May 2019 Newsletter
Program Summary
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has six signature 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 the Community Service-Learning (CSL) experiences that support the coordination of the service-learning courses and university-approved community partners. Below is a year-end summary of ICCE’s signature programs, CSL opportunities, faculty spotlight (CSL research and scholarship), and new highlights across campus.
  • Message from Faculty Director
  • Faculty Spotlights
  • Application open for Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning
  • Reflections from ICCE Faculty Fellow
  • CEETL High-Impact Teaching Award
  • Producing with Purpose
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Engaged CSL Research & Scholarship
  • CSL Course Announcement
  • Academic Internship
  • Fall 2019 & Summer 2019 Academic Internship Information
  • Signature Programs
  • Student Reflection Videos
  • News & Announcements
  • 2019 Panetta Congressional Intern
Message from the Faculty Director
As we end another incredible academic year at SF State, it’s a great opportunity for reflection and gratitude. With many success stories and achievements, there’s also room to explore what we can do better. ICCE is both balanced in our approach and expansive in our thinking, yet realistic with our capacity. Hence, nobody can do it alone; for us, we extend thanks to those who supported us this past year and offered their time and talents to help us keep moving forward. Our Advisory Council, for example, continues to be amazing, our student assistants and civic engagement fellows are devoted to this work and their own learning, and I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by a remarkable, committed staff. Part of why I wanted to come to SF State 14 years ago is because of its action and reputation around civic engagement and service-learning. To be part of an Institution that changes lives and values community service where students gain innumerable benefits, including developing skills in problem-solving and critical thinking, has been tremendously rewarding. (Read More)
Faculty Spotlights
DUEAP Invites Applications for Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning
Working closely with the Faculty & Community Advisory Council and Associate Director of ICCE, the Faculty Director of Community Engaged Scholarship & Learning will provide support for ICCE’s academic mission. The Faculty Director is primarily responsible for promoting and supporting academic service-learning, campus community partnerships, and civic engagement activities that inspire civic responsibility, enhance learning, and prepare students for a life of engaged citizenship. The Faculty Director will serve as a liaison to other programs relevant to faculty research, teaching, and community engagement

The Division of Undergraduate Education & Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for one 3-year term starting in AY 2019-2020:
Reflections from ICCE Faculty Fellow
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Ph.D.

ICCE has been thrilled to work with Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña, professor of Cell and Molecular Biology in the College of Science & Engineering. Dr. Márquez-Magaña is also the Director of the Health Equity Research Lab where she works collaboratively with staff on research projects aimed at "Linking Basic Science to Community Health." This work is informed by her affiliation with the Health Equity Institute at SF State since 2007, and her leadership of the SF BUILD project since 2014. We asked Leti to provide us with a few personal/professional reflections of her experience as an ICCE Faculty Fellow, and her story follows:

My experience as the spring 2019 ICCE Faculty Fellow has taken me back to my undergraduate confusion as a STEM major absolutely committed to giving back. At that time, my commitment to giving back was fortified by Cesár Chávez’ words when he visited my campus. He told us “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community.” However, my research mentor at Stanford University told me to “keep the science pure, and free of sociopolitical implications.” Taken together these words from two individuals I greatly admired, which I perceived at being at a crossroads with different purposes, led to great confusion about how I could link my STEM major to direct community benefit. Unable to address this confusion, I came to a false conclusion that rigorous scientific research could not be linked to community service. Consequently, I pursued them independently well into my professorate. Over the years and in a variety of ways, especially since being an ICCE Faculty Fellow, that confusion has been resolved! ( Read more)
Faculty Community Service-Learning Spotlights
Congratulations to ICCE Advisory Council Member, Dr. Anoshua Chaudhuri, for receiving CEETL High-Impact Teaching Award

