Save UC Irvine’s Center for Service in Action

Write a PERSONAL letter to Interim Vice Chancellor Parham
E-MAIL:TO:Dr. Parham (taparham@uci.edu)
CC: Chancellor (chancellor@uci.edu) and EVC (gottfred@uci.edu)

Dear Interim Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham,

My name is *(Insert Name Here )*and I am currently a *(Insert Class level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate)* at UC Irvine. I am writing to express my grievance with the proposed cut of the Center for Service in Action (CSA) and the office losing its space. This office is much more than just a resource for the students, it represents and shows what UCI values as an institution. 

*[Insert how you have PERSONALLY benefited from the programs at CSA]*

The purpose of this office is to promote community engagement and public services. For the 2010-2011 school year, there were over 220+ students who attended volunteer events, 90+ students who attended Alternative Break programs all over California and one in New Mexico. Moreover, there were 300+ students who made their “MLK Day off, a Day On” to serve at the OC Food Bank. The Have-A-Heart Community Service Internship Fair reaches over 2000+ students and plugs them into community service opportunities with 50+ Orange County non-profit organizations. These are just some of the projects presented by the office. This space is needed for planning, establishing, and marketing a myriad of projects. Under Darlene Esparza and Adeli Duron, the Center for Service in Action is completely ran by a group of student interns who share the office with over 50+ service organizations. Together, these interns and organizations collaborate with one another to plan projects educating the importance of public services and contribute to the shaping our students into community leaders.

Our institution is not “leading by example” for other institutions by cutting the CSA. Cutting the funds and space of this office will negatively impact the image of our institution to not only people in the education system, but also students entering our university, and students who currently attend our university. If there is no space for the CSA, there is no space for students to connect and receive resources about community engagement. This cut shows that our university does not put educating the student body on public services as a priority. I know the UCI administration wants to develop student leaders who will outreach to causes bigger than themselves; however, the cut of this office space contradicts those very values and the commitment to the “UCI Value” of empathy set by the Chancellor.

It is crucial that we have not only the programs, but also the space for the Center for Service in Action. It represents our university’s commitment to volunteerism and public services. I urge you to continue funding for the Center for Service in Action, and reconsider your decision to cut such an important resource and space. Thank you for your time.

Best Regards,

(Insert Your Name Here)

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I think it’s sad that budget cuts dilute the university education.

First it was less courses, bigger class size, program cuts and consolidation.

Now it’s closing certain services that is a component of the university education…these are sad times in CA Higher Ed history. As an aspiring student affairs professional, I am disheartened that the UC system particularly UCI is not considering the massive impact of these complementary and at times vital programs to a UC education. In all honestly, my campus involvements has taught me all the valuable skills and  provided me all the necessary experience to be a viable candidate in the working world.  I know the point of me going to college was to get my degree but if all I did was stick with academics I wouldn’t be as skilled and experience as I am. It saddens me that today, I heard that UCI’s Center for Service in Action got completely cut. There’s no funding being allocated and it is being closed down. If it weren’t for such institutions UCI wouldn’t be producing amazing graduates that are leaders in the community. I hope UCI reconsiders this decision because it will make a tremendous impact on the student life at UCI as well as diluting a valuable part of a UC education.