For the third year, California State University, Dominguez Hills will share and celebrate the innovative ideas and approaches to community engagement from faculty, staff, students and community partners on Monday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Loker Student Union Ballroom.
More than 125 students. faculty and community members will showcase their community engagement-based projects in poster presentations throughout the afternoon.
The symposium also provides an opportunity to recognize individuals for their commitment to community engagement. During a lunch-time program beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement (SLICE), which puts on the symposium, will present its annual Community Engagement Awards. Receiving the Outstanding Community Advocate Award will be Brenda Riddick, past director of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute on campus, for her work with the institute and her commitment to teaching the importance of civic engagement. The Community Hero Award will be given to Vivian Price, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of labor studies at CSUDH, for her developing outstanding community collaborations throughout the Watts community.
Outstanding Community Partner Awards will go to the three local programs:
CSUDH Court Observer Program
Through the leadership of California Court of Appeals Second District Division Four Presiding Justice Norman Epstein and Los Angeles Superior Court Justice Stuart Rice, the Court Observer Program at CSUDH provides students with tremendous internship experience opportunities, such as shadowing judges in court settings and preparing them for work in the legal field.
John Jones III of the East Side Riders Bike Club
East Side Riders Bike Club was established in 2008 to teach bicycle safety, provide facilities and tools for bike repairs, and enrich Watts through community rides and outreach activities.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson offers young people a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves, dedicated adult mentors who respect and listen to them, and outcome-based programs that empower youth to become lifelong learners.
In addition, a noon keynote address will be given by Price and Ellie Zenhari, assistant professor of art and design, and community engagement presentations will be given by Kirti Celly, professor of management and marketing, and Sam Wiley, emeritus professor of physics.
For more information about the symposium, call (310) 243-2438.