September 2019 Newsletter
Program Summary
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has six anchor programs providing high quality and meaningful public service, leadership development, and civic engagement opportunities for SF State students across the university. Whether students are interested in long-term internships or one-day volunteering opportunities, ICCE offers Community Service-Learning (CSL) opportunities that help with coordination of service-learning courses and university-approved community partners. The newsletter offers an update of ICCE’s anchor programs, CSL opportunities, faculty research and scholarship spotlight, and new highlights across campus.

  • Message from the Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning
  • Faculty Spotlight
  • New ICCE Faculty Fellow from LCA!
  • Community Service Learning (CSL)
  • Call to Service Initiative Grants
  • CSL Student Spotlights
  • CSL Announcements
  • Academic Internships
  • Fall 2019 Academic Internships Information
  • Anchor Programs
  • Introducing our new Civic Engagement Fellows!
  • Program Highlights
  • News and Announcements
  • Alumni Spotlight: Edgar Barraza
  • The New York Times & AASCU Student Writing Contest
  • SFSU Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week
Message from the Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning
I hope everyone had a fun-filled and productive summer and you're ready for the start of another academic year. I’m very happy to announce that I have renewed my term with ICCE for another 3-years! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this position as faculty director and, as we made great strides over the last few years, I’m elated to continue our forward momentum with such a great team. 

With a new year also comes a new graduate student assistant. Please join me in congratulating Liliana Moore who is beginning her graduate studies this fall in the Social, Personality, and Affective Science Psychology program. Liliana has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music from one of our sister schools, Cal Poly, including graduating Magna Cum Laude. She comes to us with strong credentials and experience working with faculty at UC Davis. As mentioned by one of her supervisors, at UC Davis, it was noted that “Liliana has made herself indispensable to me and to many other faculty at the law school. She's eager to learn, hard-working, organized, and a delight to be around.” I’m delighted to have Liliana on the team with us starting this fall. (Read more)
Faculty Spotlight
Fall 2019 Faculty Engaged Fellow
Dr. Mariana K. Leal

ICCE is pleased to announce our third Faculty Fellow since spring of 2018; this year we will work closely with Dr. Mariana K. Leal Ferreira, Professor of Medical Anthropology, School of Humanities and Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. Dr. Ferreira is a medical anthropologist who studies the social causes of illnesses—how poverty, violence, and displacement affect physical health. Her research includes Type 2 diabetes among indigenous peoples and the distribution of breast cancer in the Bay Area. As our fall Engaged Faculty Fellow, Dr. Ferreira hopes to increase the representation of CSL courses across all Schools, Departments, and Programs in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. As she states, “ Students who take CSL designated courses have allegedly better graduation rates than those who do not. They are also more competitive in the job market because of their real-life experiences in their own communities. Thus, an increase in CSL courses in LCA benefits the College and its students.” Congratulations and welcome Dr. Ferreira!
Community Service-Learning (CSL)
Call to Service Initiative Grants

ICCE is announcing the 2020 Call to Service grants for activities occurring during the calendar year 2020 (Jan. 1-Dec. 18, 2020). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community, and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research, and findings. ICCE will host two information sessions regarding grants, categories, submissions deadlines, and application details.
Call to Service Information Sessions:
Monday, Sept. 9, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: LIB 286 - Faculty Commons
The deadline for proposals for all categories is Tuesday, October 1, at 5 p.m.

Note: Funding for awards is dependent on ICCE allocation from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.
CSL Student Spotlights
DES 505: Senior Design Projects - Students Complete Summer Session with Success 

This summer DES 505, Research & Development Laboratory, 16 students completed their senior projects. Professor Ricardo Gomes, Professor & Coordinator Design Center for Global Needs/Shapira Design Archive, School of Design, provided outstanding leadership once again! Then on Aug 15th Dr. Gomes and his class provided the opportunity for faculty, students, community partners, and guests to meet students and learn about their projects. That final public presentation was conducted as an informal reception and poster presentation of the students’ respective research projects. Accompanying their poster session, they also presented their Research Report and Proof-of-Concept prototypes, or articles. Many of the designated CSL-related Senior Degree Projects address the “Social Impact of Design” in meeting the needs of Bay Area community organizations, development agencies, or entrepreneurial “DIY” (Do-It-Yourself) small businesses. As noted by Dr. Gomes, “ I am very pleased with the overall consistency of quality, parity, and execution of the 505 Projects developed in an intensive 8-week summer timeframe.”  (Read more)
CSL Announcements
Placement Sites & Course Designation

For CSL presentations or to add a community partner to our service-learning database, please contact Glendie Domingo at
CSL Faculty
ICCE is ready to support you with your CSL course. Whether you have a designated or non-designated service-learning course, our staff aim to provide you with the resources to support your efforts in providing these high-impact opportunities to your students. Please advise us on the following:
  • If you are teaching, an “officially designated CSL course” this Fall 2019 and you do not see your course section(s) on this list, per content on our website, please contact Glendie, by Tues., Sept. 10th, to ensure you can upload your students’ hours into the University system at the end of the semester. 
  • If you are teaching a non-designated CSL course and would like to officially designate your course, please see information here. And, feel free to set up an appointment with the ICCE Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning, Dr. Nina Roberts, - "CSL 101" workshop scheduled for Fri., Oct. 11th in ADM 460, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • All CSL learning sites must be University-approved partners before student placement. An up-to-date list of approved sites can be found on SF State ULink. Glendie can meet with you to discuss the process to ensure your partners are ready for placement. 
CSL Students
  • All students taking a CSL course must create a new profile on SF State ULink. Once you are registered, you can browse through the list of approved learning sites and service opportunities. ICCE can help you determine service sites that may be suitable for your course and interest. Please contact Glendie to set-up an appointment.  

