October 25, 2021

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SF State offers scholarships for San Francisco youth who get COVID-19 vaccine

SF State, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) have announced a new scholarship program for San Franciscan residents ages 12 to 17 who received the COVID-19 vaccine. Through a drawing, SF State is offering 10 scholarships to fully fund four years of undergraduate tuition to the University for eligible youth who register at participating vaccination locations in the city.

“These college scholarships are an incredible reward for San Francisco teens doing the right thing for themselves and their community — and that is being a part of ending this pandemic by getting the COVID-19 vaccination,” said Mayor London N. Breed. “Our teens have endured over a year of distance learning and missed interactions with their friends. These scholarships will carry their education forward and help shape their future in innumerable ways.”

“SF State is committed to supporting college attendance among young people in San Francisco and helping to promote the City’s vaccination goals,” SF State President Lynn Mahoney said. “These scholarships can further public health objectives while lifting up a new generation of leaders for our workforce.”

 “We encourage all eligible SFUSD students to get vaccinated and to gain the skills necessary to attend college if they so choose,” SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said. “As an SF State alumnus and Gator myself, I truly appreciate the University’s efforts to support health and college access among our City’s youth.”

Residents are eligible to enter the drawing if they meet all the following requirements:

  • Permanently resides in San Francisco (including people living in San Francisco who meet AB 540 eligibility)
  • Received at least the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine two-shot series prior to entry. Must be age 12 to 17 when this occurs
  • Currently not enrolled at a college or university nor have you previously been enrolled in college or university
  • Not an employee or immediate family of an employee of SF State living as a member of the employee’s household. Consistent with California Government Code section 82029, “immediate family” means spouse and dependent children

Learn more about the scholarships and how they will be awarded on the SF State News website.


Sarita Cannon

English professor’s new book explores Black, Indigenous connections

Jimi Hendrix single-handedly transformed the sound of the electric guitar with his virtuoso playing inspired by rock, blues, jazz — and his Native American heritage. A new book by SF State Professor Sarita Cannon explores Hendrix’s identity as a Black Cherokee as well as other notable Americans who share African and Indigenous roots.

“Black-Native Autobiographical Acts: Navigating the Minefields of Authenticity” (Lexington Books, 2021) also focuses chapters on the Federal Writers Project’s slave narratives from 1936 to 1938, model Radmilla Cody, photographer Valena Broussard Dismukes and early 1900s writer, actor and activist Sylvester Long Lance.

“This book is an invaluable resource for understanding Black-Native subjectivities, while also mapping the complexities of racial identity formation,” Seattle University English Professor Carlyn Ferrari said.

In the 2020 U.S. Census, more than 344,000 respondents self-identified as biracial African American and Native American/Alaska Native.

Cannon, who teaches in SF State’s English Language and Literature Department, says she hopes the book will encourage readers to further study and discuss the “long, complex and intriguing history of people of African and American Indian heritage.” As research on Black-Indigenous identities and histories has exploded in the past 20 years, she notes, her book offers a new methodology for understanding their experiences, rooted in her training as a literary scholar.

“It is a history that cannot be reduced to a narrative of conflict or of collaboration, and it is a history that reveals much about our past and present understandings of ‘race,’” she said. “I also hope that readers will think about the gatekeeping politics within their own communities. How do we determine belonging? Who makes that determination? What are the stakes of that determination?”

Read more about Cannon and her book on the SF State News website.


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International Education Week returns

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is thrilled to announce details of International Education Week (IEW) 2021. SF State’s IEW festivities will take place Nov. 1-12 and will include international career workshops, Study Abroad info sessions and the return of the Study Abroad Fair. This year’s IEW will feature a variety of virtual and in-person events for the entire SF State community. Come find out more about how international education has benefited SF State students. Please promote this event to your students, and email iew@sfsu.edu with any questions or concerns.


2021-2022 University budget explained on Nov. 4 and Nov. 12  

All campus employees are invited to an overview of the 2021-2022 University budget presented by Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Administration & Finance Jeff Wilson and Provost Jennifer Summit. The overview will cover the budget process from the state of California to CSU to SF State. The 45-minute presentation will be offered twice virtually: from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 4, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12. To learn a little about the budget process before you attend, visit the Budget Administration and Operations website.  

This event welcomes persons with disabilities and may provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like to attend, please email ubc@sfsu.edu.


Cybsersecurity first

Information Technology Services (ITS) would like you to know that Week 4 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is all about making security a priority. For organizations, this means building security into products and processes. SF State has made cybersecurity training a part of employee onboarding and equips staff with the tools they need to keep the organization safe. For individuals, keep cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind as you connect daily. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. When you set up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy settings and update default passwords. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought.


Clarification on draft telework policy

As previously announced in CampusMemo, the University has developed an updated telework policy which is currently being negotiated through the meet and confer process. Anonymous public comment is only available to non-represented employees at this time. The deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 29.


