FroshMemo Archived Issue 23 Spring 2021

Greetings Gators and welcome to this week's NSFP FroshMemo!

Utilize this memo as your one-stop shop for all current events, deadlines, activities, and resources at  San Francisco State University!  While these memos are here for your discretion and personal use, actively implementing them into your weekly schedule can aid in making this semester a more fulfilling experience and providing various opportunities to make memorable connections.  Remember, while we are all spread out with the current circumstances of the world, we as Gators are all in this together and want to maintain the tightly knit community we have here at SFSU! 


FroshMemo Issue 23 Spring 21

The purpose of the Gabriela Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund is to assist promising immigrant, first generation students in their pursuit of their college degree at SF State who are DACA eligible or AB540 eligible. Gabriela Sanchez whose memory is honored with the Gabriela Sanchez Memorial Scholarship was dedicated to her studies, actively involved with the SF State community, and eager to accomplish her many goals. She was a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which eased some of the many barriers in the pursuit of her goals of obtaining a college degree and becoming a role model for her family and her fellow undocumented students, who struggle like she did. Go to to get more information and to apply.


Are you looking for scholarships? Now is the perfect time to look as resources and scholarships are abundantly available. Read below to learn a bit more about what SFSU has to offer!

Scholarships are such a great way to get the extra support you may need financially! Right now is the perfect time as many scholarships are opening up to students. As someone who has applied to many scholarships, I have found them to be absolutely helpful in my time here at San Francisco State University. They offer so many scholarships to a wide variety of majors and groups you may belong to. 


Our San Francisco State Academic Works allow you to access SFSU scholarships, grants, and external opportunities. Beyond that, there is a handy filter where you can narrow down scholarships to meet your criteria. This is a great place to get started in your scholarship search, as there are so many great opportunities there. To sign in and for more information, make sure to visit:

Lastly, writing these scholarship essays may seem daunting but fear not! You got this! There are many online resources to support you further. A quick google search can allow you to find many examples. Beyond that, reaching out to a friend or mentor to proofread or give you advice can be very beneficial. Our financial aid office even offers support through example essays and tips, which can be found here: I wish you the best in your scholarship search, Go Gators!

What’s the 411 About the 415?


Hiya Alli,


Ever since the beginning of the semester, I’ve felt as if I’ve been physically stuck in the same spot 24/7. Though I can’t necessarily learn in a completely new setting, how do I make my space more comfortable?


Your Fellow Gator,

Pia Lo


Hi Pia,


When I think of “comfortable,” I think of soft and fluffy things, like a pillow! Since you want to know how to make your space more comfortable, I recommend utilizing a multitude of pillows for a variety of purposes within your space. The following is a list of recommendations on what to transform your pillow(s) into, while operating in your newfound workspace:


  • A seat cushion
  • A back cushion
  • A tool for an emergency nap
  • A pile to jump into after completing an impactful assignment
  • A key component in a sporadic pillow fight with your imaginary friends


The possibilities are truly endless!


See ya later, Gator!





P.S. Do YOU have questions without answers? Ask Alli by filling out this form!


Important Dates and Deadlines

We highly recommend students bookmark or calendar these dates on their phones or computer calendars.

Saturday, February 13-Monday, April 19 

Withdrawal from Classes or University (For Compelling Reasons) 

Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26

Spring ‘21 Spring Recess (No Classes, Offices Open)

Wednesday, March 31

Cesar Chavez Day / No Instruction

Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, May 14

Withdrawal from Class/University (By Exception)

Friday, May 14 Monday

Last Day of Instruction

May 17 - Friday, May 21

Final Exams


An interactive cooking workshop to learn affordable & healthy recipes to cook during the pandemic. Students have the option of cooking along or to watch and learn! Ingredient list will be sent out prior to the event; ingredients are not supplied. Co-sponsored by HPW and ASPIRE.




This is the story of an undocumented leader, social entrepreneur, and project manager. Along with lessons learned along the way that have both helped and challenged her. She will share some projects she has helped create to continue organizing with undocumented people including a Black and White Photo Series and her current project, Shot of Truth Podcast. She worked in Student Affairs for multiple years, trained staff and faculty across campus, presented at multiple national conferences, and continues her work challenging institutions to do better for undocumented students. This workshop is catered to undocumented students and educators.




Spaces for Black, Latinx, and Asian & Pacific Islander men are important for college success. Join us to get connected with the SF State Men of Color Mentorship Program and with peers, staff, and faculty who identify as men of color at SF State. See additional Men of Color events in this calendar on: 3/17, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, and 4/30.




The purpose of these forums is to bring SFSU students together to have a space for learning, dialogue, and collaboration in response to the Anti-Asian violence in our communities. We aim to hold a space for students to heal, create action plans, and discuss how students can be involved.




Alex Martinez is an undocu-queer poet living in Arizona. They write about the intersectionalities of their identities. In this workshop, Alex will share their journey and challenges of being an undocumented and non-binary person in a heteronormative white America. Additionally, they will share previously published works.




Join the QTRC during a live stream drag performance. This year's theme is cybernetics.




The pill, patch, ring, shot, implant, IUD, the list goes on! Join this workshop to learn the buzz birth control options. We will explore how each method works, their pros and cons, and how each method can cater to different needs and lifestyles.




Immigrant Legal Defense will provide an overview of the travel ban and the latest update regarding any restrictions in traveling or immigrating to the United States.


