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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.

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

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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:

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Coursework + Collaborative Service + Critical Reflection = Service-Learning Service Learning

  • 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. Service-learning opportunities are currently organized within the modules outlined below.
  • Click on GIVEPULSE to search for service and engagement opportunities.
  • An increasing number of courses carry the service-learning designation in the catalog and course schedule. The designation is indicated on your official transcript.


  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News November 29, 2021

    Presentation proposals for the Community Engagement Symposium are being accepted ● Four student leaders explain why they engage in community service ● A journal article describes Barry’s social justice-focused civic leadership program ● Community partners attend a professional development workshop on logic models.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News November 22, 2021

    “Some wonderful partnerships” embody Barry’s commitment to social justice and collaborative service ● A public relations course is approved for the service-learning designation ● Volunteers pack 40,000 meals destined mostly for Haiti ● A Barry Service Corps member is contributing to community impact in a special way.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News November 15, 2021

    Students make a difference in the community on Founders’ Day of Service ● President Allen highlights ‘fight for social justice’ exemplified through collaborative service ● Undergraduate Christa Jeanty is contributing to community impact through Easterseals.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News November 08, 2021

    University leaders join faculty in celebrating the publication of experiential learning book ● Barry’s student voting rate increased to just over 63 percent in 2020 ● Barry faculty will be among presenters at two forthcoming conferences ● Community Partnership is one of seven categories of community engagement awards.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News November 01, 2021

    Founders’ Day of Service projects will demonstrate place-based community engagement ● The Campus Democracy Project has been promoting voter education and engagement ● Community Impact is one of seven categories of community engagement awards ● The CCSI calls for symposium presentation proposals.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News October 25, 2021

    Awards for community engagement recognize high achievements and encourage excellence in university–community collaboration. Also, the 2022 Community Engagement Symposium will highlight community impact alongside student learning outcomes.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News October 18, 2021

    Barry students are supporting a Miami-Dade organization committed to tackling serious social issues through “people power.” Also, members of the Faculty Learning Community for Engaged Scholarship will get together on October 28 to celebrate the publication of their book on experiential learning.

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