November 20, 2023

News and Announcements

San Francisco State University 1968-1969 strike

As social movements across the globe are more active than ever, San Francisco State University just upgraded its own archives of the historic 1968 – 1969 Black Student Union/Third World Liberation Front student-led strike. Now, anyone can do their research easily through one comprehensive website, the San Francisco State Strike Collection. It is home to hundreds of historical photos, news footage, posters and flyers, documents and oral histories.  

The new website launched last week on Nov. 6 — marking 55 years to the day when SF State students first walked out to demand a curriculum that reflected the diversity of Black and other ethnic communities. The contentious, heavily policed strike continued for 115 days, becoming the longest college student strike in American history and forever changing the face of higher education. It not only resulted in SF State establishing the nation’s first College of Ethnic Studies, it also paved the way for a nationwide movement in ethnic studies as an academic field. 

The new online collection, organized by Special Collections & Archives in the J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State, combines materials that were previously available on several different websites. University Archives, the Bay Area Television Archive and the Labor Archives and Research Center are the sources for the materials.  

“The SF State Strike Collection is a major contribution to students, faculty, staff and community members who want to reflect, teach, study and understand the sacrifices made to establish the College of Ethnic Studies,” said Grace Yoo, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies. “It preserves the legacy of activists who founded the College of Ethnic Studies and shares this legacy with the rest of the world.” 

The collection also includes content that was previously not available, with more coming soon. An interactive exhibit tells the story of the strike through text, images and video, including events beginning in 1966 that led to the strike. At the time, SF State students created the nation’s first Black Student Union, which then proposed an institute of Black studies to a campus academic committee. 

“Our hope is that the site will highlight the social justice legacy of the campus, tell the full story of the strike and show how ordinary students mobilized to create the College of Ethnic Studies, special admissions and more,” said Eva Martinez, team processing lead for Special Collections. 

Visit the San Francisco State Strike Collection.

Photo by Terry Schmitt 

Covid genome

The Science, Technology and Society Hub invites the campus community to “Viral Politics: Long COVID,” a panel discussion on Friday, Dec. 1, 2 – 3 p.m., in Library 121 and on Zoom. Four prominent patient-activists — Chimére L. Sweeney, Karyn Bishof, Lisa McCorkell and Charlie McCone — will discuss the state of policy, advocacy and politics around long COVID.  

This event is sponsored by a Research Community Development Grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

San Francisco State University dance student in lunge pose

The School of Theatre and Dance presents “Praxis: New Moves” from Friday, Dec. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. This year’s showcase, under the guidance of Dance Professor Ray Tadio, features six outstanding, up-and-coming student choreographers creating work that reflects a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and dance disciplines.

Tickets are $9 for student and $12 general admission. Visit the online box office to purchase tickets

Photo by Chani Bockwinkel 

Professor of Psychology Zena Mello, who serves as the principal investigator of a currently funded Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) project, has successfully secured multiple Cornelius Hopper Diversity Supplemental student grants. These grants, totaling $100,000, are specifically earmarked to promote diversity and support students working under Mello’s mentorship.

The Office of Human Resources invites all University employees to the CSU’s Got Talent webcast, “Unstoppable Resilience: Avoiding Burnout and Discovering How to Flourish Instead,” on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 – 11 a.m.  The presenter is Eva Selhub, a physician, author and the founder of Resiliency Experts. 

Register via Zoom.

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning holds its second “WE WEDNESDAY” event on Wednesday, Dec. 13, noon – 1 p.m., in Library 240.  

“WE WEDNESDAY” is a space for University colleagues to come together in shared interests and learn to cultivate rest, joy and community in our academic lives. No RSVP required. Please drop in to connect with peers and enjoy goodies from our holiday bake exchange or just to take a break. Bring your favorite baked item and the recipe page to share if you can. 

SF State Spotlight

“Mulheres À Cesta: Women to the Basket,” a documentary produced by Kinesiology Professor Claudia Guedes, won an “Excellence Guirlande d’Honneur 2023” at Sport Movies and TV: the 40th Milano International FICTS Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held Nov. 11. 

The “Excellence Guirlande d’Honneur” is the most significant honor given by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee. With this award, the film will become part of the FICTS Hall of Fame. 

