1. CSUSM Town Hall Survey

Between November 2009 and January 2010, the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) partnered with Interfaith Community Services, New Haven Youth and Family Services, and the Alliance for Regional Solutions, to conduct Town Hall Meetings. The purpose of these Town Hall meetings was to explore and take stock of current regional resources and needs related to five key areas: food security, mental and physical health, education, housing/shelter, and financial literacy. The information gathered will be used to help the OCSL at CSUSM to target more strategically where and how students can better serve the community as part of their academic learning. Additionally, the information and discussions will contribute, through the CSU Chancellor’s Office, to statewide development of initiatives to better channel higher education students’ service to meet community needs.

The initial gathering took place on November 5, 2009 at Interfaith Services in Escondido. This meeting helped determine the level of interest among leaders of community organizations to engage in Town Hall dialogues centering on these topics.

The second gathering was held on the CSUSM campus, on Jan. 13, 2010. This event was professionally facilitated, and involved participants meeting in break-out groups, as well as a whole-group Town Hall discussion.

The third gathering took place on Jan. 20, 2010, at Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. This meeting featured a panel of expert speakers, chosen to represent the 5 primary Town Hall focus areas. Participants engaged in a question & answer period following the speakers' presentations.

* 1. Please indicate which Town Hall session(s) you attended.

* 2. Please indicate which of the Town Hall focus areas are most relevant for your organization. Check all that apply.

* 3. Please briefly describe the type of organization you represent and the type(s) of services provided (ex. a faith-based organization providing services for newly-arrived immigrants). If your organization offers more services than can be listed, please provide several representative examples.

* 4. What do you feel were the strengths of the Town Hall meeting(s) you attended? What did you benefit from the most?

* 5. Do you have any suggestions for improving the Town Hall meetings?

* 6. Please indicate something concrete that you learned or walked away with from the Town Hall meeting(s) you attended.

* 7. If a Town Hall meeting were to be held in the future, how interested would you be in attending?

* 8. What suggestions do you have for "next steps"? Have you taken any "next steps" yourself as a result of the Town Hall opportunities to network with colleagues and discuss issues?

* 9. Please also use the space below to provide your feedback on any aspect of the Town Hall meetings, or overall initiative, that might not have been elicited through the other survey questions.

* 10. Comments made on this survey could be useful in the reports to the CSU Chancellor's Office, participating community organizations, CSUSM faculty, and others. Please indicate below your preference on how we utilize your comments.