Designing Our Vision of Justice

Last month, a newly formed Mural Design committee gathered for the McCarthy Center’s first in-person meeting since the Center closed in Spring of 2019. The committee made up of Center students, community partners, staff and faculty, were tasked with conceptualizing a full wall-sized mural to be installed in the Masonic Building Office #103. Precita Eyes…

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Supporting Year-Round Literacy

Throughout this month, we have highlighted our summer learning partnerships in the USF/ Heart To Heart/ Mo’MAGIC Summer Literacy program and the Summer Academy Program. In this week’s blog, we hear from our Director of Engage San Francisco, Karin Cotterman, about the literacy initiative our Center works on year round. Since its formal launch in…

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Re-Engaging for the Fall

In this week’s blog, we continue to celebrate National Summer Learning Week with a post from the Summer Academy Program (SAP) Program Director, Imène Ghernati and student teachers from Catholic and private independent schools.  SAP is a 4 week summer program for 6-8 graders, created as partnership between USF’s School of Education  and Gateway Public…

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Empowering Youth through Literacy

Since its launch in 2014, Engage San Francisco has focused on building meaningful relationships with individuals, schools, nonprofits, and service providers in the Western Addition/Fillmore neighborhood. One consistent aspect of our work has been our literacy efforts. In partnership with the School of Education, we have continued to develop our shared, long-term vision to provide year-round literacy and learning support in…

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Respecting Our Environment and Each Other

In this week’s blog, Community Empowerment Activist, Aisha Williamson-Raun, reflects on her experience as a CEA in a virtual setting. For the CEA class final project, students were asked to think of ways to “Reimagine a Just World”. Read on to learn how Aisha used both experiences in her life and internship experience as a…

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Meet our 2021 McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento

Our 2021 McCarthy Fellows in Sacramento have begun their full time internships, helping to make a difference from California’s Capitol! This summer, seven students will be experiencing  policymaking and advocacy in our California state capitol in organizations and, Assemblymember and State Senate offices. Meet our 2021 Cohort and check out their placements! Aaron Fontan ’23,…

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Driven By a Constant Pursuit of Equity

In May, our Engage San Francisco Literacy Coordinator, Dresden Smith, graduated with her Master’s in Higher Education. Her thesis, Dual Pandemics: Implications for the Black Athlete, looks at how the pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement impacted the way Black college athletes activism in 2020. Dresden was also recently named a…

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Seeking Justice Through Journalism

This week’s blog is a reprint from the May ’21 issue of the USF Magazine. Former Sarlo Scholar, Lucas Waldron ’13, is another McCarthy Center alum named on USF’s 30 Under 30 list!  As a part of our Global Sarlo program, Lucas traveled to Bolivia to work on community-based sustainable development projects abroad. Read on…

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