CHSS Connection: Grants & Contracts
January/February 2021 issue
The Family, Interiors, Nutrition and Apparel (FINA) Department has been awarded the Teagle Curriculum Design Initiative grant. Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Zubaida Qamar will lead the curriculum redesign of the Nutrition and Dietetics: Foods and Community Nutrition concentration, working in collaboration with Nutrition and Dietetics colleagues to strengthen the concentration through evaluation and refinement of the current curriculum to meet the demands of an evolving field of community nutrition.
SF State’s Guardian Scholars Program (GSP), a nationally-recognized comprehensive support program for students who are current or former foster youth, received a $200,000 student scholarship grant award from the highly competitive Hearst Foundation. The program’s co-founders, Associate Professor of Social Work Sonja Lenz-Rashid and Educational Opportunity Program Associate Director Xochitl Sanchez, must raise $1.2 million annually to support the program’s 100 students. Lenz-Rashid and Sanchez are also excited to announce that one of the Guardian Scholars Program’s alums, Bonta Hill (B.A., Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts, ’13) has been named NBC Sports Bay Area’s new host of Golden State Warriors Pre/Postgame Live for the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season. A San Francisco native, Bonta currently hosts the popular “The Morning Roast with Bonta, Kate & Joe” show on Entercom’s 95.7 FM The Game, a position he will continue to hold in addition to his new role.
Jennifer Shea, associate professor in the Master of Public Administration program (School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement), has been awarded a $48,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to support a community-engaged research project on community resilience in Cloverdale, California. Working in collaboration with Cloverdale community leaders, Shea and two MPA student research assistants, Jessica Campos and Tarundeep Singh, will assess the effectiveness of the community’s work to enhance its resilience to disaster events like fires, earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic. The project extends the community-engaged work Shea has been conducting with San Francisco’s Empowered Communities Program for the past 12 years. It has three related goals: (1) to measure the relationship between levels of social cohesion and connections among vulnerable residents, their neighbors and community-based organizations in Cloverdale during the COVID-19 crisis and recent fires; (2) to develop individual and community baseline measures of social cohesion and connectedness to inform future emergency response strategies and community resilience interventions; and (3) to complement and inform work being conducted under the USGS’ HayWired Scenario by using the data to help inform community risk analyses, identify policy implications and alternatives, and suggest guidance for related risk communications.
Two CHSS faculty members each received a Call to Service Initiative grant from the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings.
Jennifer Shea, associate professor of Public Administration (School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement), received a grant in the Civic Engagement/Civic Learning category. Funds will support the development of a robust mentoring program in the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship (WBF) Program, which Shea co-directs. Established in 2008 and housed in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE), the WBF Program, which includes undergraduate and graduate student components, places students who have faced barriers to pursuing higher education in high-level internships in the City & County of San Francisco agencies, with the goal of instilling a commitment to public service and providing students with corresponding professional development. The fellows come from underrepresented communities, bringing diversity across many intersectional identities to the public sector.
Paige P. Viren, assistant professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, was awarded a grant in the category of Add Service Learning to a Course. She will be adding a service learning component to RPT 205 set to be implemented Fall 2021 to (1) develop a Diversity in Adventure Travel Speaker Series to include a diversity in current adventure travel curriculum; and (2) develop remote/virtual assignments that focus on community-based sustainable development that will build on existing assignments and expand adventure community partnerships. Funds will also be used to support a community service learning student assistant to support the implementation.