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) sponsors a variety of awards for SF State faculty/lecturers who have shown exemplary efforts in fostering effective teaching and learning. This year, ICCE Faculty Director Dr. Nina Roberts, nominated Dr. Anoshua Chaudhuri, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Economics, for the CEETL High-Impact Teaching Award for her demonstration of the highest level of community partnership and service-learning. Dr. Chaudhuri exudes an outstanding commitment to experiential education involving her students with community-based opportunities over the years. She spent the past year establishing a partnership with City Surf Project (CSP) through her Econ 640/840 (Health Economics Research and Analysis) class. She educated and mentored her students to collate and digitize all the existing mental health impact-evaluation data that CSP had collected over a year, conduct a feasibility analysis, and complete a written report. She will continue to partner with CSP through 2019 as one of this years’ Call to Service grant recipients. ICCE extends a hearty congrats to our esteemed Advisory Council member for this award! Dr. Chaudhuri was honored at the CEETL Awards reception on May 1st.
Producing with a Purpose: Bridging an Advanced TV Production Course with Community Service-Learning. Go Dr. Guerra Nunez!

What better way to enhance students’ academic learning and acquire career-related skills than by fostering opportunities that will help make connections between our universities and the communities in which they thrive? Through redesigning and implementing an advanced TV production course into a community service-learning experience, Dr. Oscar Guerra Nunez, educator, producer, researcher, and Assistant Professor in the BECA department facilitated students strengthening their production skills while engaging in meaningful and socially aware media environments. ( Read more)
Community Service-Learning
Engaged CSL Research & Scholarship
Community Engaged Research Project Evaluates Health Benefits of Exercise in Nature

SF State alum and post-baccalaureate UCSF clinical research coordinator, Edgar Velazquez, grew up in the Tenderloin and experienced first-hand the repercussions of social, economic and environmental disparities, as well as the limitations of the health care system. This experience was frustrating, but it motivated him to do something about it. As complex as the issues were, Edgar still found a way to bring about transformational change through a community engaged research project with SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity), a $17 million National Institute of Health-funded project led by SF State in partnership with UCSF. Promoting Activity and Stress-Reduction in The Outdoors (PASITO, translates to “little step” in Spanish) was a community-engaged project where he and his team evaluated the health benefits of exercise in nature over a 3-month period. ( Read more)
CSL Course Announcement
Tracking Student Service Hours: Faculty members teaching a service-learning course this semester must submit students’ service hours into Campus Solutions by Monday , June 3, 2019 . If you have any questions about this process, please visit this tracking student hours official transcripts or contact Glendie Domingo-Lipar at .

For CSL presentations or to add a community partner to our service-learning database, contact Glendie Domingo-Lipar to schedule for the upcoming semesters.
Academic Internships
Fall 2019 academic internship details are posted on our website. Visit: for information on timelines, internship processes, and risk management forms/documents. For information about summer academic internship courses, please contact Eunice H. Kim, Placement & Compliance Coordinator at (415) 405-7557 or

ICCE is ready to support you with your academic internship course. If you are teaching an academic internship course, ICCE can assist all academic internship placements to comply with SF State requirements ( Senate Policy S17-278) and CSU ( Executive Order 1064) risk management policies to create positive and safe off-campus learning experiences. ICCE works closely with departments/programs and students seeking one-on-one consultation. If you are interested in more information about the academic internship process and planning, please contact Eunice H. Kim, Placement & Compliance Coordinator at (415) 405-7557 or
Signature Programs
Civic Engagement Fellows
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 student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU .
Alejandra Santos
Major - Sociology
Site: City Youth Now

Alejandra Santos is a senior at SF State with a major in Sociology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Alejandra grew up in Los Angeles and came to SF State to become a high school counselor. After college, she wants to join the Peace Corps as a youth developer. Eventually, Alejandra plans to get her Masters in Social Work. Alejandra is passionate about social issues having to do with the LGBTQ community and advocating higher education within communities of color. Some of the organizations she is currently part of include: Project Rebound, Peace Corps Ambassadors, and Huckleberry Youth Programs. On her free time, Alejandra likes swimming, reading, and planning backpacking trips.
Rachel Hanley
Major - Sociology
Site: Alemany Farms

