To our Friends and Partners

Dear McCarthy Center Friends and Partners, This moment in time is a true test of our authenticity as an institution committed to the public good.  With rapidly changing national, state, local, and institutional policies designed to contain the pandemic, there is real danger that our connections to each other will diminish. In this context, we […]

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 […]

Hip Hop Immersion

Over the holiday break, McCarthy Center Community-Engaged Learning Program Manager, Jackie Ramos, joined Dr. Stephanie Sears, Director, Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars (EMDS) Living-Learning Program, and Dr. Kathleen Coll of the USF Politics Department and this year’s EMDS cohort for their annual intersession immersion. They facilitated an unforgettable trip to New York and Washington, DC with […]

Meet our USF in DC Fellows

We are proud to introduce this semester’s USF in DC cohort! USF in DC is a semester-long program in Washington, D.C. that integrates a full-time internship with relevant coursework taught by USF faculty and University of California Washington Program (UC DC) faculty.The USF in DC program continues to grow and the talented McCarthy Fellows continue […]

Nominate the Next McCarthy Award Recipient

Call for Nominations – 2021 Leo T. McCarthy Award for Public Service The Leo T. McCarthy Award for Public Service is named after the Center’s founder and former California State Assembly speaker and lieutenant governor, Leo Tarcisius McCarthy. Known as a champion of justice, he founded USF’s McCarthy Center to prepare the next generation of […]

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 […]