November 5, 2018

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University institute plans municipal disability cultural center

SF State’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability is spearheading the development of a cultural center for people with disabilities after winning a $100,000 bid from the city’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). The effort will be underwritten by the Dignity Fund, a voter-approved initiative that requires the city to apportion a percentage of its budget to DAAS for the benefit of older adults and adults with disabilities.

“San Francisco needs a place where people can engage with disability culture,” said Professor of History Catherine Kudlick, the Longmore Institute’s director (pictured above at a planning meeting for the center). “No other city as far as we can tell has a disability cultural center, so this will be a trailblazer.”

DAAS Executive Director Shireen McSpadden said the Institute, which was founded to showcase the experiences of people with disabilities, is perfect for the project thanks to its historical knowledge and expertise. “What we’ve been struggling with as a community is to provide a cultural experience that works for people living with disabilities in San Francisco and this center, under the guidance of the Longmore Institute, will do that,” she said.

Emily Beitiks, the Institute’s assistant director, and SF State senior Danny Thomas Vang, a fellow with the Institute, are also helping with the planning process. Together they’ve assembled a leadership council of 12 — all people with disabilities who are either disability advocates or work with people who have disabilities in San Francisco.

Kudlick and her Longmore Institute colleagues plan to submit the final proposal and recommendations to the city by the end of April. While a location for center hasn’t been chosen, DAAS Executive Director Shireen McSpadden says she hopes it will open by late 2019.

The back of a guy wearing a heavy coat and beanie

Wear Movement puts out the call for warm clothes

Winter is coming, and the Wear Movement, SF State’s clothing donation program, wants to ensure that everyone’s prepared. In November, the Wear Movement is particularly interested in collecting warm coats and jackets, while in December it will be focusing on blankets.

The average person has 75 pounds of clothes in their closet that they don’t wear anymore. Why send that to a landfill when it could help someone else stay warm?

Where to drop off or pick up items: Cesar Chavez Student Center, first floor

When: Every Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A composite of some of the faces behind the stories

Researchers look beyond bullying for LGBTQ stories

Many high schools in the U.S. have instituted programs to help prevent the bullying of LGBTQ students. Yet two San Francisco State University professors and their colleagues at other universities wanted to broaden the conversation around LGBTQ issues and bring more stories — not necessarily focused on bullying — to light.

“There’s sometimes this idea that the only thing that needs to be done is to prevent bullying — that if we’re not subjected to violence, everything is O.K.,” said San Francisco State Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Jessica Fields.

With a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, Fields, SF State Professor of Health Education Laura Mamo and student researchers from the University along with Jen Gilbert (York University) and Nancy Lesko (Teachers College, Columbia University) have produced, a website where over 350 LGBTQ stories are shared through transcripts, videos, audio clips and a blog. The testimonials include unique and touching coming-out stories, descriptions of friends, relatives and teachers who’ve been supportive (or not) and reflections on what it means to be part of the LGBTQ community.

To record the stories, the researchers traveled to three high schools — in Minneapolis, New York and San Francisco — to compile stories from students, faculty and administrators. People were invited to step into a private “booth” built especially for the project and tell their LGBTQ story, whatever it was, with the choice of being recorded on either video or audio.

Fields and Mamo hope can become a classroom resource for teachers and are spreading the word about the project at teacher conferences around the country.

Presidential Search Committee seeks staff nominations

All staff are invited to nominate and vote for the position of staff representative on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee for SF State’s next president. Staff can nominate a fellow staff member or self-nominate. The definition of staff in this instance includes MPPs, confidential employees and staff whose contracts are collectively bargained but excludes faculty, deans and vice presidents. 

Nominations will be accepted from Nov.  5 to Nov. 9.  A staff nominating committee will choose up to five finalist nominees on or before Nov. 14. All staff will then have the opportunity to vote for one finalist between Nov. 14 and Nov. 19. The winning finalist will be chosen by Nov. 30. 

Nominations must be 250 words or less and will be considered based on three criteria.

