2020 Student Awardee for Excellence in Service Learning


We are pleased to present this year’s Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning to Monica DiLullo. This Award  recognizes the extraordinary work, and the impact that SF State students have within our surrounding communities through their service learning experience. Recipients of this award have made a significant contribution to our institution’s culture of engagement, further establishing and strengthening SF State’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve. 

Monica DiLullo

Economics | Lam Family College of Business

Monica DiLullo is a current graduate student earning her Master of Arts in the department of Economics at SF State. She is proactively engaged in the Bay Area community and has also demonstrated personal as well as academic growth, as a result of enrolling in the service-learning course, ECON 840: Health Economics Analysis and Research. Monica successfully completed an independent research project with an SF State community partner, City Surf Project (CSP), a non-profit organization that provides underrepresented youth with an impactful surfing experience. Monica actively visited high schools collecting data, advertised the impact of CSP’s mission and work, and met with the organization’s surf instructors to advocate the importance of tapping into the power of data-driven decision making. Her diligence and hard work on this invaluable study culminated in the article, “From Service Learning to Community Based Research: A Health Economics Course and Community Partnerships”, which is co-authored with SF State professor Anoshua Chaudhuri and CSP’s Executive Director, Johnny Irwin. This article is currently under review by the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning for possible future publication. Monica also showcased the results of her service-learning and community engaged research at the 2019 SF State Faculty Retreat in a workshop co-led with the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Monica has a bright future ahead of her and even secured a job offer as a policy analyst before completing her master’s program.