My Unexpected Journey

This week’s blog comes to us from the McCarthy Center’s new Americorps VISTA, Thea Karakalos! We’re excited for what her skill set and personal experience will bring to the position as she completes her Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs here at USF! My name is Thea Karakalos, and I am the […]

100 years since the 19th Ammendment

Earlier this week, on August 18, we celebrated the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Our road to women’s suffrage was hard-won, but also complicated and deeply flawed. As White women like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton marched the streets with banners […]

‘Ellis Act’ Evictions and the Mission

Part of the graduating class of the MA Urban and Public Affairs program, Zachary James ’20 completed his capstone on the issue of Ellis Act evictions. In this week’s blog he explains his premise for his research and his wider interest in housing issues in the Bay Area. During my time in the Urban and […]

Securing the Common Good

Securing the Common Good, Not for One but for All Ayah Mouhktar ‘18 shares some advice for incoming students and reflects in this week’s blog on what it means to serve the San Francisco community and work with youth who are raised in similar conditions as herself. Ayah is an alumnus of the McCarthy Center’s […]

Our Commitment to an Anti-Racist Center

To our students, community partners, and colleagues We have been grieving and feeling outrage at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, members in our local community: Alex Nieto, Mario Woods, Jessica Williams, Kenneth Harding, and Sean Monterrosa, and those named and unnamed, who are victims of anti-Blackness and […]

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 […]

“Code on Point” at Success Centers

In this week’s blog, our outgoing VISTA Community Liaison, Sudeepto Chakraborty, recounts his experience of working with the Success Centers SF, a leader throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for education, employment and art programs. With his research and development hat on, Sudeepto speaks to the challenges of working with the Education, Employment & Training […]