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February 2017

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Applications open: Second Annual Award for Undergraduate-Faculty Collaborations in Research

If you have worked with an undergraduate research student (or team of students) on a research project that is not part of a class assignment or thesis/CE work, you may apply for this competitive award. Submit a one-page description of the collaboration (who initiated it, what role did each person play in the collaboration, what product came out of it), and if possible, the draft manuscript, presentation, or report that stemmed from the collaboration. Send these documents to Mickey Eliason at meliason@sfsu.ed by April 21 to be considered. Winners will split a $200 prize.

Nominate a staff member for a CHSS Circle of Excellence Award

Circle of Excellence logoThe purpose of the newly created Circle of Excellence Award Program is to honor staff and celebrate their exceptional and unique contributions that are critical to the mission of the College of Health & Social Sciences.

Three awards will be presented:
  • Behind the Scenes Wonder
  • Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)
  • Bright Idea Award 
The deadline for nominations is April 14.
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Social science awards open to CSU students

CSU undergraduates, master’s-level graduate students and students in the first two full years of a CSU doctoral program are eligible to win one of three $5,000 best paper awards to be presented at a symposium this spring. The Social Science Research and Instructional Council's (SSRIC) annual Social Science Student Symposium will take place April 27 at Fresno State, and the Council has invited CSU students in all areas of the social sciences to present their research to their peers. The best paper awards are made possible by the continuing generosity of Gene Geisler, SF State professor emeritus of political science and a founding member of the SSRIC. In addition to these awards, a small stipend is available to defray travel costs for participants.

The registration deadline is March 30. For more information, visit the conference website. Students can register for the conference using this form. You can also register by clicking on “Registration” on the conference home page. Contact Tim Kubal at or Ed Nelson at with questions.

drawing of newspaperSeeking faculty experts for media

University Communications is updating its faculty experts list. Experts provide background and insights on current events and topics of interest to the news media. Interested in becoming a faculty expert? Complete the “Be an Expert Source” form.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards honoring students, faculty, staff and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. Help recognize students, faculty, staff members and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship.
Nominations are sought for the following categories:
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service
The deadline for submissions is March 22. For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit

Welcome to new staff

Alex Kulik has joined the College Office's IT team as assistant server administrator. Welcome, Alex!
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Upcoming Events

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: From Communities to Classrooms

March 3, 9-10:30 a.m., Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C, Lower Conference Level, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Derald Wing SueDerald Wing Sue is an internationally known speaker, consultant, writer and educator. He is a professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. His books include “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence”; “Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation”; “Microaggressions and Marginality”; “Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation”; “Multicultural Social Work Practice”; “Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice”; and “Multicultural Counseling Competencies.” 

Presented by the SF State Department of Counseling and Counseling Student Association.


Second Annual De Cecco Lecture in LGBT Studies and related workshop

Lecture: March 6, 4-6 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center
Workshop: March 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., LIB 244 and March 7, 9:30-11:30, LIB 286 (Faculty Commons)

Genny BremenGenny Beemyn will deliver the Second Annual De Cecco Lecture, speaking on “LGBTQ College Students: Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Campuses.” In conjunction with the lecture, Beemyn will lead a workshop on “Creating an inclusive learning environment for trans students,” which will be offered twice.

Beemyn is the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They have published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of transgender people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students, including eight edited books/journal issues, including special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.”
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Healing Arts, Spirituality & Community Organizing

March 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., LIB 286 (Faculty Commons)

How can we better talk about the energy that causes people to rise-up? How do we shift away from an obsession with strong individual leaders in favor of a more spiritual, creative and multicultural understanding of collaborative leadership and the energy that social movements generate and need? Community organizing is a deeply spiritual practice of story-sharing and relationship-building that includes and goes beyond current images of direct action.

Join Erika Katsky and Vivian Chávez in a conversation about community organizing as a spiritual/relational practice. Katsky is a community organizer with more than 20 years’ experience in faith, labor, LGBT and public school communities. Chávez is an associate professor of health education at SF State who has been teaching Community Organizing in Public Health (HED 455) for the last 17 years.

