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For Service Learning Providers/Community Partners

Welcome Community Partners!

This site is a one-stop shop to on-board you to creating and listing your service learning opportunity for our CSUSM students.

  • Review the Service Learning Community Partner handbook, along with the resources below. 
  • View our events page to learn about opportunities for Commmunity Partners to engage with our SL community.
  • Review the Database to ensure your Site Information, Contact Information, and Opportunities are up to date.

Service Learning Opportunities Database 

Reach out to the Department of Service Learning with any questions or to request a consultation. We are happy to brainstorm with you service project ideas. Email us at

What is Service Learning?

Service learning incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. As a Community Partner, you play an essential role as co-educator in our students’ Service Learning classes. 

How Do Students Benefit from Service Learning?

  • Learning outcomes—deeper understanding of course material, positive impact on student engagement, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Personal outcomes—enhances leadership, collaboration, communication skills.
  • Social outcomes—appreciation of diversity, cultural competence, empathy, civic engagement

How Do Community Partners Benefit?

  • By educating students about current issues that impact
    the community and inspiring the next generation of community leaders.
  • Extra hands to support the important work you do.
  • Developing relationships with CSUSM and other Community Partners.
  • Increasing visibility of your organization on campus and in the community.
  • Energy and enthusiasm of student volunteers who may be inspired by your mission and carry it forward in their future lives and careers.
  • College students can become positive role models for organizations working with under served youths.
  • Creating connections with students for long-term volunteering or hiring.
  • Opportunities for your organization to collaborate in faculty research.

Who Are Our Students?

  • About 60% of our students are female and 40% male.
  • 47% identify as Hispanic/Latinx, 27% as white, 8.7% as Asian, 3% as Black.
  • Approximately 11% are military-connected students.
  • 31% are first-generation college students in their family.
  • The average age is 22.7, though ages can range from 17 to mid-sixties.
  • Our students are extremely busy! Many hold full-time or part-time jobs. Others juggle school with work and parenting. 

Applying for a Community Partnership

At CSUSM, we are invested in the practice of our community partners being co-educators. This approach requires a relationship between the university and the community organization in which both are active participants in the Service Learning experience.

Your application will be reviewed within 3-5 business days and you will be contacted directly upon completion of this step. If you already have a current university community partnership agreement with us and want to submit a new service learning opportunity, please complete the New Service Learning Opportunity Form

The New Service Learning Opportunity Form should be filled out by a Community Partner ONLY. Students who complete the form, will have their request DENIED.
  • Step 1: Submit an Application for a University Partnership

    This form should be filled out by a Community Partner ONLY. Students who complete the form, will have their request DENIED.

    Complete the Request to Initiate Partnership form online.  To process your application in a timely manner, please ensure to answer all questions thoroughly. Please note your “Main Contact” information will be listed in the database for our students and faculty to view as the point of contact for your organization. If your application is on behalf of a pre-selected student, please indicate in the application. 

  • Step 2: Sign a University Community Partnership Agreement
    The application will be reviewed and, upon approval, a University Community Partnership Agreement will be sent to your organization to review and sign. The agreement will be valid for 5 years. Your organization and service learning information will be uploaded to the Service Learning Database for our students  and faculty to review upon receiving your signed agreement.  

To ensure your Service Learning opportunity is posted in a timely manner, please submit a request at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

CSUSM Virtual Campus Announcement

Due to current COVID-19 Federal, State and County restrictions, we strongly recommend offering virtual service learning opportunities, if possible. The Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement is here to assist you in regard to best practices in creating virtual service learning opportunities. When your organization is able to offer an on-site service learning opportunity, CSUSM students may participate in on-site or service learning activities in the State of California provided the student and the organization follow current Federal, State, and County public health guidelines effective May 19, 2020. Organizations will be required to submit evidence they are in compliance with public health guidelines.  

Fall 2022 Events

Thurs. November 3 at 12 PM

  • Kellogg Library 5th Floor Reading Room at Cal State San Marcos
  • Meet and mingle with some of our amazing faculty to chat about Service Learning opportunities and project collaborations for your organization!
  • RSVP to Attend the Fall 2022 Mixer

Fall Faculty and Community Partner Mixer

Additional Resources