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

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

    • Research recent dating and domestic violence incidents
    • Engage in a social media campaign focusing on solutions to the issue
    • Create public service announcements and videoclips to promote safety within relationships
    • Support local, national, and global efforts to address food insecurity and end hunger
    • Help maintain urban gardens
    • Sort and pack food supplies for distribution
    • Support inter-faith community organizing for Miami-Dade's largest grassroots assembly
    • Help to seek commitments to affordable housing, community identification, and improved Adult Civil Citation by local policymakers
    • Assist Church World Service with the resettlement of refugees
    • Tutor and mentor recently resettled refugees
    • Tutor elementary and middle-grades students
    • Mentor community youth
    • Host enrichment activities for community youth
    • Participate in legislative advocacy training with Florida Rising
    • Contact legislators regarding funding for Miami-Dade schools
  • 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.

Newsletter

  • Community Engagement

    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

    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.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News April 25, 2022

    Members of the Faculty Learning Community for Engaged Scholarship are winners of top faculty awards for this year.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News April 18, 2022

    Amanda Gonzalez Garcia and Joseph Minani are the winners of this year’s Community Impact Award.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News April 11, 2022

    A group of Barry students and staff members support a campaign to end the modern-day enslavement of farmworkers.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News April 04, 2022

    Three Barry Service Corps members take the top prizes in this year’s Community Engagement Poster Competition.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News March 28, 2022

    Who will win the top prize in the Community Engagement Poster Competition this year? The prize winners will be announced during this Wednesday’s Community Engagement Symposium.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News March 21, 2022

    Undergraduates may still submit poster competition entries showing how their civic engagement balanced community impact with student learning outcomes. The prizes are attractive.

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