PACE Program Updates

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

students at commencement

Exciting Updates from PACE's Programs

Criminal Justice Studies 

Environmental Studies

Gerontology

Public Administration

Urban Studies & Planning

Faculty Accomplishments

Criminal Justice Studies Program

Criminal Justice Studies (CJS), which has always been a popular major, has expanded over the past several years. We continue to teach nearly 1,000 students — both CJS majors and minors. Given this student volume, we have been fortunate to increase our number of faculty. We have gained five new tenure-track faculty members, increasing our count from three to eight. 
 
Faculty continue to provide our students with practical and scholarly experience to better understand crime, law and justice systems.  Assistant Professor Cesar ché  Rodriguez and Assistant Professor Dilara Yarbrough developed a new course titled Alternatives to Criminalization, and new faculty member, Assistant Professor Carina Gallo, took students to visit San Quentin and Santa Rita Jail. PACE Director and Associate Professor Elizabeth Brown and Assistant Professor George Barganier published a book with UC Press oriented towards the student audience titled “Race and Crime: Geographies of Injustice.” Associate Professor Jeffrey Snipes has been working to augment the curriculum with hybrid and online curricular offerings.  
 
Our students are doing amazing work across the city. Helen Morales was recently hired at Cameo House, working with mothers and their children in an alternative sentencing program. Gino Rodriguez serves as a reentry case worker for youth returning from correctional facility or out of home placement and is highly regarded by judges, attorneys and probation staff. Marc Morales is working for the detention diversion advocacy program expediting releases of young people from Juvenile Hall. Other alumni are also likely in great positions. Update us on your accomplishments!
 
Longstanding faculty member Ken Walsh continues to “wow” incoming students, contributing in larger part to the growth in students wanting to be our majors. Please be on the lookout for a future event in honor of Ken Walsh’s service to the program! 

Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies (ENVS) students Miriam Palma, Jack Steinmann, Lauren Wimsatt, Manual Beltran and Monica DiLullo led a successful campaign to create a permanent Food Distribution Center on campus to help the estimated 46.8 percent of SF State students facing food insecurity. Steinmann and Wimsatt also strengthened the network of student environmental organizations by helping to create a new forum for student environmental affairs: the Associated Students Sustainability Assembly.  
 
The ENVS program welcomed its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Aritree Samanta, who has been teaching Introduction to ENVS and Research Methods, and is developing a new course in climate change adaptation; her research centers on collaborative approaches to urban and environmental governance and adaptive management. Assistant Professor Autumn Thoyre received SF State’s Presidential Award for Professional Development to expand her research into energy-saving policies and practices. Both Samanta and Thoyre have secured grants to add service learning projects to their courses in the coming year.  
 
Finally, we are grateful to philanthropist Don Feliz, who increased his involvement with the program this past fall by meeting with ENVS professors and Feliz winners, and by making another substantial contribution to the George Feliz Scholarship. 

Gerontology Program

Alumnus Martin C. Blanco (M.A. Gerontology, ’17) and Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar presented a poster on “OMH Health Equity Fellowship: RHEC IX Elderly Health Disparities Project” at the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit, held July 16-17, 2018, in Washington, DC. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health launched a Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) Program during Summer 2016. As part of this program, the Regional Health Equity Council in Region IX (RHEC IX) partnered with SF State’s Gerontology Program to conduct a comprehensive literature analysis on elderly health disparities and to produce an annotated bibliography of key peer reviewed articles, audiovisual resources and data websites. An executive summary was drawn from this annotated bibliography and directed to relevant funding agencies and legislators with recommendations for their consideration and implementation in Region IX (Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and the Islands: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau).  
 
The first San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services (DAAS) Community Training & SF State Gerontology Program’s Silver Lining Lecture, “Aging, Health and Wellness in San Francisco,” was held on September 28, 2018. The sold-out event drew more than 125 guests. Attendees listened to the inspirational keynote speech of State Senator  Scott Wiener, Gerontology’s 2018 SF State Long-Term Care Advocate Award recipient, and learned of his legislative agenda for seniors. Gerontology Advisory Council President and alumnus Tom Berry (M.A., Gerontology, ’05) then introduced the panel of distinguished speakers. Yee-Melichar spoke about “Developing Gerontology Workforce Competency to Promote Healthy Aging and Long-Term Care.”  Valerie Coleman  of DAAS spoke about “Ensuring an Age and Disability Friendly San Francisco” and  Gwen Harris  of Seniors at Home provided information and training on “Palliative Care and Quality of Life.” 
 
Professor Emeritus of Gerontology  Brian de Vries  commented on how LGBT individuals are dealing with end-of-life issue and was featured in Next Avenue  and EDGE Media Network.  
 
Yujin Jeong came to SF State as a Fulbright Graduate Student and graduated with the M.A. in gerontology during May 2018. She was accepted for admission to the Ph.D. in gerontology program at the University of Southern California for Fall 2018. Congratulations, Yujin! 

