Academic Partnerships

Engage San Francisco is an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community initiative that will achieve community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families in the Western Addition through student learning, research and teaching consistent with University of San Francisco’s Mission and Vision 2028. This university-wide initiative supports African American neighbors living below San Francisco’s poverty level to achieve their full potential in education, health, career development, and housing.

In support of our goal to enhance student learning and faculty research in the Jesuit tradition with key connections to the University of San Francisco’s Mission and Vision 2028, USF faculty and students partner with community members and organizations to address community-identified needs via community engaged research and learning partnerships.

Some select examples from across campus include:

  • Faculty members and students in community-engaged learning courses have partnered with the YMCA, Magic Zone and other out of school time programs to support after school programming.
  • Master in Public Health students completed community needs assessments and provided original research on the challenges of housing and service provision in the Fillmore.
  • Undergraduate students in the Martín-Baró (Professor David Holler) and Esther Madriz (Professor Stephanie Sears) Living-Learning Communities collaborated with community leaders to create the Changemakers publication.
  • Law professor and nationally recognized mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) leader Professor Rhonda Magee provided a community based MBSR training for Western Addition service providers.
  • School of Management faculty Professor Monika Hudson collaborated with community based organization Brothers for Change to publish a report on the Muni Substation at the corner of Fillmore and Turk.
  • School of Politics faculty Professor James Taylor worked with New Community Leadership Foundation on their Jamestown Commemoration project.
  • School of Management faculty Professor Roger Chen and his Executive MBA students collaborated with the Success Centers of San Francisco on strategic projects for their long-term planning.
  • First year students in the Black Achievement, Success and Engagement Program and their professors Candice Harrison and Dominique Broussard worked with community based organizations Brothers for Change, Rosa Parks Senior Center, and Hamilton Recreation Center to gather community histories.
  • Annually, School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty and students support annual health fairs and peace festivals in the Fillmore.
  • Performing Arts and Social Justice faculty Professor Christine Young and Handful Player’s staff built a pipeline to support USF student internships.
  • The African American Shakespeare Company worked with a School of Education graduate student Bria Temple to create study guides for teachers to use with children who attend their performances.

For more information contact Karin Cotterman at