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This series explores and celebrates unique aspects of some of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, including the Tenderloin, Mission, Western Addition, Bayview, and Chinatown. Participants will learn about neighborhood histories, demographics, assets, dilemmas and opportunities from a panel of local historians, community activists, service providers, and USF faculty. Engage in dialogue around timely issues and enduring themes that shape and complicate our perceptions of, and relationships with, our community.

Goals of the series:

  • Illuminate the unique and rich histories, demographics, assets, dilemmas and opportunities of San Francisco neighborhoods
  • Bring together students, faculty, community members, and service providers to discuss prevalent community issues and themes
  • Generate connections between event participants that will lead to sustainable and beneficial collaborations between the university and community

This event series serves as a response, through the lens of public service and community engagement, to Rebecca Solnit’s 2010 publication (and USF’s required first year reading), Infinite City, a multilayered thematic examination of the geography of San Francisco.

More events coming in Fall 2012. Please check back for details.

Past Events

Infinite San Francisco: Chinatown

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12 PM - 2:30 PM
University of San Francisco campus, McLaren 250 

Chinatown event panelists: Kevin Chun, Professor of Psychology and Co-Founder of Asian American Studies, USF; Rev. Norman Fong, Deputy Director, Chinatown Community Development Center; Jenny Lam, Director of Community Initiatives, Chinese for Affirmative Action; Sue Lee, Executive Director, Chinese Historical Society of America; Carlos Serrano-Quan, Executive Director, Chinese Newcomers Service Center.
Moderator: Dawn Lee-Tu, Director of Cultural Centers, USF

Watch the discussion on youtube.

Infinite San Francisco: Western Addition

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12-2:30 PM
University of San Francisco campus, McLaren 250 

Western Addition event panelists: Karen Kai, Community Activist, Japantown, Ryan Kimura, Director of Programs and Community Relations, Japanese Cultural and Community Center, Michael O’Connor, Owner, The Independent, Carol O’Gilvie, President, Charles A. Tindley Academy of Music, Tanu Sankalia, Assistant Professor of Art + Architecture, USF, Jerry Trotter, Director of Programs, Booker T. Washington Community Service Center.
Moderator: Noah Borrero, Associate Professor, Teacher Education, USF

The panel focused the discussion on the relationship between the adjacent Japanese and African American communities, and their historical oscillation between interdependence and competition in response to San Francisco’s fluctuating political and social climate. Specific attention was paid to the current situation of Black outmigration from the neighborhood (and city).

Infinite San Francisco: Tenderloin

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
University of San Francisco campus, McLaren 250 

Tenderloin event panelists: Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness, Evelyn Y. Ho, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at USF, Rev. Glenda Hope, Executive Director of Network Ministries, Kimberly Pirring, Former DeMarillac Academy Student and Current USF undergraduate, Don Stannard-Friel, Tenderloin Historian and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Notre Dame DeNamur University.
Moderator: Christine Yeh, Professor, School of Education, USF

Conversations centered around historical, political, and cultural conditions that have led to housing disparities in the neighborhood. Further discussion illuminated the social fabric of the community, which was described as a tapestry of multifaceted and extensive relationships between residents, service providers, and business owners. 

A follow-up lunch conversation was hosted by the St. Anthony Foundation in Spring 2012. The purpose of the follow-up event was to facilitate networking and thoughtful reflection on campus-community partnerships, including conversations about expectations, student preparation for service and authentic partnerships.