CHSS Connection: Headlines

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

November/December 2020 issue

CAD student Clark creates website on implicit bias

child holding BLM signThis fall, students in CAD 660: Advanced Applied Development Science in Child & Adolescence learned about the development of implicit bias, which starts in infancy. Students then applied this knowledge to their work with children and youth. For this assignment, Tierra Clark, a graduating senior majoring in Child & Adolescent Development with a concentration Early Childhood and a Special Education minor, created a website called Empowering Children Through Activism: Tips for Caregivers and Teachers. On her website she explains the science of implicit bias through a developmental lens and why children learning about activism matters, and gives specific information for caregivers and teachers about what they can do. 


New trailer promotes documentary about LGBT activist Sally Gearhart

Lecturer of Public Health Deborah Craig is working on a documentary film about 89-year-old Sally Gearhart, professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and radical lesbian feminist who co-founded SF State’s women’s studies program and fought for LGBT rights side-by-side with Harvey Milk in the 1970s. Craig has just completed a brand-new trailer for the project.

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Nursing students receive training during Mega Skills Lab week 

Nursing students receive training with manikin The School of Nursing held its Mega Skills Lab during the week of November 16-20 for undergraduate Nursing students who are currently participating in livestreamed Skills Lab classes via Zoom. Students learned about nursing interventions remotely during the semester and then came to the campus during Mega Skills Lab week. They worked with faculty who provided demonstrations, coached the students and evaluated their performance. During the week of activities, 151 nursing students checked off on a total of 494 skills. Additionally, 24 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses attended the skills lab to perform physical examinations on their peers.

The School of Nursing worked with University administration to ensure that SF Department of Public Health rules and regulations were followed and to provide a safe environment that included adequate ventilation, physical distancing, PPE, disinfection procedures, two-hour max instructional session and a one-hour rest between sessions. Students and faculty enjoyed being back on campus and working together during this busy and productive week!  


Nursing students lend a hand at homeless encampments

nursing student at homeless encampmentClinical Instructor of Nursing Sandra Tramiel has been instrumental in facilitating a partnership between the San Francisco State School of Nursing and Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), a Bay Area nonprofit that provides outreach services to disadvantaged communities. Through the partnership, SF State students under the supervision of Tramiel team up with GRIP outreach workers to provide nursing care and basic needs support at encampments in Richmond.

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SF State Magazine focuses on a brighter tomorrow

The Fall/Winter 2020 edition of SF State Magazine edition of SF State Magazine focuses on the many ways tomorrow will bring good news despite the not-so-great news of today. In the issue’s lead story, faculty experts explain why they’re optimistic about what lies ahead. Among those sharing their views are five faculty members from the College of Health & Social Sciences: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies George Barganier, Assistant Professor of Public Health David Rebanal, Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning and director of the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Jasper Rubin and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aritree Samanta.

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Sociology student Sims elected to Pittsburg school board

Contra Costa Dem Party endorsement ad for Taylor SimsDean’s List Sociology major and senior Taylor Sims was recently elected to the Pittsburg Unified School Board. Taylor, a Black Lives Matter activist whose family has been in Pittsburg for three generations, is passionate about education, youth empowerment and social justice.

Taylor wrote on her website, ”Today is a new day. Pittsburg desperately needs change on the School Board and I offer a new perspective and leadership. I am passionate about my community and creating a better future in students’ lives. My roots in Pittsburg are deep — three generations of Pittsburg Pirates. Some may say I am too young to run for this seat. Rather I’m hearing youth need to be represented on the Board. I will not disregard the youth’s voice but instead will bring youth, parents, teachers, and PUSD employees to the table. This year, I became a co-advisor for the Black Student Union at Pittsburg High because it is important to me that students who are disenfranchised are not only set up for success but have a support system to help guide them. I organized the Pittsburg Black Lives Matter protest on June 5th and have participated in many more across the county. I will be the board member that will answer the community and youth’s outcry for change!”


Platas and colleagues engage CSU and community college faculty across the state at Early Math in Higher Education Fall Institutes

Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda M. Platas and colleagues from UCLA engaged more than 100 early childhood instructors and coaches of pre- and in-service early childhood teachers in three two-day institutes on early math development and learning this fall. The Early Math in Higher Education (EMHE) program provides ongoing professional learning opportunities in early math for California. These institutes drew faculty and instructors from across the state, including community colleges and CSUs. The Northern California, Central Valley and Southern California cohorts will engage in four follow-up meetings over the next six months to support collaboration. 


WiRED International trains community health workers in Kenya

WiRED CHW graduating classIn 1997, while a professor of business at San Francisco State University and on a Fulbright assignment in Croatia, Gary Selnow founded WiRED International, with the goal of promoting health education in disadvantaged regions around the globe. WiRED collaborated closely for 20 years with SF State’s Marian Wright Edelman Institute and continues to have a former SF State president and former and current faculty on its board. In February of this year, the WiRED International team completed the first field test of its Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program in Kisumu, Kenya. The WiRED CHW basic curriculum follows World Health Organization guidelines and provides a continuing medical education component that enables CHWs to maintain their credentials. After the pandemic arrived, WiRED augmented the curriculum to include essential COVID-19 training modules. Since early summer, WiRED’s first team of 15 CHWs addressed the needs of more than 6,000 people each month with health services on topics such as the coronavirus, malnutrition, hypertension, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. (Pictured: WiRED’s First Graduating Class of Community Health Workers in Kisumu, Kenya, February 2020)

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