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Town Hall Report
to the Chancellor's OfficePROCESS
1. Dates on which Town Halls took place:
Nov. 5, 2009, Jan. 13, 2010, and Jan. 20, 2010
2. Location at which Town Halls took place:
Interfaith Community Services (11/5/09 and 1/20/10) and CSUSM, McMahan House (1/13/10)
3. Number of participants at Town Halls:
Nov. 5, 2009: 27 participants; Jan. 13, 2010: 81 participants; Jan. 20, 2010: 65 participants. TOTAL: 173
4. In general terms, who was present at the Town Halls (students, faculty, CE community partners, elected officials, university administration,
residents of the community, etc…):
Leaders from the non-profit community, along with students and university administration were in attendance
at the Town Hall Meeting. See the list of attendees for more information on the community partners that were in attendance.
Overview of process used to plan and hold the Town Hall meeting:
Please include information such as: who planned the town hall meeting? How were they selected to be involved in the planning? What format was used for the town hall meeting? Who facilitated or spoke at the town hall? What materials were provided before, during and/or after the town hall meeting? Was technology used? Was the town hall in-person or virtual? How were participants invited to the town hall? Other details?
Our series of three Town Hall meetings was truly a combined effort of individuals representing the CSUSM Office of Community Service Learning, Interfaith Community Services, New Haven Youth and Family Services, the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and CSUSM students.
For both the Nov. 5 2009 and Jan. 20 2010 Town Hall gatherings, the staff of Interfaith Community Services took the lead in organizing, promoting, and executing the events. CSUSM’s OCSL staff assisted in the efforts to ensure the five focus areas were addressed, and the Community Partnerships Coordinator Val Knox and the Director of the Office of Community Service Learning Darci Strother both participated on the “experts’ panel” at the Jan. 20 meeting. Thanks to the ongoing encouragement, enthusiasm, and dedication of Suzanne Pohlman (Director, Interfaith Community Services), both events held at this community-partner site drew together leaders of community organizations, including secular and faith-based organizations, in ways that built upon the substantial work already in progress through the Alliance for Regional Solutions Network (http://www.regionalsolutions.net/joomla/).