August 21,2017


University launches Division of Equity & Community Inclusion

SF State has formed a new division within its administration to promote equity and inclusion, advance social justice, improve the campus climate for all students and facilitate intercultural and intergroup dialogue. The Division of Equity & Community Inclusion will work with student clubs and organizations and other campus partners to close the educational equity gap in support of the Graduation Initiative 2025, which seeks to raise retention and graduation rates, strengthen student learning and improve the student experience at all levels.

Manuel Alejandro Pérez will serve as the interim assistant vice president for Equity & Community Inclusion beginning Sept. 13. Pérez has committed over 15 years of service and work experience to different areas of higher education in California, most recently serving as the dean of Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College in Sacramento

SF State plans to eventually conduct national searches to appoint a director of the new Black Unity Center and a director of the Office of Diversity & Student Equity. In the meantime, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Serie McDougal and Aimee Zenzele Barnes will serve as interim directors, respectively. Barnes has been interim executive director of Associated Students at SF State since 2014. The division will be housed in the 1st floor of Village C, across from the Office of International Programs.

Learn more about the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion.

Call for proposals: "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict"

SF State is launching a Year of Conversation on the subject of "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict." Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate, the year-long initiative will offer a platform and structure for our community to explore existential questions about what it means to be a university in a world of conflict (both eternal and internal), what kind of institution we are and want to be, and what our students need from us in order to become tomorrow's leaders. Proposals are invited for workshops that foster campus conversation and strengthen our shared capacity for mutual understanding, community and engagement. Workshops can take many forms -- such as reading groups, colloquia with visitors, skill-building exercises and more -- in order to address our defining question: "how to be a university in a world of conflict." Led by faculty, workshops will be open to all members of the SF State community as participants or co-organizers.

Download a proposal form. Proposals will be due to the Academic Senate Office on Friday, Sept. 1. For more information, contact Demarco Anthony Garcia.

We're #1: SF State tops list of Gilman Scholarship recipients

SF State received the most Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships in the nation for students studying abroad in the 2017-18 academic year. The U.S. State Department recently announced that it awarded nearly 1,000 of the prestigious Gilman scholarships to students from 326 colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic year. SF State led all colleges and universities by receiving 42 scholarships totaling in excess of $200,000 for students studying abroad during the 2017-18 academic year.

This is the second year in a row that SF State has received the most Gilman scholarships, which are designed to enable students of limited financial means to study abroad. By leading the country in Gilman Scholarships received, SF State has once again reinforced its position as a national leader in promoting diversity and equity in education abroad.

For fall 2017 and the 2017-18 academic year, SF State students will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. The Office of International Programs extends special congratulations to the 42 SF State students who will now have the opportunity to study abroad with the financial support of a Gilman scholarship.

SF State to go 100% smoke free

In an effort to improve the health and wellness of everyone who works on or visits a CSU campus, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White issued an executive order in April directing that all campuses be totally smoke free as of Friday, Sept. 1. The ban on smoking will apply to SF State students, faculty, staff and anyone else on University grounds. This includes residential life properties, parking lots, the downtown campus and the Romberg Tiburon Center, and there will no longer be designated smoking areas on the main campus.

The ban applies to:

  • Cigars, cigarettes, cigarillos and pipes
  • Electronic cigarettes/e-cigarettes
  • Hookahs
  • Other tobacco products (such as chewing tobacco/snuff)
  • Plant products (such as marijuana)
  • Synthetic products (such as synthetic marijuana)

The directive from the Office of the Chancellor -- Executive Order 1108 -- also calls for each campus to create a task force dedicated to implementing the policy and creating smoking cessation support for members of the CSU community. SF State's task force has been meeting since June and will soon announce a variety of programs designed to support students and the broader SF State community in this transition.

Campus eclipse viewing

For the first time in 40 years, a solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. On Monday, Aug. 21., SF State students will set up at least one telescope in the Quad and have other tools on hand to safely view the solar eclipse, weather permitting. The eclipse will visible in the Bay Area between 9:01 a.m. and 11:37 a.m.

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Mashouf Wellness Center opening details

The campus community is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mashouf Wellness Center, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the center's grand entrance plaza. The ceremony will include remarks by SF State President Les Wong, Associated Students Board of Directors President Jackie Foley, Campus Recreation Director Pam Su and alumnus Manny Mashouf, the founder of bebe stores and a key supporter of the new center. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony and facility tours and activities will be available for attendees until 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff can come to an exclusive pre-enrollment event Tuesday, Aug. 22, to sign up to use the new facility at the following rates.

