CSU Los Angeles NASPA

Mind Matters Town Halls

Findings from Mind Matters Town Halls, Fall 2017

Civic Learning in I.H.E. for the Mind Matters Town Hall I.H.E Courses and Town Hall

  1. Problem Solving Framework
  2. Define the Problem
  3. Generate Evidence
  4. Propose/Consider Solutions
  5. Disseminate Results: Town Hall
  6. Reflect on Civic Aspects of Problem Solving Assignments

How do I.H.E. and Town Hall Connect with this Assignment?

  • Support and Training for the Town Hall Event:
    • I.H.E. Faculty
      • Faculty integrate problem-solving assignments for mental wellness into the I.H.E. course. Then, students attend The Town Hall.
  • Town Hall Table Coaches
    • Table Coaches are trained to facilitate student table groups.
      • Coaches include: Faculty, former Town Hall students, Resident Assistants, Student Life Staff, and Administrators.

Contact Information

Shifra Teitelbaum, EdD
Project Director, Mind Matters Campus Engagement

See the Mind Matters Cal State website for more information

Food and Housing Security Initiatives

Civic Engagement through on-campus, course-based or internship civic learning experiences

  1. Student Internship Program (Marketing, Kinesiology and Nutritional Science, Social Work, Education classes and students)
  2. Student Volunteer Program
  3. Coordinated care with local agencies
  4. Student donation opportunities
  5. Short-term volunteer opportunities
  6. Partnerships with Associated Students Inc.
  7. Campus and community partnerships

Currently developing civic learning outcomes

Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Initiatives Summary:    

Cal State LA Food Pantry  

  1. The Cal State LA Food Pantry (link) is operated through the Division of Student Life. The pantry offers pre-selected and pre-filled bags of non-perishable food items for students to pick-up every Wednesday.  Students are able to to swap 1-2 items as needed. Dietary restrictions are honored upon student request. Each bag is filled with items that follow the MyPlate dietary guidelines and include provisions for multiple meals. Non-perishable food donations are accepted anytime during the week at the CalFresh Outreach Center, Dean of Students Office, and Center for Student Involvement.
  2. The food pantry serves an average of 150 students per week; demand is expected to grow.
  3. The Food Pantry is supervised by professional staff and staffed by student interns and volunteers.    

CalFresh Application Support/Point of Contact  

  • The CalFresh Outreach Center assists students through the CalFresh/Los Angeles County DPSS application process. CalFresh, nationally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, supports the nutritional needs of residents of California in low-income households. 
  • Students eligible to receive CalFresh benefits can purchase food through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT). http://www.calstatela.edu/studentservices/calfresh 
  • An average of 100 CalFresh applications are processed each semester.
  • The CalFresh Outreach Center is supervised by professional staff and staffed by student interns.  

Meal Sharing Program  

  • A pilot meal sharing program will be launched through Housing and Residence Life in spring 2018. Residents will have the opportunity to donate one meal per semester to the Cal State LA Feed the Need program.
  • Opportunities to donate to the Feed the Need program will also be available to the campus community.  

Emergency Housing  

  • An on-campus short term emergency housing program began in spring 2018. Students are able to apply for emergency housing one time per semester. Students will review their application and existing financial resources with the Director of Student Support and discuss additional resources.  If on-campus emergency housing is the best option for the student, they will be permitted to live in emergency housing for up to 14 days. Alternatives include area shelters (we have low cost hotel vouchers).  

Emergency Grants

  • Cal State LA is launching an on-emergency grant program in spring 2018 and students are able to apply for funds one time per semester.
  • Emergency grant applications will be reviewed by the Director of Student Support, Financial Aid and Student Financial Services.
  • Emergency grants are applied to student financial aid accounts and subject to standard federal and state guidelines.  

Emergency Loans  

Food and Housing Security Task Force   

  • In Fall 2016, the Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force was established by President William A. Covino. He recognized that issues of food and housing can have a profound impact on the health and well being of our students, and as a direct corollary, on their academic success and progress toward graduation. The Cal State LA Food and Housing Security Task Force includes Office of the Dean of Students, University Student Union, Student Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, ASI, Financial Aid, EOP, and the Academic Senate.  

CARE Team  

  • The CARE Team is a campus resource for students, faculty and staff who have concerns regarding alarming, problematic, and/or disruptive student behavior. The team responds to non-emergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise to crisis levels.
  • http://www.calstatela.edu/careteam

See the Cal State Food and Housing security website for more information