Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE)

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Welcome to the Institute For Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE)

Learning together. Creating positive change.


Social justice seeks transformation of society at local, national, and global levels. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for San Francisco State University faculty and students to become aware of, and address issues of social justice through community service learning and civic engagement. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the knowledge and assets of diverse communities.


ULink49 - Our New Web Platform

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(To register or log-in ULink49, click here.)

ULink49 Our New Web Platform for Community Partners, Faculty, and Students. U Link49 is a new web-based system for community engagement opportunities (volunteer positions, internships, and community service learning placements). This web-based database creates and tracks linkages between faculty, students, and community partners connected with each or multiple institutions.


Community Partners will be able to:

-Post research, service-learning, internship and volunteer needs.

-Confirm student service hours.

-Search for faculty to engage with in partnerships.


Faculty will have the capability to:

-Promote their service-learning courses to potential partner organizations.

-Monitor students’ service hours.

-Keep the details of their community relationships and contributions.


Students will be able to:

-Search for service-learning projects, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

-Document their service hours.



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2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction to San Francisco State University.


May 12, 2012 -- The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, has selected San Francisco State University to receive the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.


Nationally, 110 colleges and universities are being recognized with the Honor Roll with Distinction for their strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service. In 2010, San Francisco State was one of six universities nationwide to receive the Presidential Award. We are a "valued community partner, applying faculty expertise and student energy to research and projects that address our region's most pressing concerns. Our students contribute nearly 2 million hours of community service a year," to the Bay Area and global community said retired President Robert A. Corrigan.


What is the Institute’s definition of Civic Engagement?

“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.  It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”  ~Thomas Ehrlich, 2000



Carnegie Foundation:

In 2006, San Francisco State was on of 62 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement, Outreach & Partnerships classification, which recognizes SF State's dedication to community service learning and to collaborative partnerships that are mutually beneficial to scholarship and to the community.



CSL at SF State During 2012-2013 Academic Year

7 - Colleges

47 - Departments

270 - Faculty

451 - CSL Course Sections

8,670 -Students Enrolled in CSL Courses

232,237 -Students CSL Hours (Estimate - 58hrs Average per Student)

134,385 - Clients Served (Estimate)


$2.3 Million - Value of Services to San Francisco Bay Area communities at the City of SF 2010 minimum wage of $9.92 per hour.




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