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Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building

Dean candidate visits coming up  

Final candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Ethnic Studies. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates’ presentations, which will address their professional experience and vision for the college. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a light reception.

  • Thursday, March 14: Sheila Smith McKoy, Chair and Professor, Department of English, Kennesaw State University
    Presentation: 3:10 – 4:30 p.m. in LIB 121
  • Monday, March 18: Jun Xing, Chair and Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, CSU Los Angeles
    Presentation: 3:10 – 4:30 p.m. in LIB 121
  • Thursday, March 21: Amy Sueyoshi, Interim Dean, College of Ethnic Studies, SF State
    Presentation: 1:40 – 3 p.m. in LIB 244

Information on all candidates will be posted at as it becomes available.

Stephren Ragler

Keeping black history in mind year-round

For many, Black History Month is a time to celebrate the black leaders of the past who paved the way for a freer society. But for faculty and students across the SF State campus (such as senior Stephren Ragler, left), it’s about more than looking back.

“Black History Month is a moment for those of us who engage the history on a daily basis, to take time to commemorate mindfully,” said Associate Professor of Africana Studies Dawn-Elissa Fischer. “For those that have never engaged it at all, it’s an invitation to begin engaging it on a regular basis. There are so many resources, so why wouldn’t we?”

Fischer points to campus groups such as the Black Student Union that celebrate black culture and history on an ongoing basis. As Black History Month drew to a close, other members of the SF State community shared what it means to them and how they’ll be keeping its spirit alive year-round. Follow the link to read the thoughts shared by Ragler, Associate Professor of Journalism Yumi Wilson, Associate Professor of English Sarita Cannon and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Mark Allan Davis.

Diverse group of raised hands

Study: Political parties sideline minority voters

A vote is a vote is a vote, supposedly, with each citizen in our democracy having an equal say. Yet a San Francisco State University study finds that America’s political parties act as though some votes are more important than others, with white voters being contacted more frequently than their counterparts in other groups.

The research, from SF State Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon, was published last month in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics. The study finds that nonpartisan community-based organizations are effectively mobilizing nonwhite voters in place of partisan institutions like the Democratic and Republican parties.

“Political parties make electoral calculations that create disincentives for nonwhite mobilization because they are seen as a smaller group that is less likely to vote,” said García-Castañon. “It changes the relationship between the voters and the system when the two organizing parties don’t include them, leaving an important civic void to fill.”

The study, “Democracy’s Deficit: The Role of Institutional Contact in Shaping Nonwhite Political Behavior,” used voting data from the 2008 Collaborative Multi-racial Post-Election Survey (CMPS), a national poll of voters conducted by UCLA. The survey tracks how often, and by whom, different racial voting blocs are contacted prior to election day. According to the data, major political parties on average contacted white voters 3 percent more frequently than Latino voters, and 6 percent more than Asian voters.

Interested? Learn more here.

Campus guest suite accommodations available

Conference & Event Services has a limited number of short-term guest suites available for visiting scholars, guests of the University, etc. The suites are available year-round. Please contact Conference & Event Services at ext. 8-3972 or for more details and availability.

Big Data Pop-Up Workshop, March 4

Antwi Akom, director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, will lead a Stat Corr Big Data Pop-Up Workshop today from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Akom will discuss data collection methods using mobile health (mhealth) apps for gathering community-based participatory research (CBPR) health data. Lunch will be served. RSVP to or just drop in.

Academic Senate meeting, March 5

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Proposed Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S11-187, Reasonable Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities, second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F16-241, Retention, Tenure and Promotion, first reading
  • Proposed Master of Science Degree in Statistical Data Science, first reading
  • Proposed Certificate in Computational Linguistics, first reading
  • Proposed Minor in Queer Ethnic Studies, first reading
  • Proposed Minor in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies (CPIOS), first reading
  • Proposed Resolution on the ASCSU General Education Task Force Report, first reading
  • Proposed Resolution in Honor of the ’68 Student Strike at SF State, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S09-212, Observance of Religious Holidays, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F13-267, Academic Freedom Principles, first reading
  • Proposed Resolution in Support of a Student Ombuds, first reading
  • Proposed Policy on Student Grievances Procedures, first reading
  • Proposed Policy on a Student Grievance Code, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S03-158, Hiring Policy for Tenure Track Faculty, first reading
  • Update from Metro College Success Program Executive Director Mary Beth Love

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

Risk Talk: Independent Contractor Approval Process, March 6

An Enterprise Risk Management “Risk Talk” presentation on Wednesday, March 6, will focus on the University’s newly revised independent contractor approval process. An independent contractor (IC) is engaged in a distinct occupation, profession, business or trade not regularly part of University business; agrees to do a specific piece of work for an agreed upon fee; provides services to non-University clients; and supplies their own tools and work spaces. The Risk Talk, to be held from 11 a.m. to noon in LIB 121, will cover the required forms and who to contact with questions. More information is available online.