Rachel Hanley is currently a Sophomore here at SF State. She comes from the small, quiet town of Grass Valley, located in Northern California. She plans to study scriptwriting and work with others to create films as a Cinema major. She is also working on establishing her minor as Sociology. She wants to combine her studies of sociology with her cinema art, making sure that everything she creates has an awareness of the social and cultural issues facing society today. Through her work as a Fellow, Rachel discovered many volunteer organizations throughout San Francisco that focus on the issues she is most passionate about, namely, the environment, education, and homelessness.
Janet Lopez-Galindo
Major - Political Science
Site: AASCU's America Democracy Project

Janet Lopez-Galindo is a senior at SF State majoring in Political Science. She was born in Mexico City and grew up in Sunnyvale, CA. As a Civic Engagement Fellow, she assisted a research team here at SF State to assess civic learning and engagement on campus. Janet also works with a local non-profit providing legal screenings for the undocumented community. She has been a part of IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success), for the undocumented student organization committed to improving institutionalized support in higher education and creating a community for all immigrants. With IDEAS, she has co-organized the Beyond Borders Graduation for the past four years. 
America Reads Program
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 student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Alina Acosta
Major - Health Education
Site: Francis Scott E.S.
Jenyfer Barroso
Major - Criminal Justice
Site: Longfellow E.S.
America Counts Program
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 student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Frida Rojas
Major - Liberal Studies
Site: Longfellow E.S.
Hillary Martinez
Major - Psychology
Site: Longfellow E.S.
JusticeCorps Internship Program
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, San Francisco State, Cal State East Bay, Stanford, and San Jose State. For more student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.

Teresa Lopez
Major - Criminal Justice
Site: Alameda County Courts Self-Help Center
Golden Gate National Parks Academic Internship Program
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 student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.

Zayda Ortiz
Major - Urban Studies & Planning
Site: National Park Service
Neighborhood Empowerment Network
The resilience initiative is a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco's Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), SF State's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement to address critical issues defined by residents living in San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods. The initiative is an alliance of academic and governmental organizations whose mission is to partner with neighborhood stakeholders as they design and implement community resilience strategies. By streamlining access to their academic assets and tactically deploying them in alliance to community driven-planning process, this partnership achieves cumulatively stronger outcomes for the neighborhoods they engage. Academic partners provide essential technical support for the Empowered Communities Program (ECP) and its toolkit. For more student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.

Michael Strickland
Masters - International Relations
Site: S.F. City Hall
If you are interested in more information about these programs, please contact Jose R. Lopez at or visit our programs online.
News and Announcements
2019 Panetta Congressional Intern: Samantha Logan
Each fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy , located in Monterey, provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the inner-workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them on an all-expense paid experience to Washington, DC. For 11 weeks these lucky student interns serve for a California member in the House of Representatives. Across the District of Colombia, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists, and policy experts. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply. The internship covers all expenses, including air travel, and food and lodging while both in Monterey and in Washington, DC. Each intern also receives a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20-semester credits through CSU Monterey for a semester. For more student reflections visit our website or follow our story at #iconnectSFSU.
Samantha Logan,
Major - Political Science

Samantha Logan is a junior transfer student majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Relations. Ms. Logan has done a broad spectrum of humanitarian work throughout Central America, which inspired her decision to minor in International Relations. Her interests in public policy are currently in researching the effects of potential campaign finance reforms and how the U.S. Government can improve upon its accountability and transparency. Ms. Logan is currently serving as a Congressional intern to District 14 Congresswoman Jackie Speier. While working in the Congresswoman’s district office, she has gained valuable knowledge of the day-to-day work of a Congressional staffer. Ms. Logan hopes to continue to gain insight into the legislative process and the complexity of some of our nation’s most divisive issues to better understand how to address them. Upon returning from Washington D.C., Ms. Logan plans on graduating in the spring of 2020. Afterward, she plans to further her education at SF State through the Political Science graduate program before hopefully working for a Congressperson as a legislative aide.
Have a great summer! 
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