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SF State Gerontology Program’s 30th Anniversary Dinner and Reception

April 5, 5-7 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center

Mark LenoJoin current students, faculty, alumni, community leaders, senior care providers, friends and supporters of SF State in celeration of the Gerontology Proram's 30th anniversary. 

State Senator Mark Leno will be honored with the Distinguished Long-Term Care Advocate Award.
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Lecture: Gregory Herek

April 7, 3-5 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center

Gregory Herek, a retired psychologist from UC Davis who has done seminal work on the concept of sexual prejudice (negative attitudes about LGBTQ people), will discuss his lifetime of work.

Third Annual CHSS Spring Showcase

May 4, 3-6 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center

This annual event showcases the College’s scholarship, teaching and service. The theme of the 2017 showcase is social justice. Details to follow.

CREGS 2017 Summer Institute: Sexuality, Activism & Social Change

May 30-June 3, SF State Downtown Campus

In times of political turmoil, sexual liberation, gender freedom and activism are more relevant than ever. The 2017 Summer Institute on Sexuality will examine previous social justice movements connected to sexuality and gender, including BDSM, HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights and freedoms and LGBTQ activism, and look at current social justice movements and how they are using art and social connections to forward the cause. Registration opens soon. 
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Collegewide News

Former School of Social Work Professor K. Morgan Yamanaka passes away

K. Morgan YamanakaFormer School of Social Work Professor Kunitake Morgan Yamanaka died Jan. 27 at the age of 92. According to his son, John, he “passed peacefully in his sleep” in Mill Valley.

Yamanaka was a full-time SF State social work professor for 44 years, from 1962 to 2006. He had the distinction of never missing a class throughout his career until just before his 2006 retirement from SF State. He valued his affiliation with SF State, where he enjoyed teaching, advising, coordinating the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, serving as director of the Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice and decorating an impressive and artistic office filled with Japanese American artwork and memorabilia. California social workers inducted him into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in 2009. His contributions to his students, his school, SF State, the CSU and his community were continuous and consistent.

Chinn, nursing author and editor, leads faculty discussions

Peggy Chinn talk
Peggy Chinn, emeritus professor from the University of Connecticut, gave two presentations for CHSS faculty on Feb. 8.

The first was a facilitated discussion of the application of theory to research, practice and education for nursing faculty. Chinn is the author of one of the most widely used theory textbooks in nursing, “Knowledge Development in Nursing: Theory and Process,” now in its 10th edition. Faculty discussed their challenges in bringing theoretical perspectives to bear in their work, particularly in undergraduate courses. 

In the second presentation, Chinn brought her expertise as a long-time journal editor to discuss how predatory publishing has proliferated and is harming scholarly publishing. Like fake news, fake publishers often prey on faculty members who are concerned about getting their work published as quickly as possible, but lack the scholarly integrity of the peer review process.
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Faculty Honors & Awards

Yee-Melichar inducted as Regional Health Equity Council co-chair

Darlene Yee-MelicharThe Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health has inducted Professor of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar as co-chair of the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC IX). As co-chair, her role is to coordinate RHEC IX’s activities, represent its interests and priorities, and collaborate with other Regional Health Equity Council chairs to advance common interests.
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Faculty & Student Presentations

Counseling poster focuses on supporting undocumented youth in schools

Andrea Bueno (M.S., ’16, Counseling), current student Saba Mengistab Gebre and Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Graciela Orozco presented a poster session, “Best Practices for Helping Professionals: Supporting Undocumented Youth in Schools,” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in early January 2017. Their presentation offered case vignettes that reflect the reality of undocumented students in secondary school settings and provided resources, recommendations, and tools for helping professionals who serve this population.

