Center for Community Engagement

San Francisco: Building Strong Neighborhoods to Cope with Catastrophe

San Francisco

When disaster strikes, urban neighbors are often less inclined than those living elsewhere to band together, but studies show that tightly knit communities within cities respond more effectively than others. For the past seven years, a San Francisco State team has worked to give average citizens the tools to make their communities more resilient. SFSU’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and Community Service Learning program worked with the city administrator’s director of neighborhood resilience, a SFSU alum, to support the Neighborhood Empowerment Network's Empowered Communities Program, a leadership-development program that organizes communities around neighborhood issues to address them collectively.

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CSU Northridge
CSU Northridge

Graduate students in a manufacturing systems engineering course worked with New Horizons, a nonprofit organization employing special needs individuals, to help to improve their assembly and packing process.

Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona

In a Spanish applied linguistics course, students pursue Spanish linguistics in the community through translation and community service.

San Diego State University
San Diego State University

As part of the SDSU Common Experience on food in spring 2015, graduate sociology practicum students researched the working conditions of restaurant employees.

San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University

When disaster strikes, urban neighbors are often less inclined than those living elsewhere to band together, but studies show that tightly knit communities within cities respond more effectively than others.

San José State University
San José State University

Restore Coyote Creek became a leading cross-disciplinary initiative involving faculty and students in issues along one of the county’s critical waterways.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dr. Kevin Taylor, Chair of Kinesiology and disability sports expert, received the Learn by Doing Scholar award for his work developing the Activity4All program, in which students collaborate in designing equipment to enable physical activity for people with disabilities.