Public Administration Program

Graduates of the Master’s in Public Administration program continue to impress civic leaders across the Bay Area. Last year, we had the opportunity to engage some of our notable alumni and lean on their expertise in a series of career panels.  
Two notable alumni of the program include Juslyn Manalo (MPA ’14), mayor of Daly City, who is the first Filipino woman to hold this position, and Shamann Walton (MPA ’10), member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 10. Manalo and Walton participated along with Alex Randolph (MPA ’12), Board of Trustees for City College of San Francisco, and Amy Farah Weiss, (MPA, ’10), founder/director, Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, in a panel hosted on careers in public office.   
John Baker  (MPA, ’12) , regulatory analyst, California Public Utilities Commission,  Robin Havens , (MPA, ’13) , implementation director, SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development,  Anissa B.-Villarreal,  (MPA, ’15),  policy director, Alameda County Social Services Agency, and  Brian Wiedenmeier, (MPA, ’14), executive director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, shared insights and experiences on a panel about careers in public policy and civic engagement.   
 
Chris Rosenlund  (MPA, ’12),  assistant regional commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  Charles MacNulty  (MPA, ’13),  program development and data specialist, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development,  Najeeb Kamil  (MPA, ’15) , senior human services analyst, Human Services Department of Santa Cruz County, and  Adrian Miu, (MPA, ’17),  space and operations analyst, University of California, San Francisco, shared their insights on a panel about data analysis careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.    
 
In October, Jennifer Johnston, vice president and municipal bond research analyst, Franklin Templeton Investments, Andrew Ward (MPA, '11), director and western region manager, Fitch Ratings, Jason Pollack, vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, and Andrew Porges, director, Assured Guaranty, presented on a panel about the California Society of Municipal Analysts.   
 
Current students also have demonstrated the acumen of the MPA student body. Brian Cauley and a team of four other students from four different universities took part in a fast-paced, computer-based competitive game at San Jose State University to see which team could best halt the spread of a global pandemic. Cauley’s team came in first place, outcompeting 130 other teams! To read more about this story, click here.  

Urban Studies and Planning Program

Our Urban Studies & Planning (USP) students make us proud: Marina Chavez, current senior in the program, will be presenting her research on homeless encampments along the Sacramento River at the Western Regional Social Sciences Association Conference this April. Three USP students landed internship placements with local nonprofits concentrating on Bay Area housing, including Diego Castro, who worked with Eden Housing, Hermandeep Kaur, who worked with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Emmanual Ulluoa, who worked with MidPen Housing Internship Program of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California.   
 
We also continue to publish Urban Action: A Journal of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, which is entirely edited, produced and published by our current students. Current and back issues will soon be archived at the PACE website, so please stayed tuned to view the work of our students.   
 
Faculty member Tony Sparks was recently awarded tenure and promotion and is now associate professor of urban studies and planning. He was recently appointed to co-direct the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship. Professor Ayse Pamuk was appointed director of the PACE Center on Affordable Housing and Research. Professor Raquel Pinderhughes was recently elected to be the PACE departmental representative to the California Faculty Association. And Associate Professor Jasper Rubin, who now serves as the USP program coordinator, recently published a new edition of his book, “A Negotiated Landscape,” about the transformation of the San Francisco Waterfront. 

 

Faculty Accomplishments

Associate Professor Elizabeth Brown and Assistant Professor George Barganier published their book, “Race and Crime: Geographies of Injustice,” in October 2018 with UC Press. “Race and Crime” explores how the historical projects of colonialism, race-making and geographical conquest worked together to create the conditions for the emergence of racialized mass incarceration.   
 
Assistant Professor Carina Gallo presented a paper in October 2018 on alternatives to punitive victim-centered policies and services at the first academic conference held inside a prison. The panels presented both incarcerated students and scholars together in one place.   
 
Associate Professor Sheldon Gen and alumna Erika Luger (MPA, ’09) published their analysis of public outreach by a San Francisco public agency in ”The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government.” Gen and Luger’s chapter, “Does mode of public outreach matter?,” empirically demonstrates how sticking to just a few modes of outreach — such as the overused and under-attended public hearing — can bias public input toward the interests of specific demographic segments of a community. Their research was supported by a contract with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. 
 
Lecturer Mary Juno presented a paper at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February 2018 in Seattle, Washington, titled “Minimum Education Requirements for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI).” Her research examined education requirements for police and sheriff CSI positions, and plans to follow this up with research on quality control and assurance measures at crime scenes to test whether there is a connection between the requirements, quality control measures and crime scene error.   
 
Assistant Professor César ché Rodríguez consulted with the Public Health Justice Collective, a group of public health professionals, educators and graduate students to author a statement on law enforcement violence, titled “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue”. It was adopted by the American Public Health Association in November 2018.  
 
Associate Professor Jeff Snipes and colleagues at Arizona State University published “The Effects of Procedural Justice on Civil Disobedience: Evidence from Protestors in Three Cities” in the Jan/Feb (2019) edition of the Journal of Crime and Justice. Based on surveys of Occupy protestors in Oakland, Washington D.C. and New York, the officers found that perceptions and experiences with procedural justice/injustice is influential in explaining attitudes toward civil obedience and models of protest behavior vary significantly across protest sites. 
 
Professor Genie Stowers is continuing her work on urban service delivery systems, focusing on 311 service request systems across US cities. This follows the publication of “Managing The Sustainable City,” a textbook for urban administration classes.