students

    In a Recent Survey...

    • 83% of community partners responding agreed
      that WSU students contributed to enhanced
      programs and services within the community
    • 81% agreed that WSU students contributed to
      increased one-on-one contact with cleints and
      children within their agency
    A couple community partners
    "I loved having a WSU CCE student serving at our facility! She was enthusiastic to learn and serve and was very proactive in regard to concerns we address."

     

    School Partnerships

    • 104 WSU students served as tutors to youth in the
      Pullman community and in rural Whitman County
      communities
    • They tutored over 1,500 hours and more
      than 250 youth

    Co-Curricular Community Service Projects

    • 424 projects were offered; an average of 10 projects
      per week
    • Project participation was 1,855, with many students
      participating more than once

    Select Project Impacts in 2008-09:

    • Recycled 6,380 pounds of used clothing and
      household items
    • Prepared, served, and shared a meal with 57
      homeless individuals
    • Provided companionship, games, and manicures to
      524 senior citizens
    • Mentored and tutored 629 children and youth
    • Assisted with the completion of one Habitat for
      Humanity home and started ground preparation
      for a second home

    Statewide Service Learning 

    The Statewide Service Learning Program extends the range of service learning and civic engagement opportunities for WSU students in terms of both geographic location and types of engagement experiences. Working through the network of WSU County Extension offices and other community partners around the state and beyond, Pullman-based and Distance Degree Program students engaged in diverse face-to-face and at-a-distance service projects that enhance community well-being in myriad ways.

    Statewide efforts accomplished the following:

    • 61 student and classroom projects
    • 10 service learning internships
    • 42 communities were served through the statewide
      program throughout 23 counties
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    Recognition

    Each year the Center for Civic Engagement recognizes
    one student, one faculty member, and one community
    partner who display a commitment to learning through
    campus-community engagement. For the 2008–09
    academic year we recognized:

    • Student: Kyle McKeeman—Health and Fitness major
    • Faculty/Instructor: Sarah Whitley, instructor in the
      Sociology Department
    • Community Partner: Dave Port, director of
      Harvest House
    • Statewide Community Partner: Snohomish
      County Extension

    12th Annual Campus on the Run sponsored the Pullman
    Montessori School garden project with a $1,200 award.

    The Corporation for National and Community Service
    honored Washington State University and the Center for
    Civic Engagement with a place on the 2008 President’s
    Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for
    exemplary service efforts and service to America’s
    communities. Honorees are chosen based on

    • scope and innovation of service projects,
    • percentage of student participation in
      service activities,
    • incentives for service,
    • and the extent to which the school offers academic
      service-learning courses.

    The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

    Carnegie Classification: In December 2008, WSU was
    named among 119 university and college recipients
    nationwide of the 2008 “Community Engagement
    Classification” from The Carnegie Foundation for the
    Advancement of Teaching. The selection recognizes
    higher education institutions that demonstrate
    excellence in “alignment between mission, culture,
    leadership, resources, and practices that support
    dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”
    WSU was selected for the honor in the dual categories of
    curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.


     

  • 2007-2008

    Annual Report 2007-2008

    The Center for Civic Engagement offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities.

    "Just the fact that I could connect with the Pullman community was meaningful to me. It felt good to be making a positive difference."
    Woman talking about a map

    Student Learning

    •  3,193 students registered in the CCE database
      and participated in an average of 1.6 placements
      and/or projects
    • Students across 86 majors participated in
      CCE activities
    • 80 academic service learning courses provided
      students with civic engagement experiences
      within their curriculum

    Learning Outcomes

    • Self awareness: In recent surveys, 88% of
      student respondents agreed that they have
      gained a better understanding of themselves
      by serving others
    • Community knowledge: 79% agreed that
      community service increased their awareness of
      issues in the community
    • Civic Responsibility: 84% agreed that they
      have a responsibility to make a difference in the
      world and the ability to encourage others to do
      the same

    Community Impact

    • Active partnerships with 243 community partners
      in Pullman, the Palouse, and statewide through
      collaboration with WSU Extension
    • 136 community partners were connected to
      academic service learning courses
    • 107 community partners worked with WSU
      students on co-curricular projects
    • 112 new community partnerships were developed,
      locally and statewide
    • 29,845 recorded hours of service by WSU students

    In a Recent Survey...

    • 95% of community partner respondents
      indicated that WSU students increased their
      organizational capacity
    • 87% indicated that WSU students contributed
      to enhanced programs and services within
      the community
    People refurbishing the exterior of a building
    "Students come in with expectations and often leave with new personal experiences and maturity that will help them in the future."

    Tutoring Youth

    • 110 WSU students served as tutors to youth in the
      Pullman community
    • 10 WSU students served as tutors to youth in rural
      Whitman County communities
    • Together, they tutored over 2,000 hours and over
      300 youth.

    Co-Curricular Community Service Projects

    • 342 projects were offered; an average of 10 projects
      per week
    • Project participation was 1,371, with some students
      participating more than once

    Project Impacts in Spring 2008:

    • Socialized 167 dogs, 381 cats, and 197 neglected
      horses
    • Recycled 229 bags (4,580 lbs.) of used clothing and
      household goods and collected 111 bags (2,220 lbs.)
      of trash
    • Prepared, served, and shared meals with 37 homeless
      individuals
    • Provided companionship, games, and manicures to
      222 senior citizens
    • Mentored 424 children and tutored 165 youth
    • Collected 818 lbs. of sustainable, local, organic food
      for area food banks on MLK Jr. Day of Service
    • Planted 790 plants and trees and assisted with
      planting and weeding at area community gardens

    New Initiated

    • Combined Fund Drive at Washington State University in
      collaboration with the Compton Union
    • MLK Day of Service—SLO (Sustainable, Local Organic)
      Food Drive
    • WSU Wellbeing Program, in collaboration with University
      Recreation and Counseling Services
    • Spring Break for Action and Change, in collaboration with
      Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Move Out & Pitch In, in collaboration with Capital
      Planning and University Recycling

    CCE Staff: Community Board Membership

    • Better Neighborhoods of Pullman
    • College Hill Association
    • Latah County Human Needs Council
    • Palouse Alliance
    • Palouse Cares
    • Palouse Habitat for Humanity
    • Palouse Resource Network
    • Pullman Caregiver Support Group
    • Pullman Civic Trust
    • Pullman Council on Aging
    • United Way of Pullman

    Awards

    • Distinguished Service Learning Awards for commitment
      to learning through campus-community engagement.
      2007-08 recipients:
      • Morgan Leap, Spanish major; 2008 graduate
      • Dr. Willie J. Heggins, III, Assistant Professor,
        Department of Educational Leadership and
        Counseling Psychology
      • Sue Kreikemeier, director of Early Learning Services
    • Students in Service education awards totaling $18,310
      were provided to 11 WSU students
    • Learn & Serve Grant, Corporation for National and
      Community Service, received by the CCE for Bellevue
      Neighborhood Project—$39,452
    • 11th Annual Campus on the Run sponsored the Palouse
      Conservation District with a $1200 award
    • A CCE-sponsored community project received the
      Mayor’s Award for Cougar Pride Days
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