CHSS Connection: Honors & Awards

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

November/December 2020 issue

Platas joins the Gates’ Science of Teaching Advisory Committee

Linda PlatasAssociate Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda M. Platas accepted an appointment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to their Science of Teaching Advisory Committee. The advisory committee provides technical support and guidance for policy makers to determine the current need in low- and middle-income countries on foundational literacy and numeracy and advises on research priorities and methodologies.


Counseling student Lee awarded Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship

Young LeeYoung Lee, a graduate student in Counseling, was selected for the 2020-2021 Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program. The program is a newly awarded, grant-funded program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health & Human Services. The purpose of the fellowship is to identify, select, and support the training of ethnic minority graduate students who commit to significantly improving the quality of care provided to ethnic and racial minorities who have a mental or cooccurring mental and substance use disorder. The fellowship is directly related to efforts to reduce health disparities among ethnic minorities in the U.S. by filling a crucial need for mental health professionals in psychology, nursing, social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling and substance use and addictions counseling.

Gerontology Program awards student scholarships

The PACE Gerontology Program announced five student scholarship awardees:

  • Anabel Pelham Gerontology Scholarship: Gabriela Reyes Demirkol
  • Long-Term Care Administration Scholarship: Landon James Vandergriend
  • Michelle Benjamin Scholarship Fund: Gabriela Reyes Demirkol
  • Monarch Village/Peninsula del Rey Scholarship: Ruiqing (Yvonne) Tan
  • Patrick Nobis RCFE Endowed Scholarship:  Tien Nguyen

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Guerrero, Temple win Environmental Studies Scholarship

Two students in the Environmental Studies program in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement have been awarded the George Feliz Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Studies. Feliz, who established the endowment for the scholarship, taught Economics at SF State from 1946 to 1975 and served as the University’s first dean of Graduate Studies. This year’s scholarship awardees are Angelina Guerrero and Zoria Temple.

Angelina GuerreroAngelina Guerrero anticipates graduating in Spring 2021 as an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Justice and a minor in Geography. This semester she interned for Plan C Advisors and researched climate justice within sustainability reporting frameworks. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as an environmental researcher. “Given my experience at Plan C Advisors, I enjoy researching the existing gaps in environmental standards as well as developing guidelines to fill in the gaps. I hope to continue identifying environmental injustices and developing solutions to better protect human rights and our environment,” Guerrero said.

Zoria TempleZoria Temple is pursing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. She plans to take courses in environmental law and applied fields of research, and she hopes find an internship that will offer opportunities for growth and developing leadership skills. She would like to pursue a career focused on advocacy of environmental justice for low-income communities.