Reflections of a Director

After five years with the McCarthy Center, outgoing Senior Director Dave Donahue reflects on the evolution of the Center’s programs and his thoughts on reaching the current moments in our society. Five years in the McCarthy Center. And what five years!  When I started the job in the fall of 2015, no one would have […]

Designing Amidst a Pandemic

In a recent Medium post transcribed here, USF Professor in Design, Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, relays a message to her students on her Fall 2020 syallabus: Living Learning Designing through Multiple Pandemics. Dear Students enrolled in my Design courses this Fall, It’s a scary, exciting and crucial time for us to learn remotely. I cannot think […]

Environmental Justice in Climate Change

Recent Urban and Public Affairs graduate, Justin Pearson (’20) reflects on his journey of centering his capstone research and thesis on thesis on environmental justice and colonialism in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, beginning from his native Jamaican perspective. He credits his work to his broad-thinking, multi-disciplinary capstone advisors and the Schmidt Family Foundation for its support […]

Transit Justice for All

Community Empowerment Activist (CEA) Isabel Tayag writes in this week’s blog on the issue of Transit Justice. Through her work with the South of Market Community Action Network, she details her experience in advocacy and organizing for collective benefit, especially those most vulnerable. This past year I was honored to work on a Transit Justice […]

Census and the Coronavirus

Urban and Public Affairs graduate student Tyler (’21) concludes our series on Census2020 with his guest blog post based on coursework from “The Census and Social Justice”. Tyler reacts to COVID-19 and suggests a simple solution to keep the census collection efforts, strong and robust. The coronavirus couldn’t have arrived at a worst time for […]

The Census and Transit

Ryan Powell ’21, Urban and Public Affairs (UPA) graduate student, continues our Census2020 coverage this week on how the an increased response on the census will improve infrasturcture and transit operations in communities all over the country. This blog was adapted from Ryan’s blog for the UPA class, “The Census and Social Justice”. How The […]

Voter Outreach through USFVotes

Amaya Fox ’21, blogs this week about her experience as a lead ambassador in the USFVotes program on campus. Amaya was a McCarthy Fellow in Washington, D.C., an Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador for USFVotes, and through her leadership, earned the Gold Medal Award designation from the All-In Campus Challenge by registering over 5,000 […]

We All Count

This week’s blog comes from Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, who covers the important work of SF-based PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) to do Census 2020 outreach to underserved and underrepresented populations in San Francisco. Evelyn is the recipient of Campus Compact’s Newman Scholar Award, and an Esther-Madriz Diversity Scholar, and former Community […]