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Grants & Awards
| Faculty Community Service Learning Awards
|Jefferson Award for Public Service|
|2012 Community Engaged Scholars|
|Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning|
The traditional approach to community-engaged scholarship often has faculty partnering with the community so discovery can be used to enhance education and improve social services. Professors Jillian Sandell and Nan Alamilla Boyd, this year’s Faculty CSL awardees, have taken a new approach, one they term “critical engagement.”
Their upper-division capstone course in Women and Gender Studies, WGS 698, uses innovative methods to link community service with academic study. During the course, graduating seniors complete 120 hours of community service at a feminist nonprofit organization while analyzing the history of gendered volunteer labor.
Rather than seeking solutions to community problems, students examine the contradictions of the unevenly gendered, racial and class dimensions of social services, and the political economy of needing and relying upon unpaid labor in the nonprofit sector. Despite the rigor of WGS 698, students repeatedly mention how influential and transformative the course has been to their education, critical thinking, and subsequent work. Profs. Sandell and Boyd’s approach to CSL is the topic of a peer-reviewed article, “Unpaid and Critically Engaged: Feminist Interns in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex,” due out soon in the journal Feminist Teacher.
Established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Jefferson Award is considered the Nobel Prize for public service.
It recognizes people who make a difference on a daily basis in their local communities—unsung heroes who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or award.
We are proud to nominate Professor Leticia Márquez-Magaña for the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service. Márquez-Magaña has worked tirelessly to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Prof. Márquez-Magaña has been a highly visible role model, mentor, and advocate for Latino and other minority students in the sciences at SF State. Her role as a mentor has been the subject of magazine and newspaper articles. Hispanic Magazine named her one of America's "Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics;” in 2000 she graced the cover of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists (SACNAS) Conference Program, "Mentoring to Change the Face of Science;" and in 2001 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mentor Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in mentoring and developing research opportunities for underrepresented students in the sciences, especially Hispanic Americans and Pacific Islanders. This June, she will receive the “Fun/Fearless Award” in Science from the magazine Cosmo for Latinas.
Since 1989, Márquez-Magaña has mentored and guided thousands of minority students and faculty members from Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSF, and SF State. Her passion and dedication continues to contribute to the development of many first generation graduates and future STEM scientists.
- Sandy Chang, PhD,
- Associate Professor Anoushua Chaudhuri
- Associate Professor Jason Ferreira
- Associate Professor Mariana Ferreira
The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year. Honorees (who must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution) are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The award winner will be granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference . This year's deadline for nominations was April 4. Check Campus Compact for next year's deadline and Nomination Forms.