PACE News & Events

PACE Graduation Events

Congrats to our 2014-2015 graduates! Each PACE department will be having its own individual event to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduating class. For details, see below or check your department's website.

Criminal Justice Studies

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 6-9pm

Patio Español - 2850 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco

Environmental Studies

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 9-11am

Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SF State

Public Administration

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 6-8pm

Downtown Campus, Room 609

835 Market Street, San Francisco

Urban Studies & Planning

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 5:30-8:30pm

Towers Conference Center, SF State

Planning, Policymaking, and Protest

Saturday, May 2nd, 11am-1pm, SFSU Downtown Campus, Room 677

We invite you to attend this panel discussion on strategies in the fight against displacement. Hear from advocates on the front lines of the struggle to preserve and build affordable housing in the Bay Area as they discuss various approaches to mitigating the negative impacts of gentrification, what challenges they face, and how they see the road ahead.

New PACE Mission Statement

PACE is a collaborative interdisciplinary unit of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Criminal Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world. Building on an ethos of social justice and sustainability, faculty prepare PACE graduates with the critical and analytical skills necessary to understand and address the issues and challenges of the twenty-first century.   

Ferguson, Police Violence, & Human Rights

From Ferguson to Geneva: Police Violence in America is a Human Rigts Issue: Friday, February 27th, 6:30pm in HSS 154.

Assistant Professor of Law at St Louis University, Justin Hansford's work incorporates legal ethics, critical race theory, human rights, and the Global Justice Movement in a broader attempt to interrogate injustice in society. He is the co-author of the "United Nations Shadow Report on the Shooting of Michael Brown and the Ensuing Police Violence Against Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri" and headed the delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, where Michael Brown's parents presented their case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Over the last several months, Professor Hansford has been tear gassed and arrested as a legal observer and active protester in Ferguson. PACE invites you to come hear Professor Hansford discuss his experiences in Ferguson and Geneva and the search for legal policy solutions to systematic racialized state violence. 

Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government

Saturday, March 7, 11am-1pm, SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market St, room 677

Hear from seasoned change-makers who have had the unique opportunity to fight for social policy reforms from both the inside and the outside of public systems. They will discuss what types of changes are best achieved from which vantage point - legislatures, advocacy organizations, government administrations, philanthropic organizations, and grassroots organized constituencies. Click here for information on panelists.

Youth Justice Mentoring Program

This mentoring program that many Criminal Justice majors take part in is featured in the campus news. Read the article here: Students help incarcerated youth work towards brighter futures.

School of PACE Civic Lecture Series Kicks Off October 16

Bill McKibben is coming to SF State

The first School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Civic Lecture Series welcomes Bill McKibben, co-founder of, who will be speaking on Thursday, October 16th, 2:00pm in McKenna Theater. Break-out sessions will follow. Come get inspired to be part of the climate movement! There will also be a Climate Action Forum Film Series with a film each day that week. 


Congratulations on Tenure and Promotion!

Professors Glenn Fieldman (ENVS) and Jennifer Shea (PA) were both promoted to Associate Professor and tenured effective Fall 2014. We celebrated with cake at the Fall 2014 PACE Faculty Retreat. The recognition is well-deserved!

Jennifer Shea and Glenn Fieldman with congratulations cake at fall faculty retreat.