About CBL

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The Community-Based Learning Program is housed within the Division of Student Affairs and is a program of the Center for Service and Action. Dr. Lezlee Matthews, director, oversees a four-person team of CBL Student Coordinators. The Student Coordinators support CBL courses in the following ways:

  • Prepare/deliver classroom presentations
  • Manage CBL service agreements, supervisor evaluations and student evaluations
  • Respond to faculty, student and community partner inquiries

Meet the Staff

Dr. Lezlee Matthews, Director

Ph.D., Urban Planning, U.C.L.A.

Experience with Community-Based Learning

My experience in community-based learning stems from my roots as an urban planner and research associate in Los Angeles with The Planning Group and the Community Development Technologies Center.

Following the completion of my doctorate from U.C.L.A.'s School of Public Policy and Social Research, I worked with community-based organizations in the development of board policy and strategic planning. I then directed the African American Resource Center and taught service-learning courses while a member of the African American Studies faculty at California State University, Fullerton.

What is your favorite part about working at CSA?

I enjoy working at the Center for Service and Action because we have the opportunity to interact with and support faculty from various disciplines across campus. It is tremendously rewarding to work with faculty members who are deeply committed to community engagement and their equally engaged students who stretch beyond the geographic and social boundaries to learn in diverse contexts.