  • Commitment and actions in support of SF State's mission, values and strategic plan
  • Champion and trusted voice in representing the interest of represented and confidential staff
  • Availability to serve and meet requirements of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (nominees must be available at the following times: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 4, 2019, time TBA; Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 

Detailed instructions for submitting nominations and voting will be sent via email to all staff from the vice president and CFO for Administration and Finance. Any questions should be directed to

Anti-Bullying Workgroup wants to hear from you

SF State’s Anti-Bullying Workgroup is making progress with organizing more trainings and getting closer to creating policy. The workgroup wants to hear about your experiences with bullying on campus to help them with the work they’re doing. If you would like to participate in an anonymous survey, please go here.

This survey is not a forum to formally report experiences of bullying and/or harassment on campus. If you want to talk confidentially about your experience, you can contact University Ombudsperson Christina Sabee at You may also make an official report to Employee and Labor Relations by emailing or by calling (415) 338-1872.

CSU International Programs seeks resident director applicants

The CSU Chancellor’s Office is accepting applications for two international program resident directors who will each serve full-time for 12 months in France and Spain for AY 2020-2021. Resident directors are a key element in the success of the overseas centers where they are assigned.  They contribute significantly to the quality of the educational experience of our students and constitute an important source of support on each of the CSU campuses for promoting student participation in international programs.

All candidates should review the Resident Director Handbook (available online here). The 2020-2021 application can be downloaded here.  Candidates should email their complete application to or send it by mail to CSU International Programs, 401 Golden Shore Drive, Long Beach, CA 90806. The deadline is Dec. 1. Personal interviews of the finalists will be conducted at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach March 1-2, 2019.

SF State will pay the resident director’s salary since the faculty member continues to be a campus employee during the year that they are abroad. If the faculty member is currently in a 10-month (academic year) position, they are moved to a 12-month position, resulting in an increase of approximately 15 percent, plus 10 percent for the overseas assignment. 

Call for applications: International Faculty Partnership Seminar

In order to increase international opportunities for faculty, the CSU International Programs has launched a series of seminars in collaboration with partners abroad. One such seminar is being planned for June 16-22, 2019, in Paris. The seminar will be structured along six tracks encompassing a wide range of disciplines. All sessions will include presenters from both CSU campuses and universities from the Paris area. Faculty members from all CSU campuses and all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Interested? Go here to learn more and apply to participate. You can also contact Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, SF State representative to the CSU Academic Council for International Programs, at

Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Chair Nancy Gerber gave a report about the Search Advisory Committee and urged senators to participate in the campus climate survey.
  • The Senate approved a recommendation from the Educational Policies Council on proposed discontinuance of the bachelor of arts in English: concentration in individual major
  • The Senate discussed the presidential search and the needs of the University.

A complete list of action items from the meeting is available online.

Holocaust across the Disciplines series continues, Nov. 15

The next lecture in the Department of Jewish Studies’ Holocaust Across the Disciplines series will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HUM 415. In “Corpses of the Holocaust: A New Approach to the Destruction and Its Aftermath,” historian Jean-Marc Dreyfus will discuss his research on corpses and human remains of the Holocaust. Go here to learn more.

Curtis discusses French missionaries​, Nov. 5

At noon today, Professor of History Sarah Curtis will present “‘Men Like Us’: Missionary Nuns and Evangelization in Post-Revolutionary France.” The talk will focus on two female missionaries from France, Emilie de Vialar and Anne-Marie Javouhey, who transgressed boundaries both literal and metaphorical to forge new paths for women in the church and the world. Curtis is the author of “Educating the Faithful: Catholic Schooling in Nineteenth-Century France” and “Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of French Empire.” Her talk will be held in FA 525.  

“UX/UI Interdisciplinary Research Methods,” Nov. 5

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Charmayne Hughes will present “UX/UI Research Methods” today from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Hughes will describe how satisfaction with a product can be enhanced by improving the usability and accessibility when interacting with the product. Hughes leads the Health Equity Institute’s NeuroTech Lab, which focuses on developing technical solutions that aid underrepresented populations impacted by violence and trauma. Come learn how interdisciplinary research methods around the topic of UX/UI have been successfully used for teaching and research purposes. 

