FroshMemo Archived Issue 24 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 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.  As midterms approach, we wish you all the best of luck and know that you will be successful!


FroshMemo Issue 24 Spring '21

Learn about some of the locations, streets, events, and culture surrounding our great city!  In this week's memo, we will explore the history of the infamous Haight-Ashbury! 


Although Haight-Ashbury has been a San Francisco neighborhood for quite some time, it’s origin of prevalence truly came to life in the 1960’s, where it became home to the mass hippie movement.  Haight became the epicenter of many revolutionary movements, famous musicians, spiritual groups, altogether making it an inviting and open-minded space for creativity and the people’s voices.  Artists everywhere from Jimi Hendrix to John Lennon and Yoko Ono all flocked to this area to experience the unique ideas and movements taking place in the district.  Haight-Ashbury is commonly seen as a free-spirited space, constantly working to uplift the surrounding community, seen in its volunteer-run theatre the Red Vic, which uplifts the work of independent/local filmmakers. 

Even in the present day, Haight-Ashbury is a thriving neighborhood that melds cultures, eras, and people together.  Filled with vibrant thrift stores, vintage shops, chain stores, restaurants, bars, and highly popularized brands, this infamous spot has something for everyone!  Haight-Ashbury is bustling with people and cars on a daily basis and the night doesn’t stop the fun, as many bars and lounges remain open throughout the night.  Often seen as a tourist attraction, a popular shopping center, and residential community, Haight is a must for anyone who has not yet visited or is looking for tourist attractions.  Additionally, Golden Gate Park is also found close by, and provides a two-in-one trip for anyone looking to implement some nature into their visit! 


Wondering how to navigate midterm stress? See below some tips I have found helpful in navigating this stress.

Midterm season is coming up! Feeling stressed is such a natural response to this time, but there are ways to get through it. It can be challenging to feel in control of one’s stress when so much is going on, but trying various methods to destress and navigate this time is best is a great way to find the best practice for you!


Finding your Organization Style:

Exploring how you can best organize yourself and what works best for you is a great way to feel less stressed during midterm season. There are various ways to stay organized, whether through a physical planner, an online calendar, post-it notes, reminders on your phone, etc. Exploring these options and finding what best allows you to keep track of your time allows the midterm season to go by with much more ease. I like to set aside time to study within my planners and set phone reminders to assist in that.


Setting Boundaries & Reaching out:

One of my most significant stressors during midterm is setting boundaries. This can manifest in several ways; whether it be with family, roommates, or even yourself, these are important to put in place in such a stressful time. For me living at home, I make sure to update my family with what is going on and set the boundary that they provide me with some space in the upcoming weeks. I also like to arrange a boundary with myself to not go overboard into being overwhelmed and overworked. Beyond that, know when to also ask for help! It’s okay to ask a friend to be there for you or reach out to a professor with any trouble. Understanding that you’re not alone allows you to find comfort and the help you may need, and setting boundaries like the ones I mentioned allows those around you to give you uninterrupted space or time you may need as well!


Self Care & Confidence:

Self-care is so vital during the midterm season. To set aside even an hour or two to do something you love during this time is essential for not only your mental health but also your ability to do well on your exams or assignments! With this, we must remind ourselves that we are doing our best and, as an act of self-care, truly be confident in that. Being assured that our effort matters regardless of the outcome has always helped me navigate midterms. Always remember you got this!


What’s the 411 About the 415?

Hi Alli,


It’s midterm season! These late nights, early mornings and limited, allotted slots of time for tests are draining my energy. I need a boost!


Your Fellow Gator,

Pearl Chanel Kair


Hi Pearl,


Midterm season is ROUGH, especially on your face! Irregular sleep is a NO, but sheet masks are a GO! While you study or take a nap, put on a sheet mask! Afterwards, you’ll feel relaxed, refreshed and most importantly, rejuvenated! The following is a list of sheet mask recommendations:



Also, if you’re unable to immediately obtain a sheet mask, then “put on” a sheet mask lens from one of Snapchat/Instagram/another social media platform’s collection. It’s an alternative experience, but it’s also a reminder of what is yet to come!


Good luck this midterm season!


See ya later, Gator!





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


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Scholarship Highlight: Alumni Association Scholar Award

The purpose of the Alumni Association Scholar Award is to support any current undergraduate or graduate student who is able to demonstrate how their work is connected to supporting the community as well as demonstrate financial need. Go to the posting on Academic Works to get more information and to apply.

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Summer Internship Opportunity: Paid Summer Fellowship in Progressive Politics

Apply by March 19th! Paid summer fellowship with Progressive Pipeline –– up to $6000 and a chance to launch your career in politics!  We’ll train you on the skills you need to succeed, from cutting edge digital organizing tactics to data analysis to communication. We’ll coach you on how to turn your summer fellowship into a career. And we’ll place you in a paid summer organizing, data, or communications internship with a progressive organization. Get more information from the SFSU Handshake website internship posting.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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


Saturday, February 13-Monday, Friday, March 26

Withdrawal from Classes or University (For Compelling Reasons) 

Monday, March 22 - 25 Friday, March 26

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

Wednesday, March 31

Cesar Chavez Day / No Instruction

Summer Classes Priority Registration Opens: Monday, April 5th

Priority registration for Summer Class at SFSU begins Monday, April 5th. Class schedules will be announced March 15th. 


Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, May 14

Withdrawal from Class/University (By Exception)

Friday, May 14

Last Day of Instruction

Monday, May 17 - Friday, May 21

Final Exams

Friday, May 21 @5 pm

Credit/NoCredit Deadline



Featured Events

Join the Tutoring and Academic Support Center to get tips and tricks on building your reading process for Philosophy texts! This is open to all Phil-110 students. 


Join the Virtual Career Fair Training to learn about how to navigate Handshake's virtual fair platform. Hosted by Career Services & Leadership Development at San Francisco State University.

All students of the BUC, LGBTQIA+ Student Life, Latinx, Dreamer Resource Center, and ASPIRE, and Interfaith Programs may join us during our virtual study jam! Drop in to study together in this quiet, co-working space!

Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU students, employees, and their immediate family members. Immigration attorneys from Immigrant Legal Defense are available to assist individuals with general consultations and case representation in various types of immigration cases, including DACA. This project aims to serve undocumented and documented students, students with immigration questions, staff, faculty and their immediate family members

This workshop explores various self-care strategies to utilize in order to promote positive mental health and sleep management. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card.

Let off some steam with your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual siblings during this one-hour chat! Bring your own tea!

Join the QTRC as we create a space for QTBIPOC to express their creativity in mediums of poem, spoken word, song, etc..

Join on Instagram Live: @as_qtrc_sfsu

This workshop explores various self-care strategies to utilize in order to promote positive mental health and sleep management. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card.

Join us to create a safe space for queer, non-binary, gender non conforming Asian American and Pacific Islander folx and allies to fully express themselves and get to know peers, organizations, and resources on campus available for our community.

Join us as we come together during this series to explore Ted Talks, current events, and a variety of other topics. Some of these topics include discussions about art from undocuartist, policies that impact our communities, and professional growth.

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.

Join FYE for an Among Us game night! You'll be playing multiple matches of the game while socializing with other first-year students. Students should make sure they download the game on their phones before the event.

Join HPW X SUPP at Art Night! Sign up for a night full of color and fun! Show your talent while meeting fellow Gators! Bring any art materials you may have at home: Acrylic Paint, Canvases, Brushes, Crayons, Color Pencils, Paper. If you live on campus or near SFSU, you can pick up an art kit and other grab and go wellness resources from our office located at Village at Centennial Square 750 Font Blvd., Suite 5000, San Francisco, CA 94132. The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 -2 PM. Reach out to if interested.

We hope to combat the lack of support and encouragement given to Black men in our communities. Attendees will enjoy a networking opportunity and the chance to meet people in their community.


The Leadership for Social Justice Series is for students, staff, or faculty wanting to gain skills important to improving campus climate. This session will explore Dr. Tara Yosso’s six-part Community Cultural Wealth Model, a framework to understand how students of color access and experience college from a strengths-based perspective.

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: Elsa Ramo – Named to Variety’s “2020 Legal Impact Report” and 2019 “Dealmakers List,” Ramo has represented over 100 films and 50 television scripted and unscripted series in 2019 alone.


Viviana Zarragoitia – Vice President in Three Point Capital's lending division and has been involved in the financing of over 100 independent films and received over 20 Executive Producer credits.


Gator Talks

Gator Talks

Now that you’re in, get to know us! Gator Talks is a series of virtual events for our admitted first year freshmen and transfer students. THAT’S YOU!  Gator Talks will begin March 11 through April 30.

Women’s History Month: Meet Faculty on Campus!

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Martha Kenney

Martha Kenney - Associate Professor

Martha Kenney is a feminist science studies scholar whose research is dedicated towards the poetics and politics of biological storytelling.  Martha Kenney is a professor instructing courses on the politics of science, medicine, the environment, and technology.  Kenney is currently observing narratives emerging from the new field of environmental epigenetics, studying how signals from the environment can have effects on gene expression.  More specifically, Dr. Kenney examines how assumptions of gender, race, class, and sexuality influence the design of epigenetic experiments, and further in how we as a population understand the relationship between bodies and environments.  Additionally, Kenney has published articles in Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Biosocieties and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.  You can contact Martha Kenney via or through

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Julietta Hua

Julietta Hua - Professor, Women and Gender Studies

Julietta Hua has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and teaches the Women and Gender Studies courses of immigration, human rights, and law and politics.  Hua is also the author of Trafficking Women’s Rights (2011), examining U.S. anti-trafficking laws and policies, and has also published various research regarding chimpanzee sanctuaries, as well as the “limits of rights” framework.  Dr. Hua is also currently working in conjunction with Dr. Kasturi Ray regarding the political organizing around intimate labors, and shows a true dedication to her work!  You can contact Julietta Hua via or via

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SFSU Fact of the Week!

Have you heard of the SFSU Planetarium?

Since 1973,  SFSU has had the Charles F. Hager Planetarium where people can access free public shows exhibiting the complexities of the universe. The planetarium can show up to 1,354 stars, planets, and the sun and the moon. You can also observe many constellations, the celestial equator, the ecliptic, and the meridian. Once SFSU and all of it’s services open, and everything's safe, make your way over to the 4th floor of Thornton Hall to explore the wonders of the planetarium.


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Dean-On-Call Program 

Real-time support for students and those that may be experiencing difficulties in navigating the universities environment

The Dean-On-Call Program serves as an opportunity for students to drop-in for usual or unusual questions, serve as a support or referral resource, and to help students navigate the university environment.

First-Year Experience Peer Mentors

Fellow students are here to connect you to the campus community & provide one-on-one support!

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