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#033--October 25, 1999
Contact: Merrik Bush-Pirkle
phone: 415/338-1665

South Africans visit SFSU to examine how college students learn
through community service

San Francisco, C.A., October 25,1999-- A delegation from South Africa arrives today for a week-long visit of San Francisco State University's community service learning programs. The visit is part of the South African "Community / Higher Education Strategic Partnership" initiative which seeks to engage South African higher education institutions in the reconstruction and develop-ment of South African civil society, with the goal of bridging the gap between universities and the communities in which they are located.

Teams from eight South African universities have been paired with eight American universities, all of which have excellent community service learning programs. SFSU will host the team from the University of the Western Cape, an historically black college located in Cape Town.

The visiting South African team includes the vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, a faculty member from the university's department of nursing, the director of a local health clinic, a community member and the principal researcher for this initiative. The week's agenda includes visits to project SHINE, a program where SFSU students help senior immigrants meet citizenship requirements; the Bay Area Homelessness Program; SFSU's Whirlwind Wheelchair International; and various tutoring locations staffed by SFSU students enrolled in AmeriCorps, a national service program.

The South African team will also meet with faculty from SFSU's Black Studies Department and members of SFSU's Office of Community Service Learning.

NOTE: For information on the agenda of the South African team, contact Emily Samose at the Office of Community Service Learning, 415/338-6846.


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