  • Annual membership: $524
  • Semester: $213
  • Summer: $99
  • 10-punch pass: $95
  • Guest pass: $10

Questions? Contact Jen Menary, marketing and participation engagement coordinator, at

FitPlus program promotes faculty and staff wellness

Are you thinking about how to make this academic year healthier, become more productive or feel more energized throughout your workday? Join FitPlus, the wellness program for faculty and staff. FitPlus offers yoga, aerobics, strength training and swim classes during the lunch hour every day of the week in the Gym. Check it out at no cost from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8 and pay only $50 for the semester (Sept. 11 to Dec. 20). FitPlus also offers Lunch and Learn talks throughout the semester focused on health-related topics of interest to faculty and staff.

Whether or not you've participated in the program in the past, please take the time to answer this short survey to help shape FitPlus into the program you'd like to join.

Zoom webinar

Learn about Zoom, SF State’s online video conferencing platform. An upcoming webinar will cover what video conferencing is, how you and your students can access it and ideas on how you might use Zoom to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more.

The webinar will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. To receive the sign-on link to access it, register online.

For more information about Zoom web conferencing, visit

Town hall to examine LGBTQ health and wellness

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, SF State's Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) will host an LGBTQ town hall discussion in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Scheduled to last from 5 to 7 p.m., the discussion will explore the state of LGBTQ experiences on campus, with a focus on health and wellness. The entire SF State community is invited. Learn more.

CREGS is also searching for student interns to work in its gender and sexuality research and education center. Skills in communications and event production would be particularly valuable. Qualified students can be directed to the CREGS website for more information.

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Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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Tuesday, Aug. 22

Fall semester begins

Wednesday, Aug. 23

First day of instruction

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Department of Journalism

Professor Emeritus Ken Kobré has completed a one-hour documentary about the much-maligned wine rosé. The production of "La Revolution du Rosé: How a Ridiculed Wine Became a Winner" took Kobré around the world, with jaunts to France, Italy, South Africa and California. Edited with the help of Kobré's longtime colleague, Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Professor Emeritus John Hewitt, the documentary is available for viewing on iTunes.

School of Nursing

Professor Emerita Shannon Perry published "A Historical Perspective on Neonatal Transport" in the Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing's July-August issue.

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Objects of Affection

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Melissa K. Nelson contributed an essay to the recently published book "Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies." She discussed her contribution to the book on the Aug. 14 episode of the KPFA program "Against the Grain." Interviewed on the subject "Native Eco-Erotics," Nelson shed light on indigenous oral narratives that depict humans marrying non-human beings and even objects. "There were so many tribal traditions that speak to humans' intimate relationship with plants, animals, rocks, stars, mythical creatures, thunderbirds, underwater serpents," she said. "They get married, they have sex, they reproduce, they fight, they divorce, they have affairs." The full interview is available online.The full interview is available online.

Great Idea, Flawed Rollout?

Professor of Geography & Environment Jason Henderson commented in a recent San Francisco Examiner article about a bike-share program targeted at reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion. Despite the program's good intentions, its launch -- with thousands of bikes available at kiosks in city neighborhoods -- had some residents complaining about gentrification and lack of cultural sensitivity. "At face value, it's a great concept," Henderson said. "But I think the way the city is deploying it -- we're seeing with the pushback -- is clumsy."

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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SF State received $1,868,883 in grants and contracts in July.

Mojtaba Azadi Sohi, School of Engineering, JPK Instruments USA Inc., Time Dependent Mechanics of Soft Biomaterials, $10,000

Frank Bayliss, Biology, UCSF/Prime: National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Center: Center for Cellular Construction, $100,000

Charles Egan, Modern Languages & Literatures, Institute of International Education/Prime: Department of Defense, Chinese Flagship Program '17-18, $324,783

Zhaoshuo Jiang, School of Engineering, National Science Foundation, REU SITE: Collaborative Research: Integrated Academia-Industry Research Experience for Undergraduate in Smart Structure Technology (IAIRESST), $144,434

Zhaoshuo Jiang, Zahira Merchant, School of Engineering, Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA), Improving Student Learning through Novel Mobile Laboratories and Flipped Laboratory Learning Modules, $9,400

Misty Kuhn, Chemistry, National Science Foundation, Expanding the Repertoire of Chemical Tools to Study and Characterize Bacterial Gcn5-Related N-Acetyltransferase Functions, $240,000

Pleuni Pennings, Biology, National Science Foundation, NSFDEB-BSF: Collaborative Research: RUI: The Fitness Cost of Every Single Mutation in the HIV Genome, $612,266

Caitlin Ryan, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Santa Clara County, Integrating the Family Acceptance Project Model into Existing Services, $50,000

Yue-Ting Siu, Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Training the Next Generation of Audio Describers, $18,000

Jin Ye, School of Engineering, National Science Foundation, Low-Torque-Ripple Sensorless Control of Mutually Coupled Switched Reluctance Machines (MCSRMs), $360,000

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