CHSS Connection

February 15, 2023


Aremi Pacheco Cocom

Cocom recognized for service learning

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement announced the winners of the 2023 Civic & Community Engagement Awards, which recognize individuals and groups for their exceptional leadership, service and collaboration. Aremi Pacheco Cocom, a Public Health undergraduate student, has won the Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning. This award recognizes the extraordinary work and impact of SF State students within our surrounding communities through their community service learning experience. Recipients of this award have made a significant contribution to our institution’s culture of engagement, further establishing and strengthening SF State’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

Miguel N. Abad, assistant professor in the Department of Child & Adolescent Development, published an article,“‘Stop the monster, build the marvel’: movement vulnerability, youth organizing and abolitionist praxis in late liberal San Francisco,” in the Journal of Youth Studies. This piece highlights Abad’s work with youth organizers in San Francisco related to housing justice activism.

Public Health Professor Emeritus Ramon Castellblanch is one of 51 distinguished experts recently named to the National Academy of Social Insurance. The academy advances solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. Membership spans the country and is made up of more than1,200 individuals.  

Hope is on the Horizon flyer

Ricka L. White-Soso (MSW, ’99), a lecturer in the School of Social Work, will be a mental health panelist at the Hope Is On The Horizon Health Fair, taking place on Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Calvary Hill Community Church in San Francisco. This is a free event hosted by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in collaboration with sister chapters, Berkeley Bay Area Alumnae, Contra Costa Alumnae and Oakland East Bay Alumnae, in recognition of Black History Month and American Heart Month. The program is focused on “Mind, Body, Soul and Mental Wellness.” This event will include a mental health panel with mental health therapist and clergy, workshops about chronic health conditions, giveaways, wellness activities and more. Families and members of the community are invited to attend.

White-Soso is a proud life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which she joined as an undergraduate psychology student at SF State. She is currently an alumnae member of Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter.

With her extensive work history evolving to now providing services as a mental health clinician in private practice, White-Soso will add to the conversation about wellness from her experience and knowledge. 

Public Health Lecturer Jessica Wolin and colleagues working with the Center for Equitable Higher Education will present “The Evaluation of College Focused Rapid Rehousing Webinar: A Model for Addressing Homelessness for CSU and CA Community College Students” on March 9, 11 a.m.-12 noon.

College Focused Rapid Rehousing, funded by the State of California, is being implemented on public colleges and universities across the state as a robust response to student homelessness. Wolin and Rashida Crutchfield of the Center for Equitable Higher Education, in collaboration with Eric Hubbard from Jovenes Inc. and Debbie Raucher of John Burton Advocates for Youth, will explore the key components of this program and present early learnings from the first year of a three-year evaluation to inform our higher education eco-systems.

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Feature Story

Lei Asato

A Recreation, Parks & Tourism major finds an exciting career with professor’s support

This feature story is one in a series of articles on the CHSS website aimed at inspiring students to succeed. The story describes how the opportunity to engage with her professors in the Recreation, Parks & Tourism Department helped launch Lei Asato (B.S., ’17) on her professional path.


Spring 2023 Healing Circles flyer thumbnail

In Spring 2023, the RACE Collective will be relaunching the Healing Circles Initiative to focus on racial justice through collective learning, unlearning and radical community care. 

Healing Circles will start this month. They will be structured and racial identity-specific. Each group will choose a book to walk through from a selection of books and the group will determine how long and how often their group will meet.

The deadline to sign up for Healing Circles is Wednesday, February 22. 

CHSS Faculty Excellence Award medallion

Nominate a faculty colleague for CHSS Excellence Awards in Teaching, Service and Scholarship

The College of Health & Social Sciences is deeply committed to excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 CHSS Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Fall Opening next year.

Each faculty award includes $750 and a certificate signed by the dean and associate dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. The recipient’s name and year of award will appear on a plaque displayed near HSS 238. Student research assistants involved in the faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award will also be honored at the Fall Opening, where they will receive an award certificate and gift from the College. Awardees are required to be present at the Fall Opening in order to receive the award.

Nominations are due by April 14.

Willie Brown Fell

Tell your students! The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program provides SF State students who have faced barriers pursuing a college education with an opportunity to gain professional experience in the public sector while developing a lifelong commitment to public service. Students who have completed 60 units, are in good standing (GPA of 2.0 or above) at the beginning of the Fall 2023 semester and are interested in public service are eligible to apply. We welcome students from all majors. Selected students are awarded a $3,000 stipend!

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Email with questions. Prospective applicants may attend in-person info sessions to speak with recent alumni of our program:

  • Thursday, February 16, 5 -6 p.m. in LIB 121
  • Monday. March 6, 5-6 p.m. in LIB 286

Are you conducting research, planning an important conference or event, publishing a book or paper, receiving a significant grant or award or overseeing a unique project in your classroom or community? If so, your efforts or expertise may be of interest to the news media. The Strategic Marketing & Communications (SMC) Office is your connection to local and national media outlets. SMC reaches news outlets throughout the Bay Area, state and nation. By highlighting your achievements, SMC can reach new, large and important audiences to build support for SF State.

These guidelines can help you determine whether your story may be of interest to the media.

Please send your story ideas to CHSS Communications Director Michael Broder at and SMC Science Content Specialist Kanaga Rajan at

Events & Media

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Information Sessions

Thursday, February 16, 5-6 p.m., LIB 121; Monday, March 6, 5-6 p.m., LIB 286

M.A. in Gerontology Prospective Student Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m.; Wednesday, March 15, 7-8 p.m.; Thursday, April 6,  7-8 p.m., all via Zoom

Master of Public Administration Prospective Student Information Sessions

Tuesday, March 7, 6-7 p.m.; Wednesday, March 22, 12-1 p.m., all via Zoom

Associate Professor of Sociology Clare Sears commented on the history of proposals to regulate cross-dressing in the U.S. in an article about a new proposal targeting drag shows. My US Times 2/13/2023

Professor and Chair of Kinesiology Matt Lee commented in an article about mastering the running workout known as speedwork. Yahoo!Sport 2/8/2023

Associate Professor of Sociology Jen Reck commented on a hearing on the Castro Theatre’s landmark status held Wednesday at San Francisco City Hall. SF Gate 2/3/2023

Research by Professor Erik Peper (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute of Holistic Health Studies) is cited in an article about the relationship between thoughts and body tension. Medium 1/31/2023

Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer James Dudley said he believes California officials could do a better job of utilizing the state’s “red-flag” laws and enforcement. The laws allow courts to remove firearms from someone deemed a danger to themselves or others. KQED 1/30/2023