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.


  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News January 18, 2022

    Service-Learning Faculty Fellowships available for next academic year ● Course instructors may apply for the service-learning designation at any time ● Students, faculty, and staff urged to submit Symposium session presentation proposals ● Deadline for submitting Community Engagement Awards nominations is fast approaching ● CCSI urges faculty and students to use community engagement platform

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News January 10, 2022

    Faculty may assign students to service-learning projects through five social justice-focused modules ● Student Poster Competition scheduled as part of annual Community Engagement Symposium ● Deadline for submitting Community Engagement Awards nominations is Friday, January 28 ● Barry faculty members contribute to latest issue of community engagement research journal

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News January 03, 2022

    Barry University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January 15 ● Deadline for submission of Community Engagement Awards nominations is Friday, January 28 ● Proposals for presentations at Community Engagement Symposium should be submitted by January 28 ● New facilitator for Federal Work-Study Community Service Program

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News December 13, 2021

    Students rally in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program ● Afghan refugees receive a warm welcome and more from a School of Education group ● Typography students bring early holiday cheer to nursing home residents ● Cristo Rey Miami High School is Barry’s newest community partner.

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement News December 06, 2021

    Barry’s continued commitment to community engagement is emphasized ● The Faculty Learning Community for Engaged Scholarship looks at the ‘anchor institution framework’ ● Typography students are bringing early Christmas cheer to nursing home residents ● Service-Learning is one of the categories of awards for community engagement.

  • 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.

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