Study Abroad Fair, Nov. 13 and 14

Take a stroll across the Quad on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see the Study Abroad Fair. The tables at the fair will represent the countries SF State students can study in through SF State Exchange and CSU International Programs. International students and study abroad alumni will decorate each table and will be on hand to talk about their country. Please encourage your students to attend, as well.

“Life After Graduation,” Nov. 15

SF State graduates will return to campus to share the ways in which study-abroad experiences shaped their careers during a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. in LIB 121. The session will spotlight the diverse career paths of SF State study abroad alumni, including one who’s gone on to work for the U.S. State Department. Please attend to see where our students are today and encourage your students to come hear about the possibilities that await them after graduation. 

Monday, Nov. 5

Lecture: Sarah Curtis: “Men Like Us”: noon in FA 525

Recital: chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 9 a.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Political Science Department Midterm Election Roundtable: 5:30 p.m. in HUM 304

Lineage Lineup: Who, What, Where, Why & How of Heritage Societies: 5:30 p.m. in the Sutro Library Reading Room, J. Paul Leonard Library

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 9 a.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema: “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders”: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 7 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Concert: chamber music ensembles: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Thursday, Nov. 8

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 7 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Reading: May-lee Chai and Junse Kim: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, Nov. 9

SF State Safe Zone Ally training: 9 a.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286)

Recital: guitar students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 7 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, Nov. 10

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 2 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 7 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, Nov. 11

Theatre: “Fringe Goes Long”: 2 p.m. in the Studio (room 102), Creative Arts building

Dollinger examines “Black Power, Jewish Politics”

Department of Jewish Studies Professor Marc Dollinger recently published the book “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the Sixties” (Brandeis, 2018). The book was the basis for several articles and media appearances, including a review in the fall issue of the magazine Jewish Currents.

Tate comments on transgender policy

SF State Associate Professor of Psychology Charlotte Tate was quoted in a KQED story regarding the Trump administration’s memo excluding transgender people from future definitions of “gender identity” by the U.S. government. “Historically, science about gender has contained lots of errors that needed to be corrected or discarded,” she said. “Pretending that gender identity can be reduced to a person’s genitals is one of those errors that we needed to discard in order to move forward in a way that is scientifically productive.”

Millet keeps busy

Jewish Studies Professor and Department Chair Kitty Millet co-edited the recently published collection of essays “Fault Lines of Modernity: The Fractures and Repairs of Religion, Ethics, and Literature” (Bloomsbury, 2018). The collection features essays from several SF State faculty members, including Professor of English Language & Literature Geoffrey Green, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature Sara Hackenberg, Associate Professor of Comparative & World Literature (CWL) Chris Weinberger and Millet herself. Additionally, Millet’s former doctoral student and an SF State alum in Jewish Studies and CWL, Shawna Vesco, is included in the volume. Another article by Millet, “Our Sabbatean Future,” is featured in the new book “Scholar and Kabbalist: The Life and Work of Gershom Scholem” (Brill, 2018). Millet is also guest editor of the journal Religions’ special issue on Jewish secular culture, and she was recently named to the editorial boards of the journal Dapim, Studies on the Holocaust (Routledge) and the magazine MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism (European University Institute).

New book for Lee

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee is the author of “Asian American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events” (Greenwood, 2018). Designed to be a reference for student research, this day-by-day guide highlights the importance of Asian Americans in U.S. history, highlighting the impact of specific individuals and this large ethnic group as a whole across time and documenting the evolution of policies, issues and feelings concerning this particular American population.

Astren goes Medieval

Professor of Jewish Studies Fred Astren participated in a roundtable discussion of the Medieval Mediterranean as part of the Mediterranean Consortium’s Fall Workshop seminar “Margins of the Mediterranean” in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last month.