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.

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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.

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    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, 

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    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,

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    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,

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    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.

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

Events & Programs


  • Community Engagement News September 26, 2022

    Effective gun safety laws and gun violence prevention programs are needed urgently, a former legislator has told a campus audience.

  • Community Engagement News September 19, 2022

    The two premier events organized and hosted annually by the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) have been scheduled for the last Wednesday of March.

  • Community Engagement News September 12, 2022

    Barry University will observe Constitution Day this Friday, September 16, with a panel discussion on “The Second Amendment and Gun Control Policies.”

  • Community Engagement News September 06, 2022

    Barry University has been named one of America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting and is now listed on the Washington Monthly’s Student Voting Honor Roll.

  • Community Engagement News August 29, 2022

    Melanie Morejon has contributed to community impact by serving with an organization offering life-changing opportunities to Honduran girls. Read all about it in this issue.

  • Community Engagement News August 22, 2022

    The academic year’s Deliberative Dialogue Series, consisting of four forums, is aimed at fostering resiliency in times of uncertainty.

  • Community Engagement News May 09, 2022

    The year’s highlights include the release of a Faculty Learning Community book on experiential learning and Provost Murray’s appointment of 11 community partners to Barry’s Community Advisory Committee.

  • Community Engagement News May 02, 2022

    Students taking Communication for Social Change focused their advocacy projects on food security, environmental preservation, youth development, and care for homeless persons.

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