2021 Call to Service Initiative: Grant Recipients

It is with great pleasure that ICCE announce the awardees of the 2021 Call to Service Initiative grants. Below are the awardees, listed by category.  Congratulations to all recipients!

Add Service Learning to a Course

College of Health and Social Sciences

Paige P. Viren , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Park, Recreation, and Tourism | RPT 205: Adventure Travel 

Dr. Viren will be adding a service learning component to RPT 205 and set to be implemented fall 2021 to 1) develop a Diversity in Adventure Travel Speaker Series to include a diversity in current adventure travel curriculum; 2) develop remote/virtual assignments that focuses on community-based sustainable development that will build on existing assignments and expand adventure community partnerships. Currently the course includes an Adventure Speaker Series which allows students to learn from people with different backgrounds and experiences, including scholars, entrepreneurs, and practitioners working in adventure tourism. Dr. Viren is currently establishing partnerships with adventure community partners. RPT 205 students will serve their hours by collaborating with these site/s. Funds will also be used to support a community service learning student assistant to support the implementation.

College of Science and Engineering

Jae Paik, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology | PSY 300 Current Issues In Psychology Remote Service-Learning: Providing Social-Emotional Programs to Young Leaders

Due to COVID-19 young children’s social, emotional and academic experiences have been impacted immensely and broadly. In response to the pandemic and subsequent school closures, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education has launched “Advance SEL in California” initiative to elevate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) practices and to address the social and emotional needs of students over the long haul (California Office of Governor, 2020). To achieve this goal, partnerships among the community organizations and members are paramount. Dr. Paik has been working collaboratively with Millbrae School District (MSD) in creating SEL program that could be offered remotely for their students. Dr. Paik will be adding a service learning component to PSY 300 that involves organizing, training, and supervising PSY 300 undergraduate students who will deliver SEL program remotely in form of live zoom classes.

Lam Family College of Business

Leyla Ozsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor,  | BUS 895 Research Project in Business

Funding will support the re-envisioning of BUS 895 to include service learning with an emphasis in advancing community identified needs and supporting the mission and strategic initiatives around inclusivity, diversity, sustainability and innovation. BUS 895 is a required culminating experience project course for the MS in Business Analytics Program. The students in this course have been and will be given the option to select from a wide variety of project topics in partnership with primarily organizations, whose mission is centered around solving environmental and societal issues and/or which are founded and led by people of color and/or women. 

Partnerships in Service Learning

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History | Community Partner: Galería de la Raza 

The new collaboration between SF State’s Art History department and the grassroots activist Latino/a/x art gallery Galería de la Raza engages with San Francisco’s muralism practice both historically and in the present. It focuses on social and racial justice issues related to access to space, Latina/o/x representation, and resistance. Since 1970, Galería has created a space to foster Latino/a/x creativity and activism as well as securing public places for mural practice. Through the course ARTH 516 Mexican Muralism and its Legacy in the Americas in Fall 2021, students will learn about the art history of modernist muralism and large-scale painting, with a focus on Latino/a/x and Latin American art. They will also work with Galería to catalogue and conduct research in the archive, contributing to making this essential repository available to the broader public and publicizing its essential historical value through research. This partnership will support Galería's efforts and introduce students to archival research and cataloguing, preparing them for graduate school and careers in the art world.

Civic Engagement/Civic Learning

College of Health and Social Sciences

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement│Jennifer Shea, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Master of Public Administration Program│Co-Director, Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program

Funds will  support the development of a robust mentoring program in the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship (WBF) Program, which includes undergraduate and graduate student components. Established in 2008 and housed in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE), the WBF Program places students who have faced barriers to pursuing higher education in high-level internships in the City & County of San Francisco (the City) agencies, with the goal of instilling a commitment to public service and providing students with corresponding professional development. The fellows come from under-represented communities, bringing diversity across many intersectional identities to the public sector. The WBF Program is built on a long-term partnership with the City and aims to support the City's racial equity goals in the short and long-terms in compliance with the citywide Racial Equity Framework (Ordinance No. 188-19). 

