Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Celebrate César Chávez Day - March 31

César E. Chávez was an American labor leader, community organizer, and Latino American civil rights activist. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later merged to become the United Farm Workers (UFW) union.

Virtual Tour of the César E. Chávez National Monument

Visit the César E.Chávez Foundation Website

Listen to Audio from the Farm Worker Movement Documentation Project

Hold a Virtual Movie Night and Stream the Movie (need Starz subscription) "César Chávez"

Download on Audible (not free) "The Crusades of César Chávez" by Miriam Pawel


Connect with Community

As we face challenging times ahead, let's use this time to reconnect virtually with our colleagues and community. The Office of Community Engagement is putting together some resources and online sessions to help in these times of higher stress and feelings of isolation.

Community Engagement and COVID-19 Preparedness

CSUN leadership and emergency operations team have been meeting regularly to monitor and plan for COVID-19/Coronavirus and the safety of the campus community and our community partners. We will have more detailed information soon. For faculty teaching a community-based (service-learning)course, students enrolled in a community-based (service-learning) course, or a CSUN community partner with any concerns, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at (818) 677-7395 or email us at


For more information visit the CSUN COVID-19 page.



The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity. It can involve partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems and serve as catalysts for initiating and/or changing policies, programs, and practices.

Learn more about different terminology used in Community Engagement here.

The Office of Community Engagement at CSUN enhances academic experiences through community-based (service learning), engaged research and sustained partnerships within the San Fernando Valley, the greater Los Angeles Area and beyond.

The Office of Community Engagement—based on the principles of reciprocity, civic responsibility, and democratic values—seeks to:

  1. Enrich scholarship and enhance the curriculum for students, faculty, and staff
  2. Create high impact, community-based academic experiences
  3. Sustain reciprocal community and academic partnerships between CSUN and the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area communities
  4. Prepare educated, engaged citizens to become lifelong, civically minded learners and leaders 

We want to hear about your community needs, projects, or your ideas for impacting our community. 
Tell us about your experience working with the community and how we can help!

Email us at: communityengagement@