CILSA connects community partners (nonprofits and schools) with faculty and students for potential service-learning and community-based research projects.

Community Partner FAQ's:

What is CILSA?

 CILSA is not a volunteer service office. It IS a place where partners can find  ways to work with SMC students through academic courses in which they're enrolled. Community partners can work with faculty teaching these courses to plan what type of service students can provide during an academic term. This service can take many forms, including: direct service, indirect service, advocacy, policy and research assistance.

CILSA staff can also help community partners connect with other SMC campus resources, such as the Career Development Center which coordinates paid and unpaid internships and jobs.

How can I start working with CILSA and faculty and students at SMC?

Contact Sarah Dempsey, CILSA's Coordinator of Engaged Teaching & Learning, at sdd4@stmarys-ca.edu, about your organization's interest in partnering with the College.

Before doing so, consider checking out this short video about partnering with SMC for service-learning and community-based research projects.  These worksheets go with the video to help you brainstorm your organization's goals and needs.

Attend our Community Partner Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014!

How have SMC students and faculty partnered with community organizations?

Check out some sample projects.

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