University to Host State Experts and CSU Faculty at Service-Learning Conference

California State University faculty, state experts, student leaders and community partners will gather to discuss effective service-learning programs on Friday, Feb. 6, noon to 5 p.m. in Cal Poly Pomona?s Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor Room. Faculty interested in learning the critical ?how-tos? in implementing this pedagogy into their courses are invited to attend.

?The concept of service learning is embedded in our polytechnic foundation,? says President J. Michael Ortiz. ?We are going to commit ourselves to expanding those opportunities in our neighboring cities by dedicating faculty and staff support to ensure our students are benefiting from ?real life? education, thereby making the connection between theory and practice in the larger community.?

The conference will begin with lunch at noon followed by the keynote address by Kathy O?Byrne, director of UCLA?s Center for Experiential Education and Service Learning, and a discussion led by a panel comprised of Cal Poly Pomona faculty, students and community partners involved in service learning. From 4-5 p.m., participants will meet for individual faculty consultations.

Cal Poly Pomona conference sponsors include: The Center for Community Service-Learning; Faculty Center for Professional Development; Academic Affairs; Academic Senate; Associated Students Inc.; colleges of Agriculture, Business Administration, Education & Integrative Studies, Engineering, Environmental Design, Extended University, Science, and Letters, Arts & Social Sciences; The Collins School of Hospitality Management; and the Collaborative After School Project.

Faculty interested in attending the conference must register by Monday, Feb. 2. The event, free of charge, includes lunch and an array of service-learning resource materials. For more information about the conference, contact Christina Gonzalez-Salgado, community collaboration coordinator for the Center for Community Service-Learning, at (909) 869-4574 or e-mail at

In conjunction with the conference, the university?s Faculty Center for Professional Development has begun two service-learning reading groups this winter quarter. One reading group is discussing ?Service Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy? on designated Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., and the other group is discussing ?Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time,? on selected Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. For more information, click here or contact Agnes Sanchez in the Faculty Center at (909) 869-2890.