Institutes and Centers
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students and faculty. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, it cultivates 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.
The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center provides students with an opportunity to gain professional experience working in the public sector, while preparing a diverse, qualified and well-educated workforce for Bay Area public agencies. The center also offers a speaker series and leadership programs for working professionals in the public sector.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), launched in 2003, offers stimulating courses, forums and interest groups for people ages 50 and older. Housed in the College Creative Arts, OLLI offers a learning community of peers in a challenging learning environment. The faculty is comprised of senior and retired professor from SF State and other universities, as well as expert professionals, artists and writers from the Bay Area. OLLI is one of more than 120 centers across the country for people age 50 and up, created with grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation.
The Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families, named in honor of the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, focuses on the needs of children and adolescents. The Institute drives collaborations between SF State and the community, fosters child-centered research and offers an interdisciplinary program on child and adolescent development that prepares students for work with children and families or in research and public policy. The institute became the first university affiliate of the national Jumpstart organization in 1997. Today more than 50 college students are working with Jumpstart to build the literacy and learning skills of 3- to 5-year-olds in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point, Mission, Marina, Richmond and South of Market neighborhoods.
The Confucius Institute at SF State promotes understanding of the Chinese language and culture through facilitating instruction. The institute works with the Colleges of Education, Humanities, and Extended Learning to provide professional Chinese language training, prepare teachers of Chinese as a foreign language, develop teaching materials and curriculum, and promote exchange between the United States and the People's Republic of China. SF State is the first Western United States home for the Confucius Institute.
The César E. Chávez Institute (CCI) is the research arm of the College of Ethnic Studies. Researchers focus on health, education, self-determination and other issues in communities of color and traditionally discriminated populations in the United States.