Hello Gators and welcome to the newest addition of our NSFP FroshMemo!
We encourage you all to build the habit of keeping up with this memo as a way of staying in tune with all of our campus resources, activities, and events for the Spring 2021 semester! Additionally, compiling dates, deadlines, event times, and any other information you deem helpful into a space where you will not forget it, as this is an easy way to stay on track of all things San Francisco State University related. This memo is an excellent way to have some fun and enrich your college experience, both socially and academically, here at SFSU!
Issue 30 Articles
Learn about some of the history regarding the student voices/movements that have occurred here at San Francisco State University
While the decision in the Chauvin/Floyd case a couple weeks ago is a step in the correct direction, it can never make up for the wrongdoings enacted and lives lost at the hands of police brutality. San Francisco State University has been a school that has exercised this very fact throughout its history by promoting the voices and causes that it’s students have aligned themselves with, being a beacon for social justice and political change/activism. Here, we will take a look at some of the social/political activism campaigns and movements that have taken place in our very own community over the years, and learn of the great stories they have left behind.
Early 60’s Free Speech, Civil Rights, Anti-War Movements
Throughout the early 1960s, the free speech, civil rights, and anti-war movements found a home at San Francisco State University. Described by Professor Robert Smith, he states, “there was a confluence of different protest movements and they eventually moved into one mass protest against the Vietnam War.” These protests against the violence of the war and the lack of free speech among all Americans had a ripple movement to other universities and colleges around the world, as various other universities across California as well as other states followed in suit to protest similar matters. San Francisco State students were also present on other campuses during this time, igniting the movements and even helping Brandeis in organizing their own Black Studies department.
1968-1989 Strike at SFSU
From November 1968 to March 1969, “On Strike! Shut it down!” could be heard throughout the entirety of our college campus. A five month strike of the school sought to expose the racism and authoritarianism found on the campus, demanding increased representation for students of minority backgrounds. The result of this strike was a successful effort, bringing about the creation of the very first Department of Black Studies and Ethnic Studies in the entire country.
Summer of Love Programs
While the infamous “Summer of Love” campaign was occurring all throughout San Francisco and creating hotspots in areas such as Haight-Ashbury and the Golden Gate Park, SF State students instead came together to network and do activism work in the community. This resulted in the Experimental College being founded in 1965, combatting the large influx of individuals and resulting rises in homelessness and starvation by developing free courses taught by professors, students, and community members. It became a social driving force on campus, offering tutoring by students to at-risk kids, offering advice on the military draft and forming service learning programs, and creating work-study programs. Overall, this aided in establishing the self-sufficient and community-centered spirit of our school that lasts even in today’s age, with so many of our students working to better the surrounding community and overall world.
With the end of the semester coming up, make sure you complete the tasks left and say goodbye for your first year!!
- Complete those last missing assignments
- Make a list of each class and those missing assignments. Email your professors and see what assignments you can still turn in
- Check your degree progress and plan for Fall 2021 courses
- Check your Degree Progress Report (DPR) to review remaining requirements and plan for fall courses.
- If you have questions about your DPR or need support, please make an advising appointment with your assigned advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Center through Navigator.
- Your advisor can assist you with reviewing the Degree Progress Report and can help you plan for next semester.
- Check where you are mentally
- Many people prioritize their grades over their well being, especially during this time of the semester. Try to find a balance instead. Contact the CAPS department and talk to a professional.
- What do you want to get out of the summer
- How do you want to spend the summer. Contact the CSLD department for jobs and internships that are available for the summer.
San Francisco offers a variety of housing options to explore if you’re curious find some tips below!
I have often considered what housing works best for me through a variety of methods. On and on campus housing has a lot to offer. As a student it is very important to explore and find what works best for you! Some things I would suggest are looking at transportation, affordability, furnished/unfurnished, pets, and whatever else may be important to you!
San Francisco State University has a variety of on campus housing options! Visit our housing website to find more details: https://housing.sfsu.edu/housing-options. As a student I have lived on campus and benefited greatly as it allowed me to reach class easily as well as socialize and make friends!
Off-campus housing is also a great option! Finding off campus housing can be found through things like facebook groups or class friends! Our housing website offers many resources that allow one to explore these options, for more details make sure to visit: https://housing.sfsu.edu/off-campus-housing-resources!
What’s the 411 About the 415?
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (semester), and it’s online shopping! I’ve heard of discounts for college students, but they are nowhere in sight. Are they a myth?