Kinesiology student, faculty, highlight social justice pedagogy 

Kinesiology graduate student Dulce Gomez, Associate Professor Maria J. Veri and Assistant Professor Nicole Bolter presented “Integrating Social Justice Pedagogy with Teaching Research Methods and Statistics in Kinesiology” at the 2017 annual conference of Western Society for Physical Education of College Women. They discussed how their work as part of an SF BUILD research team from CHSS on reducing stereotype threat in research methods courses can be applied to teaching kinesiology courses. Often, research method courses are perceived as obstacles or challenges that deter students from pursuing research opportunities and later careers in biomedical research. The authors highlighted how social justice pedagogy can be implemented to create more inclusive classroom environments and to increase sense of belonging among students.

Clay discusses music and memoir

Bowie and PrinceAndreana Clay, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, spent the Fall 2016 semester presenting new work in Boston, Los Angeles and the Bay Area on “music and memoir.” These talks drew from her current research project, which explores the concept of loss in Black communities since the Civil Rights Movement, specifically in the areas of crack-cocaine, queer sexuality and social movement organizing. In January, she was invited to present on the music of Prince and David Bowie at the Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince conference at Yale University. There, she presented two works on a “Critical Karaoke” panel to the songs “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “Golden Years,” examining young women’s sexuality in the early 1980s and the beginnings of the crack-cocaine crisis in the mid-1970s.

Toporek, O'Shaughnessy, address social justice leadership in counseling 

Professor of Counseling Rebecca Toporek and Assistant Professor of Counseling Tiffany O'Shaughnessy gave an invited symposium titled “Counseling Psychology and Social Justice Leadership in the Real World: An Intergenerational Call to the Field” at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Portland, Ore., on January 6, 2017. They were joined on the panel by Professor Derald Wing Sue (Teachers College, Columbia University), Bryana French (University of St. Thomas), Brittan Davis (University of Pennsylvania) and Gilbert Jew (Arizona State University). The panel was moderated by Anneliese Singh (University of Georgia) and addressed ways that counseling psychologists across generations engage in social justice leadership in everyday practice.

Poster examines narrative group therapy intervention among young Black women

O'Shaughnessy and Shodiya-Zeumault with posterChancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar Shola Shodiya-Zeumault, along with her advisor, Assistant Professor of Counseling Tiffany O'Shaughnessy, presented a poster titled “Narratives of Resistance: Using Narrative-Based Group Therapy to Deconstruct Gendered Racial Microaggressions” at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2017. The poster presented the results of a mixed-method, preliminary investigation of the impact of an eight-week narrative group therapy intervention on the self-reported anxiety, depression and compromised academic performance of Black young women in high school.
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Grants & Contracts Received

Claudia Guedes, Susan Zieff (Kinesiology), California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, Developing a Four-Year Integrated Program for Physical Education B.S. and Teaching Credential, $249,980

Patrick Tierney (Recreation, Parks & Tourism), Marin County Department of Parks, Phase II Marin County Parks Visitors Study, $54,521

Recent Publications

Associate Professor Maria J. Veri (Kinesiology) published “Got Athletes? The Use of Male Athlete Celebrity Endorsers in Early Twentieth-Century Dairy Industry Promotions” in the Fall 2016 (Vol 43, No 3) issue of the Journal of Sport History. This article examines the dairy industry’s use of celebrity male athletic endorsers in milk-drinking promotions of the first half of the twentieth century. Through an analysis of photographs, posters, and print advertisements, Veri contends that the dairy industry’s association with sport was intended to boost milk sales and ultimately shape a masculine discourse of health, fitness, and vitality around milk consumption. 

