Students volunteer in garden
Students volunteer in garden

Public Good

At Cal State LA, we are dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. Through our programs, initiatives and volunteer work in our communities, we enrich our city, our region, our state and our world.

IN THE HEART OF LOS ANGELES

Cal State LA’s commitment to uplifting and transforming the economies and social well-being of communities across the region led to an anchor institution designation by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

#1
IN THE NATION
FOR UPWARD MOBILITY

TOP 10
RANKED BY WASHINGTON MONTHLY
FOR SERVICE, RESEARCH
AND SOCIAL MOBILITY

250+
NONPROFIT AND COMMUNITY
PARTNERS

ACADEMICS AND SERVICE

Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good building

Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

Launched in 2014 by President William A. Covino, the center leads Cal State LA’s mission of engagement and public service and oversees innovative and transformative initiatives. 

Student reading to children

Service Learning

Civic engagement and service learning prepare our students to serve the changing needs of a global society. 

I Serve LA Make It Count logo

I Serve LA

The I Serve LA tracker allows Cal State LA to quantify the volunteer hours that students, faculty, staff and alumni collectively contribute to our surrounding communities.

IN THE NEWS

Aerial view of Cal State LA

CAL STATE LA SELECTED AS ANCHOR INSTITUTION FOR NATIONWIDE CUMU INITIATIVE

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities selected Cal State LA as an anchor institution as part of a new effort to uplift and transform the economies and social well-being of communities across the nation.

PURPOSE-DRIVEN PARTNERSHIPS

Children in Achieve LA shirts

COMMUNITY

Achieve LA

A collaboration with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles to help communities prosper and create pathways to higher education.

Professor and student in bioscience lab

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Cal State LA BioSpace 

An initiative to promote a thriving bioscience ecosystem in the heart of Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti speaking to room of people

GOVERNMENT

Civic University 

Developed with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Civic U trains community members to more effectively advocate for their neighborhoods. 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

YMCA of Metro L.A.

Mayor of LA

CUMU

Everytable

Cal State LA Partners Go East LA

LAFC

LAEDC

Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative