2020 Call to Service Initiative: Grant Recipients

Below are the awardees, listed by category.  Congratulations to all recipients!

Add Service Learning to a Course

College Ethnic Studies

Yessica Garcia Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies LTNS 400 Latina Girlhoods

Dr. Garcia Hernandez will be adding service learning to a new course that she is developing and will be taught for the first time fall 2020. The learning outcomes of this practicum-based course are threefold: 1) teach an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of girl studies, which is defined as the study of girlhood and girls cultures; 2) teach students community-based participatory action research and art-based methodologies to work with girls of color; and 3) teach students how to write fieldnotes and autoethnographic entries. This course will be linked with the Rebel Quinceañera Collective (RQC), a participatory action research project currently under development here at SF State. Dr. Garcia Hernandez is currently establishing partnerships with the Chavez Branch Library in Oakland and the Mission Branch Library in SF to provide new programming for already existing programs for young adults. Her LTNS 400 students will serve their hours by collaborating with these sites to provide additional programming. 

College of Science and Engineering

Jae Paik, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology PSY 455 Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 455 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. For the upcoming 2020 summer program, Dr. Paik will  revamp PSY455 Cross-Cultural Psychology and offer the course as a registered SL course. This would be the first time PSY455 will be offered as a registered SL course. Students will collaborate with the local universities and community centers to facilitiate events and activities that will best serve the needs of the community (e.g., cultural lessions, family events, sports events).

Partnerships in Service Learning

College of Health and Social Sciences

Casey Nesbit,  PT, DPT, DSc, PCS, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy | PT 899

Dr. Nesbit will use funds to deepen relationships with St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Malawi for a project in a high-quality service-learning course, Malawi Service Learning for Doctor of Physical Therapy students (PT 899). This service-learning course includes developing and implementing a rehabilitation training program for Home-Based Palliative Care Community Health Workers who care for patients with disabilities and chronic illness in the villages. 

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.

Service Learning Student Assistant(s)

College of Health & Social Sciences

Jennifer Shea, Associate Professor, Public Adminstration, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement | PA 746 Organizational Learning and Nonprofit Management

Dr. Shea will use funds to support her community-service learning designated course, PA 746 in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. As a client-based course, PA 746 positions student teams as external resources for community-based nonprofit organization partners. The graduate student assistant will assist in the development of course-specific service-learning support materials, including updating content for the logic model workshop and the list of nonprofit management resources available to student teams.

Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship 

College of Health & Social Sciences

Pavlina Latkova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Park, Recreation, and Tourism | RPT 470: Travel with Purpose

Dr. Latkova has been awarded the Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship for her work and continued efforts to further enhance community-based collaboration between the RPT and HH Department and Altruvistas, through RPT 470 service-learning curriculum assessment.