The documentary, based on the book “Mulheres a Cesta: História do Basquete Feminino no Brasil: 1892 – 1971,” reveals the story of the pioneering Brazilian women’s basketball team that won the first medal in a world championship in modality in 1971. 

“Mulheres À Cesta: Women to the Basket” was submitted to CINEESPORTE-Sports Film Festival and CINEFOOT-Football Film Festival in 2022. The film then participated in the competitive sample of the Lisbon Sports Film Festival, winning the award for best documentary in the Sports and Society category. 

Through their powerful stories, Guedes and others gave the directors and scriptwriters the inspiration to create an emotional, dynamic and honest documentary. 

The “Sage Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies” has been published and features contributions from Asian American Studies faculty. They include Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, the co-editor, and contributors such as Professor Emeritus Daniel Phil Gonzales and Professors Arlene Daus-Magbual, Eugene Gambol, Irene Duller, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez and Verma Zapanta

“Light and Clay: New and Selected Poems” (MadHat Press) is the 19th book of poetry by Creative Writing Professor Maxine Chernoff.  

“In Maxine Chernoff’s new collection of excellent earlier and brilliant melodic new poems, beautiful staccato images follow one another in short lines that dance down the page in a magical stream,” Clarence Major said. “The poems are alive with surreal vigor, and surprises abound. In their formality and artfulness of design, they are also pleasantly unpredictable. The natural world fascinates Chernoff (birds, a leaf, a raindrop), and her insight into a wide range of other subjects is always rendered with the same lyrical intensity and poignancy she brings to the natural world.” 

Next fall MadHat Press will publish a book of essays on Chernoff’s work. 

Latino/a Studies Lecturer Daisy Zamora has won the XXIII Premio Casa de América de Poesía Americana, one of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic American literature. 

Zamora’s poetry has been translated into more than 30 languages and is included in numerous anthologies and “The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.” 

Research by Clare Sears, associate professor of sociology and sexuality studies, on 19th-century anti-drag laws is cited in a story in the Columbus Monthly published. Nov. 13 

Sears’ book “Arresting Dress” identifies Columbus, Ohio, as the second city in the nation to establish a law banning “improper dress.” Municipal governments nationwide, including in San Francisco, attempted to “impose their vision of social order onto city space,” Sears wrote. 

Associate Professors of Counseling Molly Strear and Tiffany O’Shaughnessy attended the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference to both present on their scholarship and help recruit for the open School Counseling faculty position. The meeting was held Oct. 11 – 15 in Denver. 

Strear presented a 50-minute education session titled “The Intersectional School Counseling Supervision Model: A Tool for Change.” Strear and O’Shaughnessy also co-presented a 50-minute education session titled “Equity and Justice-Focused Integrated Behavioral Health Training Project,” highlighting how to use federal training grants to better support student development. They also held a 30-minute “job talk” session, allowing them to meet and answer questions from prospective applicants. 

Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Jackson Wilson received the David L. Gallahue Champion Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. The award recognizes contributions of alumni who advance the cause of justice and equality. 

Established in 2016, the award is named after David Gallahue, who served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington from 1970 to 2007 and as dean from 2002 to 2007, and was a champion for diversity and inclusion. Recipients are alumni who have made significant and sustained contributions in the advancement of health equities. 

On Nov. 14, the San Diego Union-Tribune published an opinion piece by student Lauren H. Delgado explaining the importance of saving bee populations.

She recommends ecological farming as a technique to support bee colonies.  

“Ecological farming is a system that restores soil nutrients with compost systems, refrains from losing soil from water and wind erosion, and avoids the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and farming methods that weaken soil,” Delgado wrote. “This way of ecological agriculture restores bee populations, which in doing so preserves ecosystem diversity and supports water filtration, pollination, oxygen production, pest and disease control.”

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel’s recent media hits include an East Bay Times article from Nov. 12 about the Asia-Pacific Economic Corp. (APEC) conference that brought world leaders to San Francisco. 

He says President Biden’s presence at the conference provided an opportunity to demonstrate engagement with world leaders and push his agenda for reelection. 

“This is less responding to crises and more of a U.S. foreign policy that’s active rather than reactive,” McDaniel said. “That’s something President Biden will want to show.”