Kopti and ShabibPhysical Therapy alumni Nicole Copti (DPT, ’16) and Raad Shahriari (DPT, ’16) have just been published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. They are first authors, along with Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy Linda Wanek and Assistant Professor Amber Fitzsimmons (UCSF) on the position paper titled "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion in Physical Therapy: Advocating for Cultural Competency in Physical Therapist Education Across the United States.”
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School & Department News

Department of Counseling

Gutierrez wins mental health fellowship

Rubi Esmeralda GutierrezRubi Esmeralda Gutierrez, a graduate student in the marriage, family and child counseling specialization with an emphasis in school counseling, was recently selected for the 2017 National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program - Master’s Mental Health. She was chosen from among many qualified applicants for her commitment to improving the mental health of underserved transition-age youth (ages 16-25). She will receive an $8,000 stipend to be used towards completion of her master’s counseling program. 

Department of Health Education

When We Rise logoFormer lecturer Guy to be portrayed in ABC miniseries

Women’s rights activist Roma Guy, who taught in the Department of Health Education from the early 1990s until 2007, will be portrayed by Mary Louise Parker in the upcoming miniseries “When We Rise.” The ABC miniseries also stars Guy Pearce as LGBT and AIDS activist Cleve Jones, an SF State alumnus. It will air over the course of multiple evenings beginning Feb. 27.

Department of Kinesiology

Student-run program brings fitness into the community

Student-led workout in park

Three times a week, a group of 10 students heads to a park to lead a free, one-hour workout. They are part of 100 Citizens, which aims to help residents of underserved communities meet or exceed the Center for Disease Control’s minimum recommendation for physical activity: 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.

Originally begun at California State University, Northridge, it was brought to San Francisco in 2015 by Casey Westbrook, an SF State graduate kinesiology student, and Arnold Shir, a class of ’15 alum now working as a research assistant at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Experts lecture on boundaries of human performance

Muscle Physiology Lecture Series, "Cellular & Molecular Boundaries of Human Performance"

On Feb. 6, Andy Galpin and Irene Tobias from the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton discussed their cutting-edge research on molecular muscle physiology and the boundaries of human performance. The event was part of the Muscle Physiology Lecture Series, presented by the Rossi Family Foundation and SF State's Department of Kinesiology.

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School of Nursing

Applications open for two nursing scholarships 

The Christy Kearney Award in Nursing & Holistic Health Scholarship supports students engaged in community service and/or research that involves nursing or holistic health. It provides financial assistance for educational expense, laboratory fees, uniforms, or other necessary items. The award amount is $750. The application deadline is April 2.
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The Linda Leary Reliable Caregivers Nursing Scholarship provides two scholarships of $1,250 annually for undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. The scholarships cover tuition and other expenses associated with their education. Preference given to single-parent students who have children at home while completing their studies. The application deadline is April 16.
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Simulation educators take active roles in simulation conference, journal

Kathleen SheaAssistant Professor Kathleen Shea, director of simulation at the School of Nursing, is now a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). This certification is awarded by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, which seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation.  

Ed RoveraShea and Nursing Pedagogy and Simulation Educator Ed Rovera submitted a proposal and have been accepted to present at a workshop titled “Simulation Program Evaluation: Using What You have and Using It Well” in June in Washington, D.C. at the annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference.  

Rovera has been invited to serve on the editorial board for the Clinical Simulation in Nursing, the official journal of INACSL, for a two-year term, January 2017 to January 2019. Rovera has been a very active reviewer for several years and enjoys the work and contribution to the body of literature related to simulation in nursing.

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement

Spring 2017 Willie Brown Fellows gain experience in public sector

Ten SF State students from four different colleges were selected to become Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellows in Spring 2017. This prestigious fellowship program provides SF State students who have faced barriers pursuing a college education with an opportunity to gain professional experience in the public sector while developing a lifelong commitment to public service.​ Five of the ten students are enrolled in majors in CHSS:
  • Layla Luna, Environmental Studies major, is working in the City of San Francisco’s GSA/Environmental Health and Safety Division, with a focus on industrial hygiene.
  • Desiree Mendez, Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics, is working with the Mayor’s senior policy analyst on education. 
  • Janine Juarez, Criminal Justice, is working in San Francisco’s Adult Probation Division. 
  • Lucy Rensch, Child & Adolescent Development major, is working in the City’s Office of Early Care and Education. 
  • Soknay Lim, Health Education major, is working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. 

