Community Engagement through Activism

The Community Empowerment Activists (CEA) program develops critically engaged students through internships with grassroots, advocacy, and base-building organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students learn leadership skills for social justice through hands-on practice at their host organizations, ongoing class meetings, building with community leaders, and professional development workshops. Social justice starts at the local […]

Now More Than Ever

This week we hear from two people who knew the Center’s founder, Leo T. McCarthy. One is Trish Fontana, a former intern who in turn, managed the Lt. Governor’s interns and has gone on to a long career in state government. The other is Star Plaxton Moore, an early staff member of the Center, now […]

Internship Insights

The McCarthy Center’s annual “Power Breakfast“ is almost here! This is a celebration of the achievements of USF students who have interned in the world of public service. Our McCarthy Fellows serve in all levels of government and advocacy from Washington, D.C. to Sacramento to San Francisco! On November 8, a few of these McCarthy […]

‘America Reads’ in the Western Addition

The 22-year old program, America Reads at USF relocated this past year under the McCarthy Center’s Engage San Francisco. The Federal Work Study program that trains students to be tutors in elementary schools in the subject areas of reading and mathematics places USF student tutors in elementary school classes in the nearby Western Addition neighborhood. […]

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 […]

Celebrating Innovative Partnerships

The McCarthy Center and Engage San Francisco will be celebrating the 2019 Community Partnership Innovation Fund (CPIF) recipients on April 4, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at the African American Art & Culture Complex! Members of the wider McCarthy Center Community are invited to join us in commemoration. This evening will be an opportunity for USF faculty, staff, […]