With humility, gratitude, and excitement, I extend my hand and heart to the incredible leadership of our extraordinary ICCE team. We have made great strides over the last couple of years, and I have gotten quite immersed in my role as faculty director. This forum is another opportunity to connect with all of you as a new year unfolds; as we usher in a new spring semester following MLK Day and enter African American History Month, we remain solid in our values and actions.
I am aware of the fact I stand on the shoulders of giants and follow the path of trailblazers, many of whom I have had the privilege of working alongside, in some capacity. At ICCE, we are building upon a shared commitment to promote nonviolence, healthy relationships, and strong communities locally and around the globe. Especially given the current political, economic and social climate, we must remain resilient and vigilant, yet tenacious in our approach. For me, the word “community” in ICCE, elucidates a magnetic pull towards watching this Institute grow to the next level while absorbing ourselves further in service of advancing social justice both on and off campus.
We hope that ICCE continues to provide you with an effective means to connect and interact with us as well as each other. We offer extraordinary programs and services, and all of you have a great deal to offer one another as well. Inspire, engage, include! From experiential learning and leadership opportunities to community service and engaged research, ICCE offers workshops, shares resources, offers annual mini-grants, co-sponsors events, mentors students, provides faculty development, and much more!
This brings me to offering enthusiastic congratulations to all of this year’s Call to Service award recipients! We received a record number of proposals increasing the competition for funding and making the review process more challenging (and that’s a good thing!). Along these lines, thanks for the innovation you provide with your engaged research and scholarship, keep it up, we encourage more of that as well.
I look forward to continued opportunities to partner with you with a collective spirit to create a shift in new directions for SF State and to influence a new generation of change-makers. As students attempt to shape a harmonious world based on diversity, equity, and integrity—that we all envision—we must be patient, listen more, and provide new tools for success. Once they are guided with confidence, let’s pass the baton and move out of the way!
On behalf of ICCE, thank you for your dedicated support in both enhancing and sustaining civic engagement, service learning, and scholarship across the disciplines. I encourage all of you to constantly follow your heart, take care of yourselves and each other, and partner with us in this work, as a community, moving forward. We welcome your thoughts and ideas and look forward to a meaningful and productive 2019.
With best wishes for a safe & enjoyable spring semester,
Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D., Faculty Director
Institute for Civic & Community Engagement