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

School of CinemaCeline Parreñas Shimizu, Ph.D., Professor  Director, School of Cinema

The School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, in partnership with the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion, Black Unity Center, Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education, and Latino Center, will implement a series of webinars throughout the spring semester of 2021 that will highlight the work of women of color in Hollywood as part of a year-long series focused on Race, Rebellion and Resistance. The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity of Stanford University will also be co-sponsor to the events. They will also be working with the following student organizations affiliated with the School of Cinema: Animation Society, Black Film Club, Cinema Collective, Feminist Filmmaker Fellowship, Delta Kappa Alpha, and Graduate Student Association in order to center student perspectives during these webinars. School of Cinema, along with their partners, are all committed to diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. UCLA’s 2020 Diversity Report showed that film executives and directors are still overwhelmingly white men. The hope is to demystify who gets to work in Hollywood by inviting women of color from different sectors of the entertainment industry to speak and share their paths. Funding will support the efforts and aspiration to create thoughtful discourse that will lead to the development of civic-minded cinema students and to the elevation of student leadership in cinema-focused student collectives.

Service Learning Student Assistant(s)

College of Ethnic Studies

Michael De Anda Muniz,Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies Department | LTNS 680: Latina/o Community Organizing

Funds will support a service learning student assistant (SLA) for LTNS 680 to provide high quality community service learning (CSL) experiences during remote learning and offer the SLA a unique opportunity to build a strong mentorship relationship and gain valuable remote project management experience. In Latino/Latina Community Organizing, students collectively examine the history of Latina/x/o community organizing in the United States; the social, economic, and political structures that impact Latina/x/o community organizing; and contemporary Latina/x/o community organizing efforts. In addition to learning from readings, videos, podcasts, and guest speakers, students have the opportunity to participate in a CSL project that advances a local community-based organization’s immediate and long-term goals. In fall 2020, students worked remotely with local and national organizations that address issues including farmworkers’ rights; racial, social, environmental, and economic justice for Bay Area communities of color; voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in San Francisco; and a sense of community among SF State students during remote learning. Partner organizations included the Alliance for Fair Food, Black Organizing Project, Communities for a Better Environment, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Yes On Prop G Campaign. 

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Bridget Gelms, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English Language & Literature | ENG 618 Individual and Team Writing

Funds will support a service learning student assistant (SLA) for ENG 618 to provide more support for the student teams as they embark on their community partnership. In this course, Professional Writing & Rhetoric majors work in teams to provide community partners with professional writing services they need to sustain their mission. For example, a past partnership with the Pacifica Beach Coalition enabled students to craft social media content, a press kit, and promotional flyers for the Coalition’s Earth Day events and yearly educational programs with local high schools. ENG 618, then, gives students practical experience with community-based writing projects while they learn about effective modes of collaboration and teamwork. 

Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship 

Lam Family College of Business

Anoshua Chaudhuri, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Economics

Dr. Chaudhuri has been awarded the Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship for her work and continued efforts with the SF Small Business Commission through a community-based participatory research project about COVID-19's impact on small business in San Francisco. San Francisco being one of the high cost of living areas has seen an exodus of residents and big businesses (mostly tech companies). Small businesses that supported this population have seen a drop-in clientele. Apart from social distancing rules, pandemic related closures, there have been demand-driven reasons for the hugely negative impacts on small businesses. Through this collaboration a survey instrument was designed and implemented to capture these reasons in order to inform pertinent policy-making and that would adequately capture local struggles, barriers and opportunities. Currently, in the second phase of implementation, funds will be used to analyze the data and help disseminate the research results, as well as continue the collaborative partnership with SF Small Business Commission to allow on-going and future placement of SF State students in community service learning projects with this partner.