About the Center
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   About the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center


Established by Associated Students in July 2005, the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center(CCCAC) at San Jose State University provides a platform that encourages and supports civic engagement and advocacy with hopes to contributing to a more just society and producing the next generation of philanthropist and social justice practitioners.







In 2000, the CSU Board of Trustees passed a resolution calling on the chancellor and each CSU president to “ensure that all students have opportunities to participate in community service, service learning, or both.” This prompted San José State University and many universities of the CSU, to establish Centers for Service Learning.  SJSU launched its Center for Service Learning (CSL) in January 2000 within the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

The Center for Service Learning helps faculty incorporate service-learning into their curriculum and academic lesson plans. When San Jose State University’s Center for Service Learning began facilitating service-learning courses in January 2000, the university campus was soon overwhelmed by calls from community organizations desperate for capable volunteers. A centralized clearinghouse to recruit and place SJSU students to fill the rising demand for off-campus community service was plainly needed.

In response, the Associated Students of San Jose State University provided seed money for the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center in April 2005 to advance the philosophy of service to humanity to which Chavez dedicated his life. Since 2005 the Center for Service Learning has generously provided the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center with space to develop its infrastructure and signature programs. Although separate entities, the Center for Service Learning and the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center continue collaborative efforts to establish a more prominent culture of service at San Jose State University.
  SJSU students, engaged in service, address community needs while enriching their educational experience and fostering civic engagement.


  As an institution of higher-learning, San Jose State University is committed to the education of its students. The Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center maintains that "Real Education Serves Everyone." Student-run, CCCAC programs and services are coordinated by students to mobilize other students in service essential to effective solutions for community partners. Programs and partnerships impact both the community and the student, improving the quality of life in San Jose and strengthening alliances between SJSU and the community, and producing the next generation of philanthropists and civic minded college graduates.