"A leader in community service learning, SF State's influence extends far beyond campus borders. In total, the University has more than 100 centers, institutes and special programs that address such varied issues as the health of San Franciscans, K-12 student skills, small business success and science skills for inner-city youth." [Read more about Community Engagement at SF State.]
A Sample of SF State Community Partnerships:
In partnership with the Bay Area Darfur Coalition, SF State's Downtown Campus hosted "Exhibit Darfur," a photographic journey capturing the genocide and slavery in Darfur and Sudan. The exhibit featured the works of several notable photographers.
In an effort to respond to the growing demand for its services, the San Francisco Food Bank has opened "recession relief food pantries" throughout the City and along with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, contacted SF State to convene a group of neighborhood partners to host a pantry in our community. A group of various organizations and entities throughout the City's southwest corridor, including SF State, has come together to respond to the request and we'll be hosting a weekly pantry in our neighborhood. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jason Porth at (415) 338-6880.
In partnership with Goodwill Industries, San Francisco Department of the Environment, and the San Francisco Food Bank, SF State has been working to divert reusable items from the landfill to Goodwill's meaningful workforce development projects. Learn more here.
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students, faculty, and community members. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the knowledge and assets of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally, we cultivate strong leaders who will effectively advocate for social, economic and educational inclusion, and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities.
Reaching Out to Communities and Kids with Science in San Francisco (SF-ROCKS) aims to connect urban youth with earth, environmental and atmospheric sciences through hands on investigations with San Francisco State University Geoscience faculty and curriculum development for the 9th grade science classroom. It is the goal of SF-ROCKS that through these efforts, a greater diversity of students will enter college in the earth and environmental sciences.