The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning operates under the knowledge that students realize unique personal, professional and academic benefits when involved in service to others. This knowledge is consistently supported by research on student learning and development. The Richter Center seeks to expand the culture of service at the university, ensuring that all Fresno State students take advantage of the opportunities afforded them through service.
It would not be possible to nurture a culture of service without the involvement of faculty and staff members. Our community partners are also vital. However, we recognize that students are first and foremost in this endeavor.
In line with the mission and vision of the California State University System, California State University, Fresno, seeks to be an institution fully engaged with our community. Leading that effort, the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning seeks to become one of the premier community service-learning programs in the nation.
The Director of the Richter Center reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This reporting structure reflects the academic nature of Richter Center programs and the fact that the Center’s programs serve the entire campus.
The Richter Center works closely with other programs and departments at Fresno State that are also involved in community engagement and service efforts. These include, but are not limited to: American Humanics, Career Services, Division of Student Affairs, Financial Aid, the Community Service Scholarship Program, and the Scholars Service Grants project.