Blog: Social Responsibility: Strengthening Communities and Engaging Students

What is Social Responsibility and why should it matter to you?

Social responsibility is a practice and concept that contributes to the sustainable development of society. Though social responsibility, one can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for all. Social responsibility impact can occur equally on a local scale with surrounding neighborhood communities and on a global scale. Additionally, it can create alliances and partnerships that address various topics such as charitable initiatives, environmental effects, human rights, health and safety, support of economic development.

Social responsibility leads to the improvement in quality of life

The effect is to achieve a positive impact by improving the life and quality of individuals, families, and the general welfare of society as a whole. In the past decade, there has been a dramatic transition and growth of social responsibility within the corporate sector as well as education, government, non-profit and more, in the level of commitment of contributions to making people’s lives better by way of philanthropy and volunteer efforts to enhance all aspects of the local community and the broader society. Therefore, if it is our belief and desire to live in a better, giving and healthier world, we all should be conscious not only about personal but also about social responsibility.

What is community colleges’ role in social responsibility?

Within the academic community, there is an imperative need to help students making a better future for themselves. Last year, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, a nonprofit research center, released a report detailing a survey of 43,000 students at dozens of two-year community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

Among the 4-year college and university students:

  • Almost 39% said they had experienced some form of housing insecurity
  • 9% reported being homeless in the past year

Among community college students:

  • 46% reported housing insecurity
  • 12% reported homelessness.

In California, the numbers were even more severe:

  • Almost 20% of community college students have experienced homelessness.
  • 1 in 5 students is essentially homeless while trying to strive for a better future for themselves

Today’s community college students require some basic need for assistance. Half of California’s community college students struggle to have the essentials of daily living, to buy food, and a majority have trouble paying the rent, facing a homelessness crisis and housing crisis. For those who make their way into college and who work hard, they should be able to have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and become successful.

Learn how to give back to Coastline College by contacting the Coastline Foundation.

Showing compassion as a community

As a society, we need to show compassion and caring for this community of people who are trying to build a better life and future for themselves while at the same time struggling with hardships and difficult issues of daily life. Social responsibility is about connecting students with the assistance they need. Later, these students may be more inclined to contribute back to the society that helped them acquire an education and work skills.

In a recent study by the Chronicle for Higher Education, students at community colleges are much more likely than their peers at universities to be struggling with mental illnesses but are much less likely to have access to mental health services.

Research shows:

  • 23% of community college students experience severe depressive symptoms compared to 11% at four-year institutions
  • Community college students are also more likely to struggle with balancing time, finances and family pressures.
  • Commuter students are more vulnerable to having their problems go unnoticed.
  • As a result, it is imperative to expand access to mental and behavioral health supports for these student communities.

According to Wikipedia, social responsibility is an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organization, business, or individual has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. It is the principle of conducting purposeful productive relationships in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner and weaving this principle into the intrinsic fabric of each collaborative alliance. Social responsibility is vital and should play a great role in every sphere of our life and local community engagement is one of the key mainstays of social responsibility.

Coastline supports students through social responsibility initiatives

Giving is inspirational. These reciprocal partnerships and alliances supporting Coastline students and education through their social responsibility initiatives and programs are not only beneficial but fundamentally crucial to facilitate the sustainable development and future of our Coastline student community.

Coastline College values the significance of this responsibility. The college is exceptionally supportive of its students, community, and recognizes the essential important relationships and partnerships that have been established between the college, and local government, corporations, nonprofits and other philanthropic entities. As a result of the collective effort with these various institutions and their leaders, Coastline College is able to provide the quality services and academic programs to its students and the surrounding community. Coastline continues to maintain exceptional and unique relationships with these entities and grateful for their sponsorship and funding.

Interested in learning more about social responsibility? Check out Coastline College’s Social Responsibility Luncheon Summit.