CHSS Connection: Honors & Awards

Monday, February 01, 2021

January/February 2021 issue

Gen receives Peace Corps award for public service

Sheldon GenSheldon Gen, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement’s Public Administration program, was one of six returned Peace Corps volunteers to receive the 2020 Franklin H. Williams Awards in December. The Franklin H. Williams Award, named after the civil rights leader who assisted with the founding of the Peace Corps, honors Peace Corps alumni from ethnically diverse backgrounds who exemplify lifelong commitments to public service. A son of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, Gen served in Peace Corps from 1990 to 1992 in Kenya. Prior to his academic career, he was a civil engineer with public agencies including the Peace Corps, the US Air Force, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  In 2020 he was re-elected to the Board of Education of Petaluma City Schools. 


Taylor named SF State Athletics’ first athletics diversity and inclusion designee

Sherria Taylor, assistant professor of Family & Consumer Sciences, has been named has been named to the new role of athletics diversity and inclusion designee (ADID) for SF State Athletics. In August 2020, the National Collegiate Athletic Assoiation (NCAA) announced the new ADID position within athletics departments and conference offices to serve as a primary point of contact to receive and distribute information around diversity and inclusion topics. Taylor, who has been involved in Athletics as a member of the Athletics Advisory Board and NCAA Division II Self-Study Committee, has been an assistant professor in the SF State's Department of Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel since 2015. In 2018, she added the role of associate director of curriculum and faculty development for the University's Metro College Success Program.  

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Three PACE students receive Merritt Community Capital Scholarships

Since 2009, the Merritt Community Capital Corporation has been a generous funder of student scholarships in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE), giving a total of $23,434 annually to support two students majoring in Urban Studies & Planning and one pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. The objective of the Merritt Community Capital Scholarship Fund is to promote and encourage the development of student career interest in the fields of affordable housing development and management. The scholarships help students cover their educational expenses while pursuing their degrees at SF State and enable them to explore affordable housing career opportunities. Thte 2020-2021 awardees are Urban Studies & Planning majors Ivanna Paulette Guerrero and Christopher Trowbridge and Master of Public Administration student Phillip Christopher Wong.

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Sociology student Sims elected assembly district delegate to state Democratic Party

Taylor SimsSociology major Taylor Sims has been elected to the California Democratic Party (CDP) as an assembly district delegate for District 14. Assembly district delegates of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other DSCC delegates throughout California to represent their community. Delegates vote within the California Democratic Party on behalf of the community they represent at CDP regional meetings and the California Democratic Party Convention. Last fall, Sims was elected to the Pittsburg Unified School Board.