CHSS Connection: Honors & Awards

Friday, May 01, 2020

May 2020 issue

Francisco-Menchavez honored by the Association of Asian American Studies

title card Francisco-Menchavez Early Career Award videoValerie Francisco-Menchavez, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies, received two awards from the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS).

She was honored with the Early Career Achievement Award, which recognizes junior scholars who have made valuable contributions to the field in the early stage of their career. Recipients of this award show outstanding and innovative research in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies. 

title card Francisco-Menchavez honorable mention acceptance video

In addition, she received Social Sciences Honorable Mention for her book, “The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age.”

The awards were to have been presented at an AAAS conference that was cancelled due to shelter-in-place and travel restrictions. Instead, honorees accepted their awards on video.


RPT student Mendez recognized for excellence in community engagement

Jazmin MendezSF State’s Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) has honored Jazmin Mendez as the 2020 Student Awardee for Excellence in Community Engagement, one of ICCE’s annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards. This award recognizes SF State students who have performed exceptional outreach and engagement with Bay Area communities through their personal commitment to service. Mendez will earn a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration from SF State this month.

Mendez has participated in myriad service-learning projects, including an experience in Costa Rica while enrolled in RPT 470: Travel with a Purpose. She successfully spearheaded a class fundraiser in the Bay Area to purchase recreational supplies that were then delivered to schools in Tortuguero and Yorkin — two impoverished, rural communities in Costa Rica. She also collaborated with fellow classmates to directly engage with Yorkin elementary school youth by leading and developing recreational activities. In addition, she worked with ARA Manzanillo, an organization dedicated to conserving the Great Green Macaw; and Stibrawpa, another nonprofit founded by the Yorkin Village women committed to protecting their native land and culture. Since then, she has continued her dedication to community service as a member of SF State’s Lambda Theta Nu Sorority by serving on the Incorporated Latina Youth Leadership Conference Committee and is the current community service and cultural affairs chair. This semester, Jazmin served as an event planner for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Gerontogy Program awards eight student scholarships

The PACE Gerontology Program announces eight student scholarship awardees:

Anabel Pelham Gerontology Scholarship: Madeleine Marroquin-Serrano, Steven Shewmake
Long-Term Care Administration Scholarship: Jeffrey Dillon
Michelle Benjamin Scholarship Fund: Julie Ortega
Monarch Village/Peninsula del Rey Scholarship: Jeffrey Dillon, Daniel Keith
Patrick Nobis RCFE Endowed Scholarship: Connie Yuen
Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Geriatric Care Management Scholarship: Mia Enriquez

Environmental Studies students Mora, Tan receive George Feliz Memorial Scholarship

Alondra Mora and Betty TanStudents Alondra Mora and Betty Tan have been named Spring 2020 recipients of the George Feliz Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Studies. Mora has an interest in community engagement and raising awareness of global warming. Tan’s goal is to become a conservation biologist and to pursue continuing education in the field.

George Feliz was an Economics professor at SF State from 1946 to 1975 and served as SF State’s first dean of Graduate Studies.  He was instrumental in helping SF State evolve from a teacher's college to a university. Feliz donated an endowment fund to support a scholarship for Environmental Studies majors with financial need.

Sociology students Patterson, Wright receive department awards

The Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies presented two awards to Sociology students:

J. Patterson, a Sociology major and LGBTQ community activist, received the Hediye Gürtuna Youth Advocacy Scholarship. Patterson’s activities in the area of youth advocacy include founding Gender Talk, a youth-centered LGBTQ and gender justice community group. Through grassroots organizing tactics, Patterson developed a sustainable organizational model that established Gender Talk as the longest-standing LGBTQ organization in Del Norte County, California. This consisted of facilitating weekly meetings at the local youth center, hosting a weekly educational public radio program, conducting outreach at high school and middle schools, fundraising, writing grant proposals, chaperoning youth trips, engaging in one-on-one mentorship and providing leadership opportunities for the youth. Patterson has designed and facilitated trainings for the local school district, various healthcare providers, mental health agencies, and child advocacy nonprofits on how to provide comprehensive and inclusive services to the community. In addition, Patterson has been a lead organizer in two annual LGBTQ/women’s health community events, a citywide forum on transgender education and advocacy and 10 statewide and national youth trips over the past seven years.

The scholarship is presented in memory of Hediye Gürtuna, the mother of longtime Sociology faculty member Hülya Gürtuna and her siblings. She was an early pioneer among women who pursued university degrees in the first decades following Turkish independence. As an English teacher, she dedicated more than 30 years to helping her students develop the capacity to pursue their life objectives successfully in a rapidly developing nation. Gürtuna was an outspoken advocate for children and their potential. 

Caela Wright received the Generation to Generation Scholarship, a graduate award fund in memory of Caroline Rosen for Sociology majors and recent alums applying to graduate and professional schools. Thanks to a generous donation from retired faculty member Rachel Kahn-Hut (who recently passed away), the department helps students like Wright, who applied to MSW programs, to defray application costs.