Gerontology Program partners with RHEC IX on “Elderly Health Disparities: Translating Research into Practice”

GRNThrough the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) program, the Pacific Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC IX) partnered with SF State’s Gerontology Program to perform a review and analysis of literature that focused on elderly health disparities. The result is a compilation of data and list of programs that can be used to improve health care delivery for minority elders in Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Pacific Islands). The report includes an executive summary, data matrices and annotated bibliography. It also includes a template letter and messaging for sending to relevant legislators. Martin C. Blanco, an M.A. student in gerontology and OMH Health Equity Fellow, worked with Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar, Gerontology Program coordinator and OMH Health Equity Mentor, and members of RHEC IX on this comprehensive report.  For further information, please visit:


MPA Community Service Learning Efforts Helped Kick-Start “Adopt a Storm Drain” of South San Francisco City

South San Francisco City announced on February 6, 2017 that its “Adopt a Storm Drain” initiative is off to a great start, with over 30 volunteers to help keep South San Francisco beautiful. Keeping the drains open is especially important during the fall and winter rainy season when debris can clog drains and can cause street and sidewalk flooding.

“Adopt a Storm Drain” got up and running with the help of our Community Service Learning (CSL) project team from the class of PA 727 (Program and Service Delivery) last Fall 2016. Providing initial design and outreach concepts over the semester to get the project kick-started, the CSL team was composed of Anthony Perez, Hilary Douglas, Lana Martinez, and Samantha Akwei, in Professor Ernita Joaquin’s pilot service learning class. CSL classes are being promoted across SF State to integrate engagement, service, and reflective learning within the course goals.

“I’m personally very excited about this initiative, as it gets our community involved in helping keep our City clean and safe,” said Councilmember Mark Addiego. “Doing little things like picking up trash and litter will go a long way in helping prevent future flooding in our City.”

Here is the City’s formal press release The mayor even did a video to show how easy it is to sign up.

Congratulations to the CSL Team and we wish South San Francisco City success!


BETWEEN CRIMINALIZATION AND CARE: Policing and Social Service Outreach in San Francisco’s Homeless Encampments

Dr. Brown and Dr. Yarbrough of SF State’s School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement were panelist on a Storefront Lab discussion on October 11, 2016 titled “Towards a Compassionate City: A Conversation About Homeless Encampments”.  This panel examined how policing and social service outreach plays out on the streets of San Francisco on a day-to-day basis and what impact this has both on those experiencing homelessness and on the rest of the city. It provided a historical and national context for the roles and impacts of “quality of life” laws aimed at homelessness, similar to those initiatives on the November ballot and currently operating in San Francisco.  The panelists also discuss local propositions Prop Q – Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks and Prop R Neighborhood Crime Unit. The panel is available to stream at



Dr. Gen Co-Authors Article

Associate Professor Sheldon Gen (Public Administration, PACE) published an article titled “Strategies of Policy Advocacy Organizations and Their Theoretical Affinities: Evidence from Q-Methodology” (with Amy Conley Wright) in Policy Studies Journal. The article connects literature on nonprofits and policy change with policy studies literature on influence in the policy process to examine policy advocacy strategies of nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Stowers Authors Article with MPA Students

Professor Genie Stowers (Public Administration, PACE), with three MPA students, published “Understanding the content and features of open data portals in American cities” in Government Information Quarterly. This paper presents the result of research on features and content of open data portals in American cities. The authors developed five scales to categorize and describe these portals. Regression models explaining variation between cities on these scales indicate city population as an important influence, along with participation in a regional consortium. Overall, results indicate portals are in a very early stage of development and need a great deal of work to improve user help and analysis features as well as inclusion of features to help citizens understand the data.

PACE Practitioner-in-Residence awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year

On Smacallaireptember 17th, CJCJ’s Executive Director and PACE Practitioner-in-Residence,  Daniel Macallair, was recognized by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) for his decades of work in the field of juvenile justice. At PJDC’s 13th Annual Roundtable Conference, Macallair was honored with the Juvenile Advocate of the Year Award for 2016, and also provided the keynote address on the “History of the California Youth Authority and Lessons Not Learned.”

In his speech, Macallair detailed some of the findings of his new book After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of 21st Century Reform. He gave a brief history of California’s state youth corrections system, now the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and the abuses and violence that have characterized these facilities from 1890 to present day. He also provided context for the cycles of reform that have taken place over the past century, but which subsequently failed to create safe institutions for California’s youth.

Daniel Macallair and CJCJ have focused on California’s youth corrections institutions since our organization’s inception. Recently, CJCJ released a report providing updated information on the state of DJJ titled Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The report finds that, despite the numerous reforms detailed in After the Doors Were Locked, California’s state youth corrections system remains plagued by increasing violence, pervasive gang culture, and deficient mental health treatment.

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement has Three New Tenure Track Faculty for Fall 2016

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is thrilled to announce the successful search and hiring of three new tenure track faculty members.  Please welcome these Professors to the PACE and SFSU family.

o26a9696César Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice Studiesin the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formally, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos. Originally from Daly City and South San Francisco, Cesar Rodriguez’ education began with his family, where he learned to pursue his education as a form of self-defense from his mother, as well as to practice reflexive criticism from his father. He has studied globalization through political economy, mass incarceration through history and geography, and culture through the disciplines of Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies. Generally, his work focuses on race, class & hegemony. In particular, he examines two prominent racial regimes in the US – the prison, and the border – as well as whiteness as a form of authoritarian populism.

o26a9772Autumn Thoyre is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formerly she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Colgate University. Her research into the politics of sustainable energy transitions focuses on energy efficiency and conservation, the “low-hanging fruit” of climate change mitigation. Using mixed methods and an expansive, critical perspective on energy efficiency and conservation, she aims to inform both academic debates about the natures and political economies of saving energy as well as policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and inequalities. As a Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her research into the politics of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs led to her completion of a Ph.D. in Geography. During her master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, she worked with colleagues from over forty countries to analyze environmental politics through interdisciplinary lenses. Emphasizing sustainability and social justice, she has taught courses in environmental policy, environmental conservation, energy politics, water politics, reproductive politics, human geography, and research methods.

dilara-yarbroughDilara Yarbrough
 is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Yarbrough was drawn to PACE because of the college’s emphasis on social justice and service learning. Her research focuses on gender, race and criminalized work in the production of marginality. She is particularly interested in how the experiences of sex workers, transgender people, and people experiencing homelessness illuminate the workings of systems that manage poverty. Her current book project draws on interviews and ethnography with people who have been homeless and worked in the sex trade to compare the effects of three different governmental responses to poverty: Criminalization, medicalization and harm reduction. Her other projects include a participatory action research study of the effects of the criminalization of homelessness in San Francisco and a study of transgender organizing against state violence in Istanbul, Turkey.