Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Today more than ever, the world needs future leaders who think critically and respond compassionately. Support the next generation!
The Leo T. McCarthy Center provides the education and real world experience that University of San Francisco students need to engage in principled public policy and purposeful change. Join us in preparing the next generation of ethical leaders and the programs that serve them!
The McCarthy Center and the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement have partnered with the Andrew Goodman Foundation to reach a goal of 100% voter participation on campus. In the first six months our initiative registered 1,000 new voters and in February, USF joined the top 10 colleges and universities in the country running student voter drives via TurboVote. By the end of the academic year, USF registered 1,429 students!
We enrolled 17 new students in the PSCE Minor and had seven faculty Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Fellows, with 50+ faculty and community partners participating in professional development workshops. Number of student service-learners rose to 1,971.
Crystal Vega, Urban Studies and Critical Diversity Studies ’18, was awarded this year’s Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Award. This award is presented to the graduating senior who has worked to promote social justice through public service to create a more humane and just world.
Engage San Francisco helped organize and host USF’s Alumni Action Day for an afternoon of gardening and beautification of the nearby Buchanan Mall. USF alumni, students, and community volunteers worked in partnership with Citizen Film, Community Grows, SF Recreation and Parks, The Success Center SF, and the Rosa Parks Senior Center.
This May, a kick-off reception in Sacramento for the 2019 Leo T. McCarthy Award and our McCarthy Fellows brought together representatives of California legislative offices, state agencies, USF alumni and a new cohort of fellows.
Hana Böttger, Associate Professor of Architecture and Community Design was awarded USF’s 2018 Faculty Service-Learning Award for multiple innovative community-engaged learning courses including an interdisciplinary summer immersion with Nicaraguan community partner, ViviendasLeon.
Delvin Hodges and Laura Flores, two recent participants in the McCarthy Center’s USF in DC Program, were finalists in the National Media Scholars Competition.
In February, the McCarthy Center kicked oﬀ the inaugural season of a new speakers series, Conversations for the Common Good, co-presented by news organization, POLITICO. Conversations is a signature series bringing local, regional and national ﬁgures to share visions and challenges to the common good. This year we invited six leading candidates for California’s 2018 gubernatorial election.
This past November, the McCarthy Center celebrated its 15th Anniversary at the Merchants Exchange Club where Mayor Art Agnos was honored with the inaugural Leo T. McCarthy Award presented by the McCarthy family and joined by House Democratic Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in front of 300 supporters and donors.
Director Dave Donahue and Director of Community-Engaged Learning Star Plaxton-Moore have co-authored, Companion to Community-Engaged Learning: What You Need To Know for Transformative Learning and Real Social Change, to prepare students for authentic relationships, and transformative outcomes through community engaged learning.
Our graduate students participated in internships and service-learning opportunities including:
Fourteen graduate students successfully presented their capstone thesis, culminating their research and analytical papers on topics including: welfare reform, homelessness, basic income, and racial equity.