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Immigration services now available at SF State

The Dream Resource Center is excited to announce that direct immigration legal services are now available free of charge to current CSU students and employees. Nonprofit agency Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) will work directly with the SF State community. ILD’s mission is to promote justice through providing legal representation to underserved immigrant communities.

Attorneys and paralegals are available to assist students with general consultations, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals and general assistance in filling out forms such as family-based petitions. This project aims to serve undocumented students, students with immigration questions, staff and faculty. 

This new initiative will be rolled out in two phases: 

Phase 1: While details of the on-campus legal services are being finalized, the Dream Resource Center will refer students, staff and faculty with immigration legal concerns to ILD. Lawyers will assist in person at ILD’s Oakland office. To be referred to an attorney, contact AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo at ext. 5-3503 or at and include the following information: 

  • Name 
  • SF State ID number 
  • A brief description of services needed (DACA renewal, TPS, public charge, etc.)  

Phase 2: Attorneys will meet with students, staff and faculty with immigration legal concerns at SF State two days a month in confidential offices near or close to the Dream Resource Center.

Contact Norma Salcedo with questions about services provided at SF State. For additional information, visit

Wei Ming Dariotis

Dariotis named CEETL faculty director

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) has selected Wei Ming Dariotis as its new faculty director. Her term began in August, right before New Faculty Foundations.

Dariotis is professor of Asian American Studies and affiliate faculty of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at SF State. She has served as president of the campus chapter of the California Faculty Association, on the Academic Senate Executive Council and in other leadership roles. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara.

To further develop its collaborative leadership model, CEETL has also enacted a transition plan that provides stability and support through organizational change. This plan allows for the outgoing faculty director to transition out of the role while the new faculty director transitions into the role. In practice, this means that Dariotis and former Faculty Director Amy Kilgard, along with fellow collaborative leadership team members Maggie Beers and Teggin Summers, have been collaborating on planning, facilitating and delivering CEETL programming; sharing institutional history and knowledge; and innovating on the CEETL vision and mission.

A bowl of fruits and a plate of pastries

Bon appetit — the Vista Room is back!

The Vista Room, SF State’s on-campus fine-dining restaurant and food service learning laboratory, has ended its summer hiatus and reopened its doors. The new fall menu includes shrimp and pineapple skewers, curried rice noodles, sesame ginger chicken salad and much more. Make your reservations online.

Curriculum Development Grants

This year’s Student Success in the Majors grants will go toward supporting the creation of multidisciplinary certificates and minors. The Academic Master Plan process revealed that faculty are interested in working across programs to create innovative new curricula. These grants are in response to that interest. The call for proposals can be found on the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website.

The campus is also leading a group of six CSU campuses in curricular redesign based on three previously successful cohorts of the Teagle Curricular Redesign project. Five programs will be selected for a learning community focused on redesigning their majors. The call for proposals can also be found on the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website.

Academic Senate Agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center for its second meeting of the academic year. Visitors are welcome. 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 includes the following:

  • Proposed revision to the charge of the Strategic Issues Committee in the bylaws of the Academic Senate — first reading.
  • Proposed revisions to the Master of Science in Biology: Concentrations in Cell & Molecular Biology, Integrative Biology, and Physiology & Behavioral Biology — first reading.
  • Reorganization of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) to remove the Criminal Justice Studies Program from the school — information item.
  • Revisions to the definitions of substantive and non-substantive curriculum proposals for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — information item.
  • A report from the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (3 p.m. time certain).

Review documents for Senate plenary online.

ITS to offer Microsoft Teams demos

This fall Information Technology Services (ITS) will be offering demo sessions of Microsoft Teams, a campuswide collaboration service available to students, faculty and staff. Learn about audio, video and instant messaging to collaborate with other users and groups as well as how to establish teams and channels to better organize your group’s work. Seating is limited, so please register for one of the sessions via Qualtrics. Prior to attending, ITS recommends that users review the three-minute Microsoft Teams Interactive Demo online.

To learn more about the ITS Microsoft Teams service, go to the ITS Teams page at

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone Ally program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQ+ community. The Safe Zone Ally program fosters a safe campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ+ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. For more details or to register, RVSP to Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415.

AT Open Pedagogy Lunch & Learn, Oct. 3

Join Academic Technology’s Teaching and Learning team (TLT) on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in LIB 286 for an Open Pedagogy Lunch & Learn event. At this event, you will:

  • Discover how your colleagues inspire student-driven Open Education Resources using the 5R’s: retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribution of content.
  • Gain pedagogical approaches to shift students from consumers of information to architects of renewable and reusable learning materials.

Lunch will be provided. Register to reserve your space.

Questions? Contact the Teaching and Learning Team at

An Evening with Tommy Orange, Oct. 15

Novelist Tommy Orange, winner of the 2019 Gina Berriault Award, will come to campus for an event Tuesday, Oct. 15. Orange is the author of “There There,” the bestselling novel about urban Native Americans that won the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award. Orange will read from his work, answer questions from Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Carolina De Robertis and sign books. Supported by the George and Judy Marcus Fund and co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Department and Fourteen Hills, the free event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Creative Arts building’s Knuth Hall.