  • All students must complete a Learning Plan upon placement. This document outlines your rights & responsibilities and enables both your faculty, and learning site supervisor, to understand shared expectations. Visit Student Resources on the ICCE website for more information. If your site is not on this list, let us know and we'll contact them for you.
Internship & Service-Learning Fair

ICCE is having our bi-annual Internship & Service-Learning Fair next week, Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10am-2pm at the Quad . All are invited to meet our community partners and explore the opportunities they offer. Students interested in areas such as education, social work, recreation, health, youth development, and many other fields, are recommended to attend. Our partners are ready to talk about the work they do in the community and how SF State can contribute!

Please go to SF State ULink to find out more information about the organizations and opportunities they offer.
Academic Internships
In response to the Executive Order 1064, as of fall 2018, ICCE began overseeing the risk management process for all internships that are associated with a credit-bearing course (excluding clinical and student teaching). Based on the pilot program findings and Senate Policy S17-278 mandates ICCE, in consultation with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), developed procedures, applicable templates, and best practices for the following: 1) internship planning, 2) placement assessment, 3) internship site visits, 4) placement & orientation, and 5) annual review. In AY 2018-2019, ICCE worked with 23 departments/programs, onboarding a total of 55-course sections with 622 enrolled students and received a request of 635 potential organizations to be processed as University-approved learning placement sites. For more information regarding risk management administrative support for academic internships, visit our website, and/or contact Eunice H. Kim, Academic Internship Partnerships & Compliance Coordinator at
Anchor Programs
Introducing our new Civic Engagement Fellows!
The Civic Engagement Fellows program is a one-year, cohort-based, service-learning program aimed at preparing students to be active participants in their communities and enhances their leadership skills, both on and off campus. The Fellows are required to participate in weekly readings with group discussions; and, they complete 150 hours of service (10 hrs./week) in the community each semester.

Every year, in addition to the continued service and reflection on social theory, a community-based research project is required where the Fellows design, implement, and evaluate a project organized in collaboration with their chosen service site. The program, therefore, aims to address a real-world need and develop leadership skills, knowledge, experience, and commitments to social change in collaboration with community partners and other SF State students. For more information, visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Elizabeth Ambrocio - Political Science, B.A.

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Ambrocio, and I am a Sophomore at SF State majoring in Political Science. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, so it is a wonderful experience for me to continue my education and work in the city that I love. When I am not working or studying, I really enjoy painting, reading, and watching movies. A fun fact about me is that I once was chosen to have one of my art pieces inspired by an African tribe mask to be displayed in an exhibit at the de Young Museum, encouraging SFUSD students to learn different cultures and techniques through art. I have always enjoyed art and other forms of self-expression, which is why I believe that it is important to incorporate and protect electives within our schools. When I graduate from SF State, I hope to be able to continue my education and go to law school, allowing me to become an advocate for my community. I hope to address many of the issues that I care about and see in my community, for example, improving our public education system for our children, supporting those who are impacted on issues surrounding immigration, housing, and gentrification. Growing up in San Francisco, especially in the mission district, I was fortunate to have been exposed at a young age to the importance of community involvement. Therefore, being able to be apart of the ICCE Civic Engagement Fellows program, a program that connects students on campus to other local organizations in hopes to encourage students to become more active in their community is a tremendous honor for me. As a Civic Engagement Fellow, I am so excited to continue growing, learning, and serving my community, and it’s people through amazing local organizations like La Raza Centro Legal and Instituto Familiar de La Raza. 
Katheryn Wren - Political Science, B.A.

Hello, my name is Kathryn Wren, I am a Political Science major, and I'm double minoring in Communications and California Studies. I am originally from Chula Vista, CA. This fall I will be a Civic Engagement Fellow under the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. I am a fifth-year senior and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2020. After I graduate, I hope to attend graduate school to further my education and eventually gain employment in either local or state government. The social issues I am passionate about are universal health care, the prison industrial complex, and gender discrimination. The organization I am most interested in working with this semester is the Neighborhood Services, which is an agency within the City of San Francisco that helps communities improve resource delivery to its constituents. I really enjoy reading and going to the movies. A fun fact about myself is that I am left-handed. 
Belen Lopez - Latino/a Studies, B.A.