Conversations on Culture: Diaspora lecture, March 12

The Conversations on Culture: Diaspora lecture series continues on Tuesday, March 12, with a presentation by Francesco Spagnolo, curator of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley. Spagnolo will speak about his current “mapping diasporas” project. Spagnolo's research has culminated in a new digital humanities course, a series of documentary films and an exhibition that reveals the compelling personal stories of migration and dispossession that are often embedded within museum objects. A reception will follow his talk, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Global Museum. Co-sponsored by the Global Museum, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Jewish Studies, the event is free and all visitors are welcome.

CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series: TILT Your Assignment, March 19 & 20

CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. In the next workshop of the series, offered on Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1:30pm in Library 242, participants will:

  • Explore the importance of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) model for student learning and success.
  • Apply the principles of TILT to adapt an assignment for a class.
  • Create an action plan to develop and deliver a TILTed assignment.

In order to accommodate as many faculty as possible, the same workshop is offered both dates and can be arranged on additional dates by departmental request. Bring your own lunch; CEETL will provide dessert and beverages!

Click here to register for the March 19 workshop.

Click here to register for the March 20 workshop.

Questions? Contact the CEETL team at

“Jewish Studies and ?” begins, March 21

A new lecture series, “Jewish Studies and ?,” will help students imagine how their undergraduate degrees can translate into dream careers beyond their expectations. Over the course of the Spring semester, speakers will discuss how their undergraduate degrees enabled them to pivot from student life into satisfying and productive careers. Professor Kitty Millet will kick the series off on Thursday, March 21, with a talk from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in HUM 415. Since Professor Millet sits on the Executive Council of the International Comparative Literature Association, the umbrella organization for comparative literature programs globally, she will share how undergraduate degrees like Jewish studies contribute to a student's pursuit of the Ph.D in literature. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and the Department of Comparative and World Literature.

Tuesday, March 5

Happy Hour Workshop Series: Attending to Grief in the Classroom: 4 p.m. in LIB 242

Public Administration Prospective Student Informational Session: 5 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Gerontology Prospective Student Informational Session: 7 p.m. in HSS 242

Wednesday, March 6

Recital: royal hartigan’s creative jazz consort: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Willie Brown, Jr. Fellowship Info Session: 4 p.m. in LIB 222

Workshop: Analyzing Social Media Data: 4 p.m. in CA 260

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Thursday, March 7

“King Lear” by William Shakespeare: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Poetry reading/presentation: Brandon Shimoda with Aisuke Kondo: 6 p.m. at the Garden of Remembrance and the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Friday, March 8

Softball doubleheader: noon at the SF State softball field

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

“King Lear” by William Shakespeare: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Saturday, March 9

Softball doubleheader: 11 a.m. at the SF State softball field

“King Lear” by William Shakespeare: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, March 10

Morrison Artists Series concert: Music from Marlboro: 3 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Guillermo talks Smollett

Lecturer in Journalism Emil Guillermo discussed his “Diversity in Media” class at SF State in an editorial about media coverage of hate crimes. In the editorial, which appeared recently in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Guillermo examines media coverage of the alleged attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett and the backlash that followed when the actor was accused of fabricating it. “Smollett’s fame and relative wealth made him instantly believable. I expect other less famous, less wealthy people of color and other minorities to experience a new lag time of doubt — The Smollett Zone, if you will,” Guillermo wrote. “It’s the new price of credibility when social media speed and viral nature debilitates the news to media’s search for the truth.” You can read the complete article here.

Ward selected for Fulbright program

Jay Ward, associate director of the Office of International Programs, is one of only eight individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2019 Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminar in Taiwan. This highly selective and prestigious program, sponsored by both the U.S. and Taiwan Fulbright programs as well as by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is specifically designed to introduce participants to the higher education system, culture and society of Taiwan through campus visits, meetings with overseas colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education. Participants gain new perspectives on the importance of campus-wide internationalization and insight into how it can be achieved. The program dates are from March 9-23, 2019. Ward also participated in the Fulbright IEA Seminar in Japan in 2013.

Chronicle sings Zellman’s praises

Lecturer of Music Reuben Zellman is the director of New Voices Bay Area, a chorus for transgender, intersex and genderqueer singers that was featured in a recent San Francisco Chronicle article. “The reason we started this was because it was clear there really wasn’t a space for people from our community to sing in an environment that was specifically designed to be supportive of them,” he said. “I teach music at SF State, and there were more and more transgender and nonconforming students who were interested in auditioning for one of the University’s choruses, but they had a lot of trepidation.” Learn more here.

Henderson’s not a scooter booster

Professor of Geography & Environment Jason Henderson commented on the public backlash against electric scooter companies in an article on the news website Truthdig. As Henderson sees it, e-scooters can divert attention from the kind of efficient, affordable mass transportation options modern cities so desperately need. “With Uber and Lyft and with private buses, cities like San Francisco have fast-tracked extremely unequal and elitist transport. We need public regional buses, accessible to all people, and … special bus lanes … throughout the region. Not more private cars, not more private transit,” Henderson said. “We absolutely need more bicycles for short-distance trips, but by punting bike-share to the private sector, Bay Area political leaders have shown cycling is not a true priority. It’s just an afterthought. Were it a priority, they’d fund a vast and equitable regional cycling system.”