CSU seeking international programs resident directors

The CSU Chancellor’s Office, which administrates the CSU’s study abroad international programs, is looking for faculty members to serve as resident directors for the academic year 2023-2024 at the CSU study centers in France, Italy and Spain. These locations have been fortunate to have CSU faculty support SF State and other CSU students in their study abroad experience. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31. If you have any questions, please reach out to the CSU international programs director in the Chancellor’s Office, Jaishankar Raman, at jraman@calstate.edu. Additional details about this opportunity can be found on the CSU study abroad website.


Accessible procurement annual reminder

SF State is committed to using the most accessible technology products and services to ensure that the campus technology environment is inclusive and welcoming to faculty, staff and students with disabilities. Accessible procurement applies to all technology products that are purchased, used or developed on campus. Employees who purchase technology via p-card or requisition are required to follow the Technology Acquisition Review (TAR) process. This process includes both accessibility and IT security reviews and keeps the campus in compliance with federal and state laws. For information on the accessibility review process, please contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center or review the accessible procurement process on the Accessible Technology Initiative website.


New Student and Family Programs seeks summer 2022 orientation leaders

New Student and Family Programs is now hiring orientation leaders for summer 2022. Orientation leaders are current SF State students who help welcome our newest Gators to the SF State community. Orientation leaders will develop new connections to new students, current students and campus partners while building and learning about their own leadership style. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 29. Interested students can learn more and apply by visiting the New Student & Family Programs website.


Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Oct. 19, via Zoom. The senate:

  • Approved New Political Science Certificate in Pre-Law.
  • Approved Revision to the Minor in Counseling.
  • Heard in first reading Proposed Summer 2022 Academic Calendar and 2022-2023 Academic Calendar.
  • Heard in first reading Proposed Revision to F21-242 Academic Calendar policy.

The full agenda, meeting materials and minutes can be found on the senate website.


CEETL introduces newest online mico-course: “Reading for Meaning”

Starting today, you can join the Center for Equity and Teaching and Learning’s (CEETL) newest online micro-course, “Reading for Meaning.” This foundational, fully asynchronous, self-paced course supports students’ engagement with different genres in their discipline. This course offers teaching strategies, resources and collegial conversations in support of academic success for all of our students through social annotation. In this micro-course, participants will:

  • Develop students’ critical information literacy with digital sources, using free, online social annotation tools.
  • Help students develop a flexible reading mindset for various rhetorical situations as a reader, to adapt to and transfer reading strategies in multiple disciplines, and in lifelong learning.
  • Understand how students are processing information at specific points in a text and effectively identify gaps in comprehension.
  • Foster students’ ability to analyze complex writing structures, interpret visual presentations of data and understand experimental design.
  • Support students’ reading process by scaffolding reading (watching, listening to) texts with strategies for pre-reading, during reading and post reading.
  • Model for students reading for meaning in your discipline.

Fall Session will be Monday, Oct. 25, through Monday, Nov. 22. This course is self-paced and asynchronous, so you may engage anytime during this date range; just be sure to complete the course by Monday, Nov. 2. Faculty stipend: $250 (pre-tax) upon completion. GTA stipend: $110 (pre-tax) upon completion. The estimated time commitment is five hours. For more information, including how to register, please visit the CEETL website.


Join the latest cohort of the JEDI Writing PIE

The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Writing Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (PIE) Institute is a fully asynchronous, completely self-paced online course about teaching writing based on pedagogies for inclusive excellence. This institute is designed especially for faculty who teach writing across the curriculum and in their disciplines and provides a range of equitable, inclusive and anti-racist online teaching resources and strategies. In the JEDI Writing PIE, participants will:

  • Participate in a course designed for interaction, not content delivery.
  • Create authentic products to use in their own courses.
  • Reflect on their learning in the community with their faculty peers.
  • Receive feedback from JEDI Writing PIE faculty mentors.

Participants will also explore modules focusing on the following topics:

  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Writing Pedagogy
  • Teaching Writing in the Disciplines
  • Assignment Design and Scaffolding
  • Scaffolding Research Skills to Build Information Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Peer Response to Student Writing
  • Instructor Response to Student Writing

Course session will be Monday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. This course is self-paced, so you may enroll/engage anytime during this date range; just be sure to complete the course by Feb. 25, 2022. Faculty Stipend: $1,250 (pre-tax) upon completion. GTA Stipend: $550 (pre-tax) upon completion. Estimated time commitment is 25 hours. For more information, including how to register, please visit the CEETL website.


Virtual Grad Preview Week, Oct. 25-29

The Division of Graduate Studies will host its annual virtual Grad Preview. The week-long program includes graduate programs’ information sessions, Cal State Apply workshops, office hours for prospective students and department-specific events that showcase graduate education and the opportunities our campus offers. Those interested can participate in over 80 events by Zoom October 25–29. Grad Preview Week events include:

  • Faculty and graduate student panels
  • Graduate seminar previews
  • Graduate degree information sessions
  • Zoom chats with graduate faculty and graduate program representatives
  • Zoom workshops to learn about the graduate school application or fellowship opportunities

Potential graduate students can check the online schedule here to find sessions that match their interests. Some events require prior registration to receive the Zoom link, so remember to click on details. All session times listed are in Pacific Time (PT). Check back regularly; the Division of Graduate Studies is adding new sessions daily.