Come join us for a fun Art Night Social! Feel free to bring your own art supplies to draw, paint, or do any other crafty activity while socializing with other first-year students. We'll play music, share whatever projects we're working on, and have a very relaxed (and fun!) time. Materials will not be provided!




The SF State Safe Zone Ally ( program is looking for students to become safe zone allies for our campus LGBTQ+ community. The SF State Safe Zone Ally program’s mission is to foster a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ+ community in a confidential and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone Ally, volunteers must complete a Safe Zone Ally training. You must pre-register in order to

participate. You can also get more information about the Safe Zone Ally program by checking

out the website at:


RSVP: Email Rick Nizzardini at


The School of Cinema at San Francisco State University is committed to diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. UCLA’s 2020 Diversity Report showed that film executives and directors are still overwhelmingly white men. Women of Color in Hollywood intends to demystify who gets to work in Hollywood. This webinar series features a lineup of women of color who come from different sectors of the entertainment industry and who are at the top of their respective fields.


Featuring: Adhrucia Apana – Executive Producer/Producer of such films as this year’s upcoming releases: Capone starring Tom Hardy, Matt Dillion, and Linda Cardellini directed by Josh Trank; Needle starring Cynthia Ervo, Leslie Odom Jr., Orlando Bloom, and Frieda Pinto.


Rebecca Choi – Director of Development of Archer Gray and has contributed to films such as Lost Girls, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, 20th Century Women, Mr. Holmes, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.




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Spotlight Gator

Dia Talwar (she/her/hers)

Class Standing: Sophomore

From: India

Major: Business Administration


Organizations: SUPP, GENB and MOBS (Substance Use Peer Prevention, General Business Org, Management organization for Business Students)

Why did you choose SFSU: I chose SFSU because it has a great business program with information systems as a concentration.The tuition was in my budget as an international student. Also I love the city.

Was SFSU your first choice & why?: No, I was very confused as I applied to 4 different countries and 15 different universities.

What has been your biggest roadblock this past: This semester I have taken all upper division and core classes as they are very different and hectic. I am trying to get into a routine and being more organized.

What is your dream job and why: Being a project manager in the United States. I love the interpersonal communication and handling projects.


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Women’s History Month: Meet Faculty on Campus!

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Kasturi Ray

Kasturi Ray - Department Chair, Major Advisor

Dr. Kasturi Ray’s focus is primarily on that of women and work; globalization and transnationality; immigration and diaspora studies; as well as colonial, postcolonial, and neo-colonial studies.  Currently focused on composing her book, The Trade in Maids: Cross-Cultural Readings of Paid and Unpaid Domestic Workers, Ray’s work is a historical examination of women’s work in Hawaii, Bengal, the Philippines, as well as the Bay Area.  Ray is concurrently working on a comparative social history of women workers on nineteenth-century sugar plantations in Hawaii, Trinidad, Tobago, and Louisiana.  

You can contact Kasturi Ray via or through

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Nan Alamilla Boyd

Nan Alamilla Boyd - Professor, WGS Minor Advisor

Nan Alamilla Boyd’s interests in the academic field include that of the history of sexuality, queer theory, historical methodology, urban tourism, and globalization.  Boyd is credited with the creation of her book, Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965, and has published multiple articles regarding various topics of interest.  Currently, Boyd is working on a project exploring the history of tourism and commodification of race and sex in four San Francisco neighborhoods.  Nan Alamilla Boyd received her BA in History from UC Berkeley and a MA and Ph.D. from the Department of American Civilization at Brown University.

You can contact Nan Alamilla Boyd via or through

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Deborah Cohler

Deborah Cohler - Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Deborah Cohler’s areas of interest include that of queer/sexuality studies, feminist theory, critical military studies, and finally in interrelationships among gender, sexuality, race, and nationalism.  Cohler is the author of Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth Century Britain, as well as articles on the sexual and gendered effects of World War I as well as the War on Terror.  Cohler is additionally working on creating a monograph that examines mass cultural and subcultural representations of military spouses in US culture at the turn of the twenty-first century.

You can contact Deborah Cohler at or through

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SFSU Fact of the Week:

Why are we the Gators?

In 1931, though the Golden seal, puma, and panther were great contenders for the SFSU mascot, the Golden Gator was chosen. SFSU chose the Gator as our school mascot reflecting on it’s strong, well-build, and steadfast qualities. As gators, we strive for strength in our teams and community through every academic, social, and emotional endeavor, while we gradually work to achieve our goals. Being the Golden Gators also reflects on a great connection we have through San Francisco to the astounding landmark; the Golden Gate Bridge.


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The First-Year Experience Peer Mentor program provides support available to all first-year students at SFSU! Attend the events & study circles that peer mentors hold every week to meet other first-year students & integrate into the community at SFSU. You can also get individualized support by meeting with a peer mentor.

New Student Help Desk 

Help when you need it most! Visit with New Student Programs and the Gator Mentors! 

The New Student Help Desk is open five days a week, Monday - Friday from 10 am-12 pm & 1 pm-2 pm every week! A GatorMentor is always there to answer any pressing questions you may have. The Help Desk is available for reservations Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. If you would like to make a reservation, please email your assigned Gator Mentor directly, and they will assist you in setting up a reservation. Don't have a Gator Mentor? Email us at