My name is Belen Lopez, and I am a senior at SF State. I am majoring in Latino/a Studies and minoring in both Critical Social Thought and Education. I am from Modesto, CA. Some of my hobbies include watching shows, yoga, and doing jigsaw puzzles. A fun fact about me is that I have been a docent for the SF State Observatory. This year I will be serving as an ICCE Civic Engagement Fellow, and I hope to be working with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) this year because of their focus on strengthening low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. I feel very passionate about ending the wealth inequality in our country and feel that organizations such as MEDA are making great strides in combating wealth inequality in underserved communities.
America Reads Program Highlights
America Reads tutors are SF State undergraduate students from various backgrounds and majors who are interested in working with youth. As part of their training, tutors utilize creative and innovative ways to design culturally relevant lesson plans to enhance the reading experience for their assigned students. Over time, tutors develop experience and understanding related to working in urban public schools, while they make connections with teachers, principals, supervisors, and, most rewarding, with their elementary level students. For more information, visit our  website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
America Counts Program Highlights
The America Counts tutoring program is a federally funded work-study program whereby SF State students are recruited across all six colleges to tutor youth in K-8 public schools and after-school programs throughout San Francisco. The program focuses on elementary and middle school students who are struggling with their math skills, but tutors may be asked to support and facilitate in other areas such as reading, history, sports, etc. For more information, visit our  website or follow our story at  #iconnectSFSU.
JusticeCorps Program Highlights
JusticeCorps is a court-based AmeriCorps Program whose members assist litigants who cannot afford an attorney to help themselves resolve their legal matters in family and civil law. Since it began in 2006, the Bay Area JusticeCorps program has served more than 120,000 self-represented litigants and graduated 400+ JusticeCorps alumni. JusticeCorps has both a full-time fellowship for recent college graduates and graduating seniors and a student- member program for students who will be enrolled in one of seven partner colleges and universities: UC Berkeley, SF State, Cal State East Bay, Stanford, and San Jose State. For more information, visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Golden Gate National Parks: Academic Internships Highlights
This exciting opportunity is a partnership between SF State University, the National Park Service/Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The  Academic Internship Program is a semester-long internship with the Golden Gate National Parks that encourages student interns to expand their learning and knowledge outside of the classroom while earning a stipend and academic credit. With a goal of diversifying the workforce student interns support the parks through varying capacities such as youth development, community engagement, habitat restoration, business management, law enforcement, historical interpretation, and more. For more information, visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Civic Engagement Fellows Program Highlights
The Civic Engagement Fellows assist with programming, recruitment, and outreach efforts with ICCE. The Fellows offer students a unique leadership opportunity and play an integral role in the development and operations of the Institute. Each Civic Engagement Fellow is also a peer educator responsible for facilitating workshops on a variety of community topics. Fellows are chosen based on their proven leadership experience, effectiveness in advocating for the community, and the ability to contribute to the mission and goals of ICCE. For more information, visit our  website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
If you are interested in more information about any of the anchor programs above, please contact Jose R. Lopez at or visit our programs online.
News and Announcement
Alumni Spotlight: Edgar Barraza
Civic Engagement Fellow 2017-2018
Edgar Barraza was born in Los Angeles, a first-generation college graduate from SF State with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies emphasizing on Sustainability and Social justice. Upon learning forms of government facilitated institutionalized racism, he developed a passion for environmental justice aspiring to one day be a leader to all of the communities he belongs to. He began his political and environmental justice journey at the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, soon after that, he received an opportunity to intern at La Raza Centro Legal and San Francisco Department of the Environment. At his time as the CivicSpark Climate Fellow at the City of Emeryville, he had the chance to utilize his skills and center racial, gender, and accessibility equity in his work and develop an equitable Building Electrification Action Plan. With his newly developed skills, he plans to continue to advocate for intersectional equity in local government practices and learn from current environmental justice champions to one day follow in their footsteps. Edgar is now working at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as an Environmental Justice & Land Use Associate and will be helping the agency apply an equity lens to their operations. 
The New York Times & AASCU Student Writing Contest: "A More Perfect Union"
" AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and The New York Times are pleased to announce a student writing contest: A More Perfect Union. In 750 words or less, students should describe how an article in The New York Times sparked their thinking about civic and political engagement. Open to all ADP campuses, the contest will showcase students and provide them with an opportunity to speak about what civic engagement means to them. Contest winners will receive a cash prize—$500 for the top entry and $250 for the runner up—and have their essays published in The New York Times' Education section and on the ADP webpage. For additional rules and information, please see the contest webpage. We encourage you to share this contest with your campuses, student government, student media, other student organizations, and faculty. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 30, 2019."
SFSU Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary
Commemoration Week
The College of Ethnic Studies at SF State invites you to the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week on October 7-12. They are hosting a series of events, including interactive presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, performances, and opportunities for inter-generational dialogue among college founders, students, faculty, staff, and the on and off-campus colleagues.

Visit the Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner event page to buy gala tickets and to learn about sponsorship opportunities and tribute ads in the commemorative event program.
Have a great academic year! 
Come visit us when you’re on campus!
Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE)
Email: - Phone:  415-338-6419  - Fax:  415-338-0587