Helpful Links

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has had the opportunity to work with many different organizations. These links represent a history of the partnership work we’ve done, as well as additional resources that may be of interest.


coMesh: A Visual Mapping of Relationships between University's Students, Faculty/Staff and Community Organizations

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coMesh is an inter-institutional collaboration between San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, University of California at San Francisco, University of San Francisco, the San Francisco City Administrator’s Office, and IQR Consulting with the mutually defined goal of establishing a shared database to promote, develop and coordinate university-community partnerships. Read a description of coMesh.

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CoMesh creates and tracks linkages between higher education faculty, staff, students, affiliates, and community partners connected with each or multiple institutions.

Higher education partners will have the capability to:

  • promote community engagement activities to potential community partner organizations;
  • monitor students’ activities, service hours, and document the details of their community relationships and contributions;
  • search for community engagement projects such as service-learning, internships, and volunteer opportunities and document their hours.

Community partners will be able to:

  • post research, service-learning, internship and volunteer needs;
  • confirm student service hours; and
  • search for higher education entities to engage in collaborations.

CoMesh documents partnerships and relationships, facilitate partnerships, and ultimately improve student learning outcomes, research, and generate tangible community benefits. Because faculty, staff and students can search a comprehensive collection of organization profiles, they can efficiently match their academic discipline and service expectations. As a result, faculty, staff and students will make more and deeper connections with their community experiences.

Community partners and their constituents will receive measurable benefits. Higher education faculty, staff and students can help fulfill nonprofit and government agencies’ service roles and/or complete needed projects; thus supporting or even increasing the organizations’ capacity to provide services. Furthermore, nonprofit organizations and government agencies with connections to higher education may benefit from faculty-led research initiatives that support their community work. More broadly, consortium institutions can share information and opportunities for collaborative efforts to address significant community issues.

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coMesh Powerpoint Presentation

Community Engaged Scholarship

Colorado Immersion Training (CIT) in Community Engagement is a special opportunity for professional and personal development. As a CIT trainee, you learn the fundamentals & benefits of community engagement (CE) and community-based participatory research (CBPR) through multiple venues.

Tips and Strategies for Developing Strong Community Based Participatory Research Proposals

Community Engaged Scholarship Guides and Manuals for Clinicians, Researchers and Community Members

Reports from UC-Wide Symposium on Civic Engagement held June 10, 2005

Campus Community Partnerships for Health

Campus Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a national organization fostering partnerships between communities and educational institutions that build on each other’s strengths and develop their roles as change agents for improving health professions education, civic responsibility and the overall health of communities. CCPH offers resources related to community-engaged scholarship and information about grants and training opportunities. CCPH's Community Engaged Scholarship Toolkit has a wealth of information for faculty about how to document what they are doing in this area for the purposes of promotion and tenure.


Engaging a University in Self-Assessment and Strategic Planning to Build Partnership Capacity: the UCSF Experience, published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, vol 11, no 2 (2006).


Community-University Partnerships to Prevent Street Violence and Promote Resiliency (pdf)

Service Learning

Service Learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation and reflection. Below are resources from the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, Campus-Community Partnerships for Health and other sources on service learning.

Other Sources

Community Engagement Modules

The purpose of these modules is to provide an introduction to community-academic partnerships and to enhance collaborations between communities and UCSF students, faculty, staff, and campus groups. The modules include:

  1. Introduction to Community Engagement
  2. Introduction to San Francisco’s Diverse Communities
  3. Health Communication
  4. Community Assessment
  5. Partnering with UCSF

Each module runs approximately 20-30 minutes. You are welcome to view any or all modules. The first four modules listed above are designed with UCSF learners in mind. The Partnering with UCSF module is designed for community groups/organizations interested in partnering with UCSF.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information contained in the Community Engagement Modules refers to older data which was available at the time of filming in 2012 and 2013.

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Additional Helpful Links

Information Regarding UCSF Student Participation in Health Fairs

UCSF Partners

Community-Based Partners