Your Fellow Gator,
Discounts for college students are a reality! The following is a list of websites who provide a multitude of discounts to students and the general public:
- Offers students discounts on Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Technology and Sports & Media
- Offers individuals discounts on 30,000+ stores
- Offers individuals discounts on a variety of stores, which include but are not limited to the following: Amazon, Target and Walmart
Also, a key feature about these websites is that signing up is FREE!
See ya later, Gator!
P.S. Do YOU have questions without answers? Ask Alli by filling out this form!
Professional & Financial Opportunities!
Stella Chan Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Stella Chan, alumnus, the fund is to be used as an annual scholarship for current SFSU graduate and current SFSU undergraduate social work students who are committed to working in the Asian community. Apply by May 31, 2021 at this link.
Non-Profit Development Intern (San Diego)
The American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (https://aibrt.org) is looking for talented and highly motivated students to work with distinguished psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein on non-profit development projects. Dr. Epstein is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine, a Ph.D. of Harvard University, and the author of 15 books and more than 300 articles. He is also one of the most frequently interviewed psychologists in the world. We are currently looking for people to help us with non-profit development projects. Such projects may include helping to obtain public funding through means of fundraisers and crowd, seeking private funding by connecting with donors who are interested in furthering our research, seeking out government grants for AIBRT to submit to, and forming LOI’s (Letter of Inquiry’s) to pursue said grants on behalf of AIBRT. Apply by June 30, 2021 at this link.
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)
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
Monday, May 10
Fall ‘21 Class Schedule on the Web
Friday, May 21 @ 5 pm
Join at the link! Download Discord to join multiple clubs and their events. Please say hello in the #general chat.
Welcome to Cru, an organization passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Looking for a community of believers? Have questions about life and God? Just interested in learning what we are all about? Please join our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8pm! We frequently have a variety of unique guest speakers and frequently host game nights to get to know one another.
Join HPW's Monthly Art Night to socialize, network, and listen to music along with art and new friends. The SUPP student organization will be co-hosting and facilitating fun activities each month. All you need to bring is yourself and your favorite art supplies.
Casual Friday coffee social. Meet fellow music nerds and peers outside the class setting.
Register with SF State Student Email: https://bit.ly/CreativeStressReductionWS After registering for this workshop an approval email will be sent to the facilitator. Once approved, you will receive an email with the Zoom link for the date you signed up for. In the email, click the text that says "Click Here to Join". You will then be prompted to join the workshop's zoom meeting.
An open support group who are needing a safe space to process their college experience during the pandemic and build a sense of community with other students learning alone.
Discussion topics are developed by group members and can include virtual learning challenges, feelings of loneliness and isolation, family/friend concerns, setting boundaries, coping creatively, and more!
Come join the AS CoSE Rep to share and discuss your experience of Spring 2021 and how that shapes your expectations for Fall 2021. Dean Domingo and Associate Dean Marzke will be in attendance to answer all questions and concerns.
Open Forum for the Assistant Dean of Students Candidate:
The Assistant Dean of Students Search committee invites you to participate in an Open Forum for the Assistant Dean of Students candidate.
Tuesday, May 4th 3:00 – 3:50 PM Open Student Forum: Question Prompt and Q&A:
The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for managing the vision, strategic direction, and day-to-day operations of the New Student and Family Programs Office and the First-Year Experience Initiative, including New Student Orientation and Online Orientation, week of welcome activities (GatorFest!), the First-Year Experience Initiative, Parent & Families Program, Peer Mentoring programs, and various academic and social transition programs for students, parents, and families. This position serves as an advocate for students by representing the needs of students to University staff, faculty, and administrators, including providing direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis situations; coordinating services and resources; assisting with the administration of the student code of conduct.
Come meet the candidate and share your voice and vision for students at SF State. As students it is important we have our voices heard and interact with candidates to hear more about their vision for our campus and our student body!
Other Open Forums:
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Administration
- Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:45pm-2:45pm: Richard Storti. Click to RSVP
- Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:45pm-2:45pm: Jeff Wilson. Click to RSVP
- Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:30am-11:30am: Jeanine Hawk.
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:15am-10:15am: Jeanine Hawk. Click to RSVP
SFSU Resource of the Week!
Are you looking for more nutritious and financially available food options?
With all of the strenuous financial obligations that students have in college, at times many students have limited access to nutritious foods. Associated students developed Gator Groceries to fight food insecurity and provide Meals & Snacks for SFSU students every Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Bring your student ID and an active email to the Cesar Chavez Plaza Level to get free, nutritious groceries that can support you in your experience at SFSU. If you have any questions email email@example.com.
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 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org