It’s All About Engagement!

Civic engagement is important for SF State MPA’ers, as they showed at President Obama’s recent speech here in San Francisco, where our students and alums were well represented.

Obama Speech

Obama Speech

Current student Ju Hong, a long-time immigration rights activist and member of the group ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education), made news across the country by speaking out while the President was talking about immigration–and engaging with the President when he turned around to speak with him.   Ju (second row from the top, left of center) told the President that his family had been deported and asked for his help and then he and others asked for deportations to stop.  Ju’s subsequent open letter to the President about immigration was published by the Huffington Post.

Also at the event (top row center) is alum Alex Randolph (MPA, 2012), who helped to organize the event, held at the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center.  Alex is Deputy Director of Community and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Obama from the Audience

Obama from the Audience

Amy Moore (MPA 2011), who serves as Outreach Director for the Recreation and Parks Department, also helped out with the event.

Amy stated, “I  got to live one of my dreams today. I volunteered with the White House for the President’s visit. They let me lead the team charged with getting everyone in. It was so awesome”!

To round out the participation, other alums were also present, including Shamann Walton (MPA, 2010), Executive Director of Young Community Developers, Inc.   In addition to his interest in the President’s comments on immigration, Shamann has just announced his candidacy to be an elected member of the San Francisco Unified School Board.

We are proud of all of our students and alums for their continuing efforts and activities in the community.