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NENU logoNEN University (NENu) is a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco 's Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), San Francisco State University 's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), the University of San Francisco (USF), and the University of California (UCSF) to address critical issues defined by residents living in San Francisco neighborhoods.



John AvalosEngaged Learning Zones are multi-year, place-based projects that focus university resources on a specific community in order to increase their leadership capacities.

Our first ELZ in District 11 enjoys strong support from San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos’ office and the Mayor’s Office of Housing/ Community Development. CSL students mapped local resources; interviewed stakeholders to help identify short and long term needs, and then supported the development and implementation of plans that can help build a more vibrant, economically robust, and socially inclusive City. Read more about the work we have been doing in D11 and D3 in the pdf below.

Image/Link to download PDF document: Designation Policy ELZ Community Support Academic Year 2010–11

Image/Link to download PDF document: Designation Policy ELZ Community Support Academic Year 2011–12

The Table of Contents and Executive Summary of our 46-page ELZ report is available in the pdf below. To receive a full pdf copy of the Report, please email Perla Barrientos at


Image/Link to download PDF document: Designation Policy D-11 Neighborhood Report Executive Summary

Last year, ICCE developed a Community Action Guide in order to help others who may not have experience in community-building duplicate some of the methods we used to build awareness for action and advocacy in their communities. Since each institution, program, and/or neighborhood has its own characteristics, the guide is meant to offer fundamental instructions only. We hope that university/community partnerships such as the ones SF State has established and cultivated will add to the body of knowledge about what it means to be an engaged university.


Image/Link to download PDF document: Designation PolicyCommunity Action Guide: How SF Communities Can Work Together to Plan for and Build Stronger Neighborhoods



OMI United Festival

On April 30, 2011, more than 500 residents from District 11’s OMI neighborhood gathered to hear Supervisor Avalos and other community leaders and enjoy meeting new friends. More than 30 organizations were represented at the event, which featured interactive activities for youth, seniors, families, such as bounce houses, face painting, free tacos and ice cream, games, live music, performances, and resources related to environmental and health issues. The next Festival is scheduled for May 4, 2013. We hope to see you there!


Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

ICCE offers low-cost ($10 - $25) workshops to staff from nonprofit organizations and small businesses that increase leadership skills. Workshops are taught by SF State faculty and/or staff. Workshop topics have included:
* Grantwriting
* How to Use U.S. Census Data
* Marketing
* Volunteer Management
* How to Develop a Logic Model
* Cultural Humility

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