• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Finally, you can manage your Google Docs, uploads, and email attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) in one convenient place. Claim a free account, and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) can automatically organize your content for you.


St Marys College of California

Page history last edited by Damali Burton 7 years, 9 months ago





Saint Mary's College of California

1928 Saint Mary's Road

Moraga, CA 94556




SMC's foundation is built on the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719), founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers. Saint Mary's Lasallian Mission is shared by students, Christian Brothers, faculty and staff in 82 countries around the globe.  


Together we strive to understand and live by the 5 Lasallian Core Principles:


1) Quality Education

2) Concern For The Poor & Social Justice

3) Inclusive Community

4) Respect For All Persons

5) Faith In The Presence of God 




Service & Learning




 Hours of Service-Learning & Community-Based Research



Hours of Americorps Students Working in the Community



Hours in Group Service Projects



Number of Community Partners



Number of Service-Learning & CBR Courses



Number of Participating Faculty

Then: 4 ....Now 29

Number of Academic Departments

Then: 2 ....Now 14




Location: about 40 minutes east of San Francisco, CA

Enrollment: 2500 undergraduates & 1500 graduate students

Other interested tidbits: CILSA is celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2009-2010 academic year.  CILSA will be hosting a Student Leadership & Social Justice Conference Head, Heart, & Hands: Engage for Change on Saturday, October 17, 2009.  Wayne Meisel will be one of the keynote speakers.  


facebook group: CILSA @ SMC

facebook group: CILSA Alumni of SMC

Youtube channel: stmaryscaCILSA



Campus-Wide Center: CILSA (Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action)


Type of Program: Bonner Leaders

Year Began: 2001

Bonner Program Website 

Number Bonner Leaders: 15

Active in Bonner AmeriCorps Ed Award: 8

Active in Learn & Serve: CBR: Yes

Active in FIPSE Civic Ed Certificate/Minor: Yes



President: Brother Ronald Gallagher FSC. Ph.D.

Center Director: Marshall Welch Ph.D.

Bonner Director: Jennifer Pigza Ph.D.

Bonner Coordinator: Damali Burton

Bonner Senior Intern: Iris Rodriguez

Bonner Congress Representative: Jessica Beltran & Ashley Kelley 



MORE ABOUT US (our partners, trips, structure, best or unique practices)



Over the course of the past 11 years, CILSA has established itself on campus as a vital part of the Saint Mary’s experience.  Some student leaders work with directors of non-profit organizations in the community outside of regular class work.  Other students work with faculty members who teach courses where learning takes place in the real world.  At first blush it is easy to recognize the benefit of direct service these students provide.  What is equally important but less evident is the leadership and civic development that occurs when students take a major role and responsibility in their service and learning experiences.  As research has documented, this type of engaged learning prepares students to be good citizens in a just and democratic society.  In this way, CILSA plays an important role in transforming the lives of students who will be the business and civic leaders of tomorrow.  Faculty members continue to go above and beyond the traditional call of academic duty to create and deliver innovative courses that challenge students.  These courses not only include service, but ample opportunities for critical thinking and reflection.  All of this takes additional time, energy, and resources revealing a true commitment on the part of students and faculty.


Likewise, the work of CILSA staff goes beyond impacting students, faculty, and the local community by continuing to garner national and local attention.  Once again, Saint Mary’s College was included on the President’s Community Service Honor Roll.  CILSA staff continues to make significant contributions to the field through national presentations, publications, and consulting.  Associate Director, Dr. Jennifer Pigza published a monograph on community-based research in partnership with the Nation Community-Based Research Networking Initiative at Princeton University.  CILSA staff member, Ryan Lamberton took a leading role in organizing and convening the second annual regional student leadership conference on social justice hosted a UC Berkeley.  Jumpstart Manager, Alicia Torres, was invited to demonstrate the use of new Jumpstart curriculum to colleagues at a national training workshop.  Beth Hampson is using her masters thesis in collaboration with the SMC Office of Institutional Research to study the impact service-learning on students’ personal, civic, and faith development.  And finally, I was privileged to participate on a national round table discussion with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Global Perspectives Initiatives to draft a formal report to the U.S. Department of Education on how to promote civic engagement in the undergraduate college experience. 


Other highlights: Summer Fellowship Programs


RECOGNITION (Community Engagement)


Listed in USA Today as one of the twenty colleges most committed to community service.


Among Top 17 Colleges Recognized for Community Service By President Obama


In 2010-2011, approximately 40% of the student body engaged in service, and of those students, over 50% made at least a semester-long commitment.  Also in 2010-2011, 25% of SMC Federal Work Study Funds went to students who were engaged in community service. 


CILSA achieved national recognition on behalf of Saint Mary’s College this year. First, Saint Mary’s was named to the The Carnegie Foundation program, Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which honors leading schools in the service learning field. Saint Mary’s sought and received the competitiveCommunity Engagement Classification Award in December,  2008.  From across the United States, 119 colleges and universities were recognized, following a rigorous selection criteria. The foundation created its 2008 community engagement classification of schools based on applications and documentation substantiating the extent of an institution’s community engagement at local, regional, national or international levels.  Curricular Engagement includes institutions where teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.  


