A Transformational Experience

Dear McCarthy Center Family, Hello from a longtime McCarthy Center friend!  My name is Andrea Wise, and I am a proud Leo T. McCarthy Center alum and former staffer. I currently work across the Bay (well, for now from my Inner Richmond apartment) at UC Berkeley as the Associate Director of the Public Service Center,…

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An Embodiment of our Values

(Interview reprinted from USF News 10/07/20.) As a McCarthy Center Community Empowered Activist (CEA), Evelyn Fernandez Pedraza ’21 embodies the university’s core values as a dedicated social justice advocate. In addition to majoring in Sociology and minoring in Public Service and Community Engagement, she’s also been an Esther Madriz Diversity Scholar (EMDS), a Resident Advisor,…

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A Transformational Experience

Dear McCarthy Center Family, Hello from a longtime McCarthy Center friend!  My name is Andrea Wise, and I am a proud Leo T. McCarthy Center alum and former staffer. I currently work across the Bay (well, for now from my Inner Richmond apartment) at UC Berkeley as the Associate Director of the Public Service Center,…

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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…

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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…

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Our Best of Student Success

When you think about the best of USF and the best of student leadership and service, it’s impossible NOT to think about the McCarthy Center. Join us at BOSS – the Best of Student Success – on Friday, October 18 from noon to 2:30 at the McLaren Center. BOSS is part of Celebrate USF, a…

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Holstein scholars

Congratulating Our Holstein Scholars

Please congratulate our three Holstein Scholarsfor the 2018-19 school year who demonstrate a commitment to public service, scholarship, and public policy-making programs for the common good. Pascal Boctor, ‘19 – International Studies, minor Middle East Studies Pascal Boctor is a Junior majoring in International Studies. He was raised in Egypt as a Christian in a…

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We Weren’t Born to Follow

Trish Fontana was a former staffer for Leo T. McCarthy.  She has also worked for two California Lt. Governors, two Governors, two First Ladies and two State Senators. She continues to work in the State Capitol, currently for Senator Richard D. Roth, a retired Major Air Force General who represents Riverside. This past weekend, I…

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