Public Exposures” at Cornell’s Public History Initiative, Oct. 25

Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi will give a lecture on public history hosted by Cornell University’s Public History Initiative at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25. Titled “Public Exposures: Queer History as Social Practice,” the event is open to the public. Sign up on the Public History Initiative webpage.


Then & Now: Remembering the SF State Student Strike, Oct. 27

Learn from the 1968 SF State student strikers as they share their experiences at a special discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. During the event — titled “Then & Now: Remembering the SF State Student Strike” — participants will discuss how their activism prepared them for life and their perspectives about contemporary student activism. Among the scheduled speakers are student strikers Roger Alvarado, Donna Amado, Jimmy Garrett, Daniel Phil Gonzales, Penny Nakatsu and Joanne Stringer. Register via Zoom.

This event is sponsored by the First-Year Experience, Asian American and Pacific islander Student Services, Black Unity Center, Ex-Co, University Archives and the Race, Empowerment and Justice Project.


Holistic Health Fall Series presentation, Oct. 29

The campus community is invited to attend a Holistic Health Fall Series presentation by Richard Harvey, professor in the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Titled “Psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) Buffers Against Stress Reactions,” the presentation will explore psychological hardiness and how it reduces symptoms of inflammation, stress and strain and practices that can be implemented. Join via Zoom. Passcode: 047922. Meeting ID: 893 4499 0362.


Activism and Advocacy in Anthropology Careers,” Oct. 29

The Anthropology Department will host a panel discussion on “Activism and Advocacy in Anthropology Careers” on Friday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

This panel will feature five nationally prominent scholar-activists: Carwil Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University), Raymond Codrington (president and CEO of Weeksville Heritage Center), Dana Davis (City University of New York-Queens College/CUNY Graduate Center), Harjant Gill (Towson University) and Alexandra Jones (Goucher College/executive director, Archaeology in the Community). In addition to their expertise in archaeology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology and visual anthropology, these speakers are active in a wide range of initiatives in social justice and community development. RSVPs are required. Please email mlincoln@sfsu.edu for the meeting code.


International Career Spotlight: Teaching English Abroad,” Nov. 1

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is pleased to announce “International Career Spotlight: Teaching English Abroad.” This info session takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, and will introduce SF State students to career opportunities related to teaching English outside the United States. The event features advice from current English Foreign Language (EFL) educators, including Fulbright alumni and faculty from SF State’s MA TESOL program. Please encourage students interested in linguistics, teaching and international education to attend. Visit the OIP website for more information.


IEEC Study Abroad Fair, Nov. 2-3

Take a stroll through the center of campus on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see the International Education Exchange Council (IEEC) Study Abroad Fair. This event will be outside in the cool, fresh air in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The tables at the fair will represent different countries that SF State students can study abroad in through SF State Exchange and California State University International Programs. International students and study abroad alumni have decorated each table and will be at the table to talk about their country. Please encourage your students to attend as well. If your students are not on campus, have them check out virtual alternatives during the rest of International Education Week via the Office of International Programs website.


“I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land, Nov. 4

Join the Sutro Library on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. for “I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land.” In this free virtual book talk, historian Alaina E. Roberts shares a story that ties African American and Native American history tightly together, revealing a western theater of the Civil War and Reconstruction. For more information or to register for this event check out the Eventbrite page.


Moore heads east for event with West

Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Jamillah Moore served as moderator for an in-person conversation with famed philosopher, academic and activist Cornel West Friday, Oct. 22. Part of the nationally touring Latino Thought Makers series, the event was held at Morton College’s JPAC Theatre in Cicero, Illinois.


Humanities students, professor present at conference

Four Humanities graduate students presented their work during the annual conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Oct. 15. Titled “Rethinking the Interdisciplinary Humanities Critical Theory Canon: Innovative Interdisciplinary Humanities Course Proposals by Graduate Students at San Francisco State University,” the panel discussion was organized and chaired by Humanities and Liberal Studies Professor Tanya Augsburg. The students are: Rene de Amaral, Ivan Iannoli, Kevin Lillich and Adam Tejada. Lillich and Tejada won scholarships to attend the conference and one-year student memberships to the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. Watch the presentation on YouTube.


Creative Writing professor reveals story of diplomat who saved thousands of refugees

Creative Writing Associate Professor Chanan Tigay contributed a longform article to the November edition of Smithsonian Magazine. The article focuses on the little-known story of a Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of refugees in World War II — including Salvador Dali, “Curious George” authors HA and Margret Rey, Otto von Habsburg and the Rothschilds.