A few spots left! Graduate Program in Urban Affairs at the University of San Francisco

California Studies Colleagues: If you were inspired by the interdisciplinary approach of our California on Fire conference in April, please share this announcement with those who may be interested in a similar approach to learning and understanding the challenges facing California.
From CSA Chair Rachel Brahinsky comes this announcement about the Graduate Program in Urban Affairs at her university:
Greetings: We have room for just a few more fantastic students to join the Fall 2014 cohort of our MA program in Urban Affairs at the University of San Francisco. I’m writing to encourage you to share this email with aspiring urbanists who may be interested in diving in for further studies, now or in the future.
This is an interdisciplinary two-year program, with a strong emphasis on community-based research in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program combines rigorous academics with an internship and applied research. Community-engaged projects will contribute to and benefit from the vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area, while encouraging students to reflect on their role as global urban citizens.
Please follow this link to our website for more information.  And please encourage students to write me with any questions they may have (rbrahinsky (at) usfca.edu.
We will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.  Thanks so much for spreading the word!

Tomas Summers Sandoval at University of San Francisