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It has been a year since California lawmakers launched the Human Corps, an exhortation to all students in four-year colleges to perform an average of 30 hours of community service each year. Signed by the governor after overwhelming support in both the Senate and the Assembly, bill AB1820 instructs the two large university systems to tell their students that they are expected, but not required, to give service to their communities. By Operation Civic Service's definition­ but by no means everyone's- "community service" is that service which educates the provider about a persistent social issue while bringing benefits to someone in need. Led by imaginative thinkers, California campuses are currently figuring out how to implement this ethic while doing their everyday work.