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- C. Peter Magrath, Community Engagment Exemplary Program Award

- Engaged Learning Zones (ELZ)

- OMI United Festival


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.



San Francisco State University Wins C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagment Exemplary Program Award.


October 8, 2013—San Francisco State University’s Engaged Learning Zones (ELZ) partnership is the 2013 recipient of the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award for Exemplary Program for the project “Community Engagement, Urban Resiliency: Developing Empowered Neighborhoods through Service Learning.” San Francisco State University and more than 61 community partners used a community-based approach to revitalize eight neighborhoods in urban San Francisco. After evaluating best practices in community sustainability and resiliency nationwide, the partners agreed to focus on highly diverse, multicultural and distinctly different neighborhoods where University community service learning (CSL) faculty engaged 358 undergraduate and graduate students in 23 projects.
Collaborating with elected officials and departments in the City and County of San Francisco and neighborhood stakeholders, students dedicated nearly 30,000 hours of service over four years to help stakeholders revitalize their neighborhoods. The University-community collaboration positively impacted nearly 80,000 San Franciscans, generated two Town Hall meetings, two Environmental Summits, numerous policy meetings, six community-leadership workshops, six Community Councils and Festivals that hosted more than 1,200 community celebrants, tutoring services to 5,653 low-income k-8 students, and senior service.


The C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award recognizes four-year public universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become productively involved within their communities. The Magrath recipients are chosen from a pool of four regional winners from the Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Awards, which are presented each fall during the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.




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


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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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