Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI)

Barry University

Center for Community Service Initiatives About the CCSI

The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is Barry University’s clearinghouse for community engagement information, resources, and opportunities. Offering a variety of programs and services, the CCSI organizes, coordinates, and promotes community engagement activities among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. The CCSI also plays a major role in promoting personal and social responsibility through experiential learning as part of Barry’s current Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

Specific functions of the CCSI are as follows: Community engagement program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; coordination of service-learning, including service-learning designation; faculty professional development in service-learning and community-engaged scholarship; student civic learning and leadership development; coordination and development of University–community partnerships; and coordination of community engagement awards and public recognition.

About Us Frequently Asked Questions

72% of Barry students are currently involved in community engagement programs such as service-learning, community-based research, and community-focused capstones.

Community Impact

Barry students have been helping to create community impact—many through the Barry Service Corps (BSC). Some of the students have been featured in Community Engagement News, the newsletter produced by the CCSI. The BSC fosters civic leadership and commitment to service by providing meaningful opportunities for students to support local agencies and institutions working to address social concerns. 

BSC members become acquainted with issues affecting neighborhoods and gain experience implementing projects based on approaches used by community partners. “Students Contributing to Community Impact.” the feature stories, may be downloaded for each student:

Read Student Feature Stories


Definition of Service-Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates relevant community service with coursework and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience, foster social responsibility and civic engagement, and strengthen communities.
coursework (academic content) + collaborative service + critical reflection = service-learning

Designated Service-Learning Courses

For Students: As part of some courses you are taking, you may be required to provide service to the community, most often through community partner organizations. You will reflect on your service experience in the context of the coursework. An increasing number of courses carry the service-learning designation in the catalog and course schedule. The designation will be indicated on your official transcript.

For Faculty: The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is inviting faculty members whose courses include a service-learning component to apply for the “SL” designation. Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year. Sections of courses, internships, practicum assignments, field education, capstones, community-based research, and similar community-focused or community-based experiences may be designated as service-learning. For detailed information on the service-learning designation requirements, contact Dr. Glenn Bowen in the CCSI via email at For a current list of SL-designated courses, click “Learn More” below.

Learn More

Service-Learning Modules

The CCSI has developed several service-learning modules in support of community engagement and student success. Service-learning opportunities are currently organized within four modules: (1) Food Security, (2) People Power, (3) Supporting Refugees and Displaced People, and (4) Youth Development. Each 10-hour module consists of an orientation session, collaborative service, and critical reflection.

  • Soup

    Food Security

    • Support local, national, and global efforts to address food insecurity and end hunger
    • Help with the maintenance of urban gardens
    • Sort and pack food supplies for distribution to people experiencing food insecurity

    Contact: Mia Hunt, 

  • Activist

    People Power

    • Support interfaith, grassroots community organizing
    • Help community partner seek local policymakers’ commitments to addressing current priority issues
    • Explore the intersection of environmental economic and health issues in neighborhoods surrounding Barry’s main campus

    Contact: Dr. Valerie Scott,

  • Refugee

    Supporting Refugees and Displaced People

    • Assist Church World Service with refugee resettlement (including sorting/preparing donations of food, clothes, and household supplies)
    • Support families in learning English and navigating public/social systems
    • Facilitate activities for youth

    Contact: Dr. Heather Johnson Desiral,

  • Help

    Youth Development

    • Contribute to initiatives designed to improve equity and well-being of youth
    • Facilitate mentoring and enrichment activities for community youth
    • Introduce middle- and high-school students to the college experience

    Contact: Dr. Valerie Scott,

Collaborative Service Opportunities

Collaborative opportunities for direct and indirect service benefiting the community at large, or specific community organizations, may be found via GivePulse, the community engagement portal. Please log in with your Barry username and password.



Community engagement platform: Opportunities for volunteer service, service-learning projects, and other community engagement opportunities! Click here

Events & Programs


  • Community Engagement News February 06, 2023

    Barry graduate students and faculty members will make presentations on community engagement topics at several conferences this year. The conferences will be in regional, national, and international settings.

  • Community Engagement News January 30, 2023

    The statewide ban on AP African American Studies is “a bizarre, draconian attack ... on progress” in our society, and it reflects the continued tendency of people in power to “pick on people seen as the weakest among us.”

  • Community Engagement News January 17, 2023

    Students, faculty, and staff will roll out the welcome mat for recently resettled refugees at an on-campus event that will emphasize Barry University’s commitment to social justice.

  • Community Engagement News January 09, 2023

    As part of a communication course last semester, undergraduates explored the principles of advocacy and practiced being advocates in “real-world” contexts, particularly at the local level.

  • Community Engagement News January 02, 2023

    Major events on this semester’s community engagement calendar include a symposium, an awards ceremony, two days of service, and public forums.

  • Community Engagement News December 12, 2022

    “The Fierce Urgency of Now” will be the theme of Barry University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service next month.

  • Community Engagement News December 05, 2022

    Food and cleaning supplies donated by the Barry University community in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian have been delivered to a disaster response coordination agency in Southwest Florida.

  • Community Engagement News November 28, 2022

    Church World Service Miami hosted a Thanksgiving celebration for recently resettled refugees—with a little help from Barry students, faculty, and staff.

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