Tenant’s Rights — a Just Cause

Kiana Martinez, Community Empowerment Activist, Sociology ’20 During the 2018-2019 academic year at USF, I have had the opportunity to work with, Causa Justa Just Cause (CJJC), a Bay Area grassroots organization based in the SoMa district that works to build community leadership in the fight for housing and racial justice. Working at the CJJC […]

Building Communities Organically

photo: Community Grows on Instagram  Addressing the needs of a community can take many forms, and sometimes when we dig a little below the surface, we get to the roots. This holds true for Community Grows, a non-profit in the Western Addition, whose mission is “to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse […]

Growing Community Connections

In the McCarthy Center’s publication Profiles in Community-Engaged Learning, the work of faculty and community partners are highlighted. Community-Engaged Learning fulfils the public purpose of higher education. At the University of San Francisco, we offer approximately 70 undergrad and at least a dozen grad community engaged courses each year. In other words, USF faculty are […]

Project Amplify: Mixing arts, hip-hop and poetry

by Reyna Brown, Performing Arts & Social Justice, Peace and Justice Studies, ’19, and Ebony Azumah, Politics, African American History, ’19 Throughout our last 3 years at the University of San Francisco, we learned an immense amount about the ills of our country, specifically in relation to our Black community. We delved into the history of African Americans, critically […]

Congrats to our 2017-18 Award-Winners!

As the end of the school year draws nearer, we reflect on all the people who have helped to advance our mission. Our 2017-18 awards recognize emerging leaders and influential community partners that value public service and the common good.  Please join us in congratulating them! Crystal Vega, ’18 2018 Leo T. McCarthy Award for Public Service This award […]

Join our April Day of Action

Tamara Walker is the Outreach Manager for the Buchanan Mall Initiative at Citizen Film, a non-profit documentary media organization and an Engage San Francisco community partner, based in the Western Addition. On Saturday, April 14th, Citizen Film, Community Grows, the Rosa Parks Senior Center and a team of neighborhood volunteers will be rolling up our […]

Planting Seeds of Change Together

Melissa Tang, Director of Programs, CommunityGrows As San Francisco is dealing with the consequences of unequal economic growth and gentrification, there is a greater need for communities to band together in solidarity.   I work for CommunityGrows, a small grassroots youth development organization grown out of the needs of residents from the Western Addition.  Twenty-three […]