Saint Mary’s College was also included on The Honor Roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.


St Marys College of California-2009 Annual Report 









Click here to complete next wiki-based portion of Annual Report



Serve 2.0

  • Staff Point Person for project:  name - email
  • Student Point Person for project:  name - email
  • Planning to submit mini-grant proposal:  yes - no
  • Bonner Program or Campus-Wide Wiki status:  just utilizing campus profile wiki-just to upload campus annual report, just rebuilt the CILSA website, will put a link to the Bonner wiki.
  • Participating in Bonner Video Project:  yes
    • Student BVL (Bonner Video Liaison) contact info posted on link: Damaris Nielson, DJ Bowen, Bonner Video Liaisons
    • Need a Flip Cam? (we can provide one per campus): no, they do have a flip cam and a camcorder that they utilize
  • See useful links:  Serve 2.0 Resource Wiki   |   Mini-Grant RFP

Her impression of this project was that it was optional-us looking for volunteers to be a part of it. Don't have staff capacity at the moment. Will look at incorporating students to take the lead on utilizing these tools. 

Just had an inauguration event-500 people came



  • Using BWBRS 3.0: yes, Ryan has been working with them throughout the month, user feedback: pretty user friendly; has been some grumbling about CLA
  • Need for additional training: no
  • See useful links:  BWBRS 3.0 Help Guide


Bonner AmeriCorps

  • Please list the contact information of the staff and student interns who manage your AmeriCorps Paperwork:Ryan Lamberton, one senior intern: Tiffany Hickey, tlh1@stmarys-ca.edu
    • Note:  due to the audit and the transition to BWBRS 3, all current AmeriCorps Managers will be scheduled for an AmeriCorps Management Training for 2009 within the first few weeks of the semester. Please schedule this phone call with your Foundation Program Associate as soon as possible: Will get back to us by the end of the week, shooting for the 3rd week of February.
  • Spring Enrollments 2009:  Please complete this survey right away: AmeriCorps Survey
  • Please note: This survey is for the Spring semester slots only. It does not matter if your campus had previously requested slots and have "left overs." Please fill out this survey to specify how many members your campus will enroll this semester. If you do not want slots, they should fill it in with zeroes. We will be sending out a Summer and Fall request as well, so this is only for this semester. 

*Have one student for the spring, one student who is exiting early due to financial constraints.

Federal work study was cut by 40%. 

Sent a packet to us today-the last of all the Fall paperwork. Will be more timely this spring.

Concerned about slots-being sure that we can provide them to students they have recruited

Within the month, will make choices about the size of the program next year. August 25th start date?


Issue-Based Research

  • What issue(s) working group will your campus focus on (in preparation for SLI 2009)? 
  • Specific topic for issue brief (see Research Guide for help to work with partner in defining):  
    • Homelessness and Hunger (define by February)-transition housing development (retired naval base) Oxfam Hunger Banquet in Fall, Run in Spring
  • Lead contact people for project (staff and/or students, community partner agency):
    • Ryan Lamberton, Community Engagement Coordinator, (925) 631-4015, rml4@stmarys-ca.edu
    • Kristy Wayne, Campus Bonner Leader, (925) 631-4975, kcw1@stmarys-ca.edu
    • Coutney Neal, Campus Bonner Leader, (925) 631-4975, cin1@stmarys-ca.edu
    • Will there be funding to assist their travel to SLI? The budget cuts have really affected the program. Not certain how many people they could fund to go to SLI. 
  • See useful links:  PolicyOptions Wiki   |  Campus Implementation Guide


General Support:

Annual Report: just sent it in the mail (probably will see it on Wednesday). SILA annual report. Includes update on students from Fall semester.

Economic Crisis Influences-community partners, work-study

Programmatically it is going very well!! High compliments to Ryan.

This Saturday, there is some excitement for the UC berkeley annual leadership symposium (75 Bonners from 5 schools-UC Davis, Berkeley, UC Davis, UNM). Will hear best practices and build relationships. They are preparing 3-5 minute presentation for who SILSA Bonners are. 1st time to have so many of the students to meet each other. Mike Bishop and Ryan spearheading this event.


Jennifer will be coming for the Princeton CBR meeting.


1/28 discussion with Mike Bishop about the event:

The West Coast Bonner Event will take place this Saturday, the 31st. It is a one day event tagged onto the Leadership Symposium that Calcorps started 6 years ago. Now one of their sister campuses leads it. They are incorporating this event into that symposium. The symposium is also the same day (one day event).
Time: 9am to 4pm at UC Berkeley, The Center for Student Leadership. 
It is a student planned symposium. They invited Wayne to speak last year and mentioned it to him at the Director's meeting for this year. 
Bonners attending (72)
St. Mary's-13
Sonoma St-5 (also bringing 12-15 non Bonners to the event)
UC Davis-8
UC Santa Cruz-9
U of New Mexico-2
Bonner actually gave some funding for last year's event. They used the carryover for this year's. In fact, Bonner funding is paying for 90% of the reg fee.
The symposium's link is: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~leadsymp/



Student Leadership Planning:

 Click here for Congress Leadership Plans:

StMarys Congress Action Planning



Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.