2019 Call to Service Grant Recipients

It is with great pleasure that the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement announce the awardees of the 2019 Call to Service Initiative grants. Below are the awardees, listed by category.  Congratulations to all recipients!

Add Service Learning to a Course Grant

College Liberal & Creative Arts

Sarah Crabtree, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of History, HIST 405: Martime History

Dr. Crabtree will increase the scope of prospective project(s), grow the number of students involved, make community partnerships sustainable moving forward, and use the data gathered from course assessment metrics to implement a department-wide program for history majors.

Oscar Guerra, Ph.D., Dept. of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, BECA 360

Dr. Guerra will expand upon BECA 360 Virtual Reality: 360 Video Production with Community Service. This production course will provide the students with an advanced experience in VR:360 production with the opportunity to produce immersive experiences with a strong focus on community service. In collaboration with participating community partners, students will produce 36 immersive experiences, in their efforts to promote their mission.

College of Science and Engineering

Jae Paik, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology, PSY 558 Field Service Seminar / PSY 559 Psychological Field Service

PSY 558/9 is tied to a Psychology Faculty-Led Study Abroad program, which involves an international fieldwork component in Sichuan Province, China that engages students in various educational and psychological field services for local children, family and teachers. Dr. Paik will revamp PSY 558/9 Field Services Seminar/Psychological Field Service and offer the course as a registered service learning course.

College of Health & Social Sciences

Aritree Samanta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, ENVS 224

Dr. Samanta will modify ENVS 224 to include a service learning component. The service-learning component of ENVS 224 in Spring 2019 will be the first step of a multi-semester joint project to conduct a structured program impact evaluation for City Surf Project between Dr. Chaudhuri (Department of Economics) and Dr. Samanta.

Partnerships in Service Learning

College of Business

Anoshua Chaudhuri, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Economics Community Partner: City Surf Project

Dr. Chaudhuri will to continue to develop the mental health impact-evaluation partnership that she started with community partner City Surf Project (CSP). She will use funding to hire a research assistant to help prepare a publishable article based on the data collected during Fall 2018 and help train a new group of students in her Spring 2019 Econ 640/840 class to continue with the data collection from CSP participants.

College of Health & Social Sciences

Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Ph.D., MPH,  Health Equity Institute Community Partner: TurnOut

Dr. Ramirez-Valles and the Health Equity Institute will use grant funding to support development of a new partnership in service learning with local nonprofit, TurnOut. A partnership with TurnOut presents a rich opportunity to develop a strong, high-quality service learning program focused on LGBTQ+ issues at SF State. Leveraging TurnOut’s partnerships with such a diverse array of nonprofits across the city, SF State will be able to offer students the opportunity to volunteer with and learn from with front-line activists and community organizers working on the most urgent issues facing LGBTQ+ communities right now.

Civic Engagement / Civic Learning

College of Business

Katie M. Hetherington, J.D., LL.M., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Accounting

Funds will be used to pay for an SF State graduate student Site Coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a national program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). VITA provides free tax return preparation services to low-income, elderly, limited English proficiency and disabled individuals.  The SF State VITA program has averaged well over 1,000 returns prepared each year.

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Karen Boyce, LCSW, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness will use funds to provide compensation for Lead Ambassadors in their Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that provides opportunities for SF State students to be peer health leaders. The Lead Ambassador position was created out of the need for leadership with the expansion the Ambassador Program experienced last academic year. 

Department/Program/School Level Service Learning Grant

College of Science and Engineering

Jason Gurdak, Ph.D., P.H., Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth & Climate Sciences

Dr. Gurdak will use funds to advance SFSU student service learning in groundwater sustainability for San Francisco and Malawi communities.  The Call to Service Initiative Grant will be used to support two related service-learning projects within the new S2H2O (Students for Sustainable Water) initiative and in coordination with UNESCO GRAPHIC. S2H2O brings together student leaders, faculty advisors, and community partners to create practical solutions for local, regional, and global water sustainability through interdisciplinary research, education, service learning, community engagement and capacity building.

Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship (New category, first time recipient!)

College of Science and Engineering

Jae Paik, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology, PSY 558 Field Service Seminar / PSY 559 Psychological Field Service

Dr. Paik has been awarded the Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship for her work leading the Psychology Faculty-Led Study Abroad program in Sichuan Province, China where students engaged in various curricular and extracurricular activities in real-world service settings (e.g., teaching in preK-12 classrooms, mentoring students, family cultural events, conducting observational assessments of children). Funds will be used for Graduate Research Assistants to transcribe and code qualitative data, travel costs to chair and present at the International Convention of Psychological Science, and research materials.

Conference Travel

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

  • Jerome Schwab, Dept. of English Language & Literature
  • Jolie Goorjian, Dept. of English Language & Literature
  • Amy Love, Dept. of English Language & Literature

The above faculty teach CSL writing courses in the Department of English Language and Literature and have been accepted to present “Performing Composition: Writing Poetry in Service to the Community” at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on March 15, 2019. This is the premier academic gathering in their discipline, accepting only 15% of proposals submitted.  As part of the community service cluster, they will share the way they use poetry writing to help students prepare, process and reflect deeply on their service experience.