President Joseph Subbiondo Writes About Community Engagement in Higher Education for the Huffington PostPosted on Aug 21 2014
CIIS President Joseph L. Subbiondo has written a new blog for The Huffington Post, "Community Engagement and Higher Education," illustrating the ways in which CIIS is applying its learning philosophy to transform our neighborhood, our communities, and the world.
Subbiondo credits California Campus Compact (CACC) with "developing an educational model that seamlessly integrates community engagement into curricular and co-curricular programs and activities" and in doing so, "help[ing] us bridge the unnecessary divide between academic and student affairs to the benefit of students, faculty, and student affairs professionals." CIIS became involved with CACC as we developed an initiative called The Center for Beloved Community, which was named "in honor of the spirit and advocacy of Martin Luther King."
"The initiative commits us to advance a Beloved Community not only in CIIS, but also in the San Francisco Bay Area. CIIS is blessed to be located in a radically changing area of San Francisco. The dynamics of the rapid expansion present us with opportunities and challenges. As high tech and the arts flourish all around us, the underserved need more support and attention lest they be driven out of San Francisco. If we are to be active members of a Beloved Community, we need to provide the space where we can convene the difficult and heartfelt conversations that can lead to the quality of social change that will benefit us all."