CHSS Connection: Headlines

Friday, May 07, 2021

May/June 2021 issue

Panelists discuss racial justice at CHSS Annual Showcase

The College held its 2021 Annual Showcase in a virtual format on April 22. This year’s theme was Embodying Racial Justice. The event included a lively, passionate discussion of racial justice and a slideshow featuring poster abstracts. Dean Alvin Alvarez spoke about the College’s RACE Initiative. This was followed by the panel discussion, moderated by Sherria Taylor, assistant professor of Child & Family Studies in the Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department. Panelists were Maiya Evans, a lecturer in Holistic Health and Public Health; Supriya Misra, assistant professor of Public Health and Brandon Venerable, a member of the CHSS Race Collective.

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Apparel Design & Merchandising students hold virtual fashion show

Runway graphicJunior and senior designers within the Apparel Design & Merchandising program in the Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department presented Runway 2021: VIRTUALITY. The event was launched online on May 6.

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CAD Department participates in California early childhood education pilot; Platas appointed to design team

SF State’s Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD) is one of eight CSU departments participating in the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Pilot. These departments prepare the early childhood workforce. Linda M. Platas, associate professor and acting chair of SF State’s Department of Child & Adolescent Development, was one of 20 early childhood experts from across the state appointed to the CTC Design Team for Development of the new ECE Teaching Performance Assessment.

CAD Department launches new learning community

CAD Community Advising flyerThis spring the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) launched the CAD Learning Community — an online space for students, staff and faculty to connect, build relationships, share resources and explore topics relevant within the field. Drawing on data collected from the department’s annual student survey, faculty, staff and students co-designed and co-facilitated a variety of interactive sessions. So far, they have led workshops focused on career exploration, strengthening resumes, preparing for graduate school, navigating the CAD major and a game-based coffee social. Students expressed appreciation for opportunities to convene in informal online spaces to meet their classmates, get to know faculty and share their experiences. Faculty enjoyed learning more about student goals, interests and passions within CAD and beyond.


CREGS hosts roundtable on art, culture and sexuality

CREGS roundtable flyerThe Center for Research and Education in Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) hosted a roundtable discussion on April 30 titled “The Intersections of Art, Culture and Sexuality.” Panelists included Kevin Seaman, a San Francisco based queer artist; Jupiter Peraza, an activist organizer at the Transgender District; and Jacqueline Francis, a writer, historian and art curator.



Criminal Justice Studies holds first career fair

The Department of Criminal Justice Studies held its First Annual Career Fair on April 21. Criminal Justice Studies Administrator Gina James coordinated several City & County of San Francisco agencies, nonprofits and community-based organizations for a morning session to offer a glimpse of public service, offer internships and the opportunity to apply for volunteer positions and paying jobs. Presenters included the Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Human Services Agency, Stand! Against Violence, SF State’s Project Rebound and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office.  

The afternoon session was coordinated by Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer Jim Dudley and Rob Cate, CEO of a web-based recruitment platform called Connect. The session included presentations from recruiters representing seven law enforcement agencies: Police departments of Burbank, Daly City, Hayward and San Francisco; the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department; Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety; and the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Agents. Both sessions gave students the opportunity to move around breakout rooms to talk directly with recruiters.

Sessions are available to be viewed online.

DPT students complete clinical experience in Mission Bay program

Nine first-year DPT students completed a two-day clinical rotation following a 2:1 model in both the UCSF Mission Bay adult and pediatric hospitals and in the outpatient pediatric clinic. During this clinical experience, students had the opportunity to participate in clinical-instructor-assisted chart review, history taking, discussion of interventions and goal setting; assist clinical instructors for interventions as deemed appropriate; and practice writing PT notes in SOAP format. Second-year DPT students Marielena Hercher and James Salazar completed their 12-week clinical experience in the adult acute care setting at UCSF Mission Bay under excellent guidance of their clinical instructor, Christine Friesen. This was a successful first-time implementation of the 2:1 model at this site. 

Family Acceptance Project’s new Asian-language posters help families support LGBTQ children

Traditional Chinese Family Acceptance Poster thumbnailThe Family Acceptance Project released a series of eight new Asian-language posters to help prevent suicide and other serious health risks and promote well-being for Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ children and youth. The new versions of the Healthy Futures poster series, with guidance for their use, are available in Chinese (traditional and simplified), Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Punjabi, Tagalog and Vietnamese, adding to prior English and Spanish versions. 

(Pictured: Traditional Chinese family acceptance poster)

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International collaboration introduces policy guidance for reporting student learning outcomes

Over the summers of 2019 and 2020, Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda M. Platas and Lecturer Yasmin Sitabkhan worked with other international education experts to develop policy guidance on the reporting of student learning outcomes. The Global Proficiency Frameworks documents and systems are now available to all countries after piloting in Asia, South American, and Sub-Saharan Africa. This guidance assists countries to better measure the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4.1 ensuring that all children “complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.” The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation held a gathering on May 10 to introduce the finished product. This work follows more than a decade of collaborative work by Platas and Sitabkhan in the SF Bay Area, wider California region and internationally, including Kenya, Liberia and Tanzania.

Pictured: Linda Platas and Yasmin Sitabkhan

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Spring ’21 cohort completes program

The Spring 2021 semester Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship has officially wrapped! The fellowship connects SF State students to paid internships within the local government of San Francisco. Students chosen for the fellowship have faced adversities in pursuit of their education and have shown an interest and/or dedication to public service. They study various fields including but not limited to Political Science, Ethnic Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Public Health, Spanish and Communication Studies. Placements included the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Human Services Agency, Adult Probation Services, Public Defender’s Office, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, District Attorney’s Office and Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

The fellows’ work included facilitating focus groups, composing literature reviews and policy memos and conducting community outreach. One fellow, Anni Buitrago Zarabanda, was published online as part of her work at the Public Defender’s Office. Other fellows have received awards, such as Patrick Pacleb and Juan Pacheco with the City and County and J. Vasquez, who was awarded the Undergraduate Hood for the College of Health & Social Sciences.