Community Service Learning class helps kick off storm drain initiative

storm drainAssociate Professor Ernie Joaquin’s Fall 2016 PA 727-Community Service Learning (CSL) class participated in a program design and outreach initiative for the benefit of the City of South San Francisco. The “Adopt-a-Storm Drain” initiative has now officially been launched by South San Francisco’s Public Works Department, led by Councilmember Mark Addiego. Volunteers keep storm drains free from litter and debris from their adopted drain, and the city provides them with necessary materials to do it. The CSL student team was composed of Samantha Akwei, Hilary Douglas, Lana Martinez and Anthony Perez.
“I am proud of the work of this team, and grateful to have been able to conduct a course without connected with community about real issues,” Joaquin said.

Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Registration now open for Sailing and Paddling Summer Camps

Kids paddlingRegistration is now open for a summer of fun and learning through a sailing or paddling camp at nearby Lake Merced. The SF State Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Program is a sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding safety and activity instruction curriculum and environmental education program. Camps are M-F from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It’s convenient for parents working at SF State and fun for your child. Camps start June 12 and run through August 14. No prior experience needed.
Info and registration
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Alumni Corner

Counseling alumni reconnect at Bay Area mixers

South SF Counseling alumni mixer attendees

The Counseling Student Association (CSA) hosted its first two alumni mixers in the Bay Area, one in Oakland and another in South San Francisco. The CSA invited alumni to join them for a relaxing evening to reconnect, update each other on their careers and have great conversation. The first mixer took place at the Cat House in Oakland on Feb. 2. Fifteen people attended, with alumni from graduating classes spanning from 1969 to 2016. The second mixer was held at the Hometown Heroes Mixer in South San Francisco on Feb. 3, and was attended by 20 people representing the graduating classes of 2010 through 2016.

Members of the Department of Counseling and CSA were thrilled with the turnout and look forward to many more opportunities to engage with their alumni. 
Pictured: South San Francisco mixer

Development Spotlight

New Endowment Honors U.S. Army Nurse

Dorothy DavisDiana and Dick Glanville recently endowed the Dorothy L. Davis Memorial Scholarship in Nursing with a gift of $150,000 in honor of their aunt Dorothy Lovenia Davis, who was a U.S. Army Nurse during World War II. The Dorothy L. Davis Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will annually award two $3,000 scholarships to undergraduate nursing students who have a demonstrated financial need.

Davis was born and raised in Candler, a small mountain town near Asheville, N.C. Upon graduation from high school, she moved alone to Atlanta to attend nursing school at Grady Hospital, where she graduated in 1943. She was immediately commissioned into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. After Army basic training, she was posted to Shanghai and spent the next two years in China, Burma and India applying her nursing skills under very difficult conditions. After the war, she established a new life on the West Coast and spent her working life as a practicing clinical nurse, mostly at the former Letterman Hospital in the Presidio. She remained in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 40 years and obtained the rank of colonel. Always interested in bettering herself, she took classes at San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University) and received a B.A. in Education in 1961.

CHSS in the Media

Below is a selection of recent news stories featuring members of the CHSS community. For a more comprehensive list, see the CHSS in the Media page on the CHSS website.
  • Research by Professor of Sociology Gilbert Herdt is mentioned in an article about the link between the decline in youth suicide attempts and same-sex marriage laws. PBS NewsHour (2/20/17)
  • Professor Emeritus of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Nancy Rabolt discusses free speech on college campuses in an op-ed. Half Moon Bay Review (2/15/17)
  • A study by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper on posture and its effect on mood is referenced in stories on the mental health benefits of good posture. Medical Daily (1/31/17);  The Marshalltown (2/8/17).
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CHSS connection is published regularly by the College Office. Please submit news and photos to Michael Broder at The next issue will be published in late March 2017; the deadline for submissions is March 15. 
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