Gina Berriault was a novelist, short story writer and SF State professor who passed away in 1999. The award named after her is given annually to a writer who reflects her compassion and love for storytelling.

Center for Applied Housing Research Distinguished Speaker Event, Oct. 17

PACE’s Center for Applied Housing Research is excited to host Professor Dowell Myers at its 2019 Distinguished Speaker Event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Downtown Campus. Myers is a professor of policy, planning and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. A leading expert in the interactions between demographics, markets, politics and policy-making, he is the most recognized specialist in the U.S. on how demographic trends drive housing and real estate. His talk — “Can Indirect Strategies Reduce Shortages, Restrain Housing Cannibals, and Promote Affordability?” — will explore indirect solutions to housing problems and report on recent research that reassesses the causes of the housing crisis in the Bay Area and nationwide.

Those interested in attending should email Brooke Ashton at or Ayse Pamuk at for a link to the RSVP form.

National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 21-25

Interested in providing support to our transfer students? Are you a former transfer student and want to give back to your community? Come join the celebration of SF State transfer students during National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 21-25. The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) welcomes the campus to help build awareness of the University’s transfer community and celebrate accomplished students.

Here are a few concrete ways that you and your program can be involved. Any one of these would be a great contribution to the week and will help build community around campus.

  • Come table with DUEAP, the ¡ESO! Adelante Transfer Peer Mentors and other campus partners, who will be on the Quad Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be greeting transfer students and handing out flyers and commemorative items. Even if you can only stay for 15 minutes, they would love to have you drop by and help.
  • Facilitate a transfer student-centered workshop or event. Your workshop will be added to a list of transfer student activities for the week. The topic is up to you — just remember to keep our transfer students in mind.
  • Publicize National Transfer Student Week on social media and in your office spaces. Marketing materials are coming soon. DUEAP will email/deliver when they are ready.
  • Spread the word. Tell transfers about this opportunity. Share this information with faculty and staff who might be interested in helping.

Excited to get started? Fill out a Qualtrics interest form.

In memoriam: Carol Morgan Severin

Carol Morgan Severin, professor emerita in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT), died Tuesday, July 9. She was 90 years old.

After receiving an M.S. in Recreation from SF State in 1961, Severin began a 42-year teaching career for the RPT Department. Every class introduced students to recreation, parks and tourism through experiential education. Severin was the first faculty member to bring students to Chamonix, France, for an outdoor recreation class, where they skied and discussed the environmental and economic impact of tourism from the 1924 Winter Olympic games. She also worked with Janet Pomeroy (another RPT alumna from SF State) to provide students with learning opportunities at one of the first recreation centers for people with disabilities — the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center.

Upon retirement, Severin served on East Bay Regional Park District’s (EBRPD) Board of Directors from 1994-2014, continuing her work of expanding recreation opportunities and park access and usage among park visitors, particularly youth, seniors and underrepresented populations. She received numerous awards throughout her career, including the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration’s prestigious Pugsley Medal in 2000.

Severin was a charismatic and resolute pioneer in parks and recreation. Her contributions, impact and love for students, people and parks are laudable examples of SF State’s mission and will continue to be remembered through the EBRPD internship program and the Regional Parks Foundation’s Carol Severin Scholarship.

Professor’s research paints picture of online #MeToo movement

On Oct. 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano sparked a firestorm on social media when she asked her Twitter followers to reply “me too” if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted. What followed were 1.5 million responses — many from sexual assault survivors sharing their experiences, others from people showing support and some from critics — all using the hashtag #MeToo. SF State Assistant Professor of Economics Sepideh Modrek watched the movement unfold online from her home. Her Twitter feed filled up with friends and acquaintances disclosing details of their own abuse, she says, and something compelled her to start archiving the tweets. She didn’t know it at the time, but this would be the foundation for her latest research project. That research, published Sept. 3 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is a snapshot of the online movement during that first week when it reached critical mass. Read more about Modrek’s findings on the SF State News website.

Tumbat warns against impulse purchases

Professor of Marketing Gulnur Tumbat discussed branding and marketing strategies stores use to encourage customers to buy more products in an ABC7 News segment. “Be really careful what you see closer to the checkout line. And all this small, seemingly cheap stuff. They get you there,” she said. “Five out of six people buy something based on impulse at the checkout lines.”

Boyer sings praises of eelgrass

Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer was quoted in an East Bay Express article about a new public art sculpture entitled “Changing Tide.” To be unveiled in Richmond next month, the sculpture tries to communicate the simple elegance of eelgrass — something Boyer appreciates already. “If people do stumble onto the edge of an eelgrass bed that is exposed on a low tide, they might see the plants splayed out on the sand or mud, but it won’t give them a sense of what this lush habitat is like,” Boyer said.

Tuman mulls Harris’ presidential aspirations

Professor of Communications Studies Joe Tuman commented on U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in a Sacramento News and Review article. Tuman thinks that President Donald Trump fears Harris more than other Democratic candidates. The clue: Trump hasn’t given Harris a demeaning nickname as he has “Sleepy Joe” Biden or “Crazy Bernie” Sanders. “I think truthfully that is not a debate he wants to do,” Tuman says of a Harris vs. Trump matchup. “The moment he starts doing the nonsense he did last time around, Kamala would put him in his place very quickly.”