Sexuality Studies pioneer honored with inaugural Founders Award
John P. De Cecco, professor emeritus of psychology, received the first-ever Founders Award from the Sexuality Studies Department on April 26 at the first lecture of the Dr. John P. De Cecco Endowed Lecture Series. The award, which will hereafter be named for him, recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to teaching, learning and social change in the Sexuality Studies Department at SF State.
De Cecco taught at SF State in the psychology and sexuality studies programs from 1960 until 2003. He spearheaded the founding of the Sexuality Studies Program in the late 1970s. During this same time he was awarded a large U.S. federal grant to study discrimination of homosexuality in the prisons. A tireless activist for social and sexual justice, De Cecco edited the Journal of Homosexuality from 1975 until 2009, wrote prolifically in the area of LGBT Studies throughout his career, and taught several thousand students in the popular "Variations of Human Sexuality" class, which he founded in 1981 and taught until his retirement.
Pictured: John P. De Cecco (seated), Dean Alvin Alvarez, Associate Dean John Elia