Civic Engagement Fellows Program


The Civic Engagement Fellows program is a one-year, cohort-based, service-learning program where Fellows increase on-campus public awareness about existing ICCE service opportunities and develop strategies to address community challenges. Through attending conferences, tabling events, and giving presentations, Fellows develop the necessary leadership and communication skills to create positive change in our communities. In peer taught workshops and reflection assignments , Fellows reflect on social theory and learn how community-building is instrumental for increasing democratic engagement among college students. Moreover, Fellows are integral to ICCE's reach in connecting with SF State students by serving as social resources to help students become more informed and engaged.

In addition, a community-based research project is required where the Fellows design, implement, and evaluate a project organized in collaboration with one of our university-approved community partners on SF STATE ULINKand complete 150 hours of service (10 hrs./week). All Fellows document their experiences in their EPORTFOLIOS, which is utilized to expand their social networks, as well as develop their personal civic identities. Fellows foster greater campus community and commitment to social change as we strive to develop confident, passionate, civic leaders in collaboration with community partners and other SF State students. 

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes


At the beginning of every fall and spring semester, the Institute recruits several SF State student leaders to participate in the Fellows experience. This fellowship is a one-year paid opportunity for rising SF State undergraduate student leaders.


The goal of this fellowship is to help fellows gain the skills and knowledge to create positive change in our community and to develop as confident and passionate civic leaders. 

Program Outcomes

Personal Development

  • Develop an understanding of social identities and demonstrate cultural humility
  • Complete direct experiences and personal reflections in service
  • Develop and exercise critical thinking skills to analyze social justice issues

Professional Development

  • Generate awareness and knowledge on issues and concerns affecting our local communities
  • Develop and improve public speaking skills by delivering professional presentations
  • Work independently, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • Define and practice leadership as a collaboration with students, faculty, and the community
  • Assess the impact of the university-community partnerships on students, faculty, and various organizations involved
  • Build anEPORTFOLIOto document service experiences and expand SF State as well as LinkedIn connections 

Service-Learning Development

  • Identify and critically evaluate methods and practices of successful community engagement
  • Understand the value of linking academic knowledge and community wisdom to address real world issues in a socially responsible way
  • Recognize ways in which your identities and values influence the way you participate in society
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained to your civic, personal, and professional life


 Contact: Michelle Chu | 415-338-6472 |

Note: The Civic Engagement Fellowship is not currently being offered for AY20-21. 

2019-2020 Civic Engagement Fellows


2018-2019 Civic Engagement Fellows

Dmitra Alexa




AY 2017-2018 Civic Engagement Fellows

Dmitra Alexa

Where are they now? Check out their LinkedIn profiles!

Civic Engagement Fellows: 2016-Present

Civic Engagement Fellows ePortfolio 

2017: Dmitra Lucas

Major: CAD 

2016: Mary Fitzgerald

Major: Social Work

2017: Alexa Medina

Major: Communication

2016: Rebeca Mayen

Major: History

2017: Jacqeline Galicia

Major: Latinx Studies

2016: Edgar Barraza

Major: Environmental Studies

2016: Shay Shields

Major: Social Work

2016: Pamela Ortiz

Major: Studio Art 

2016: Celeste Lopez

Major: Psychology

2016: Alexis Moran

Major: Spanish

2017: Mariposa Alvarez 

Major: Spanish


2016: Nayeli Amaro

Major: Political Science


2016: Eunice Kim

Major: Spanish