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Each year UNIFIED WE SERVE centralizes volunteerism within the context of a theme of service. The theme serves a purpose of providing UNIFIED WE SERVE members with an opportunity to spend one year learning about a prevailing issue facing the community. In addition to participating in diverse service projects throughout the year, the theme of service implements target-specific projects to educate our students. Simulations, Activities/Exercises, Trainings, Guest Speakers, Field Trips, and Service Projects are implemented to develop understanding of the target population we work with throughout the year.
UNIFIED WE SERVE has partnered with University 100 to develop each year's theme around the book chosen for the Freshman Common Reading Program in an attempt to bridge Student Affairs with Academic Affairs so that students can learn about an issue from reading the chosen book and apply their learning through a related community service project to enhance the educational process.
Inspired from the book One Amazing Thing by: Chitra Divakaruni, One Amazing Community focuses attention on how members of CSUN and the community at large have turned obstacles into opportunities and the resilience it takes to overcome challenges. Service Projects represent the featured speakers in One Amazing Community that include:
Inspired from the book The Glass Castle by: Jeannette Walls, The EmpoWErment Movement focuses attention on the prevailing issue of homelessness, poverty, trauma, and the resilience it takes to overcome challenges. Service Projects include:
Inspired from the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by: Mark Haddon, UNIFIED4AUTISM focuses attention on the prevailing issue of Autism and Health. Service Projects include:
Inspired from the book The Soloist by: Steve Lopez, Project: Reduce Poverty (Fall 2009) & Project: E.L.I.T.E. (Every Life Improved Through Education) (Spring 2010) focuses attention on the prevailing issue of Poverty/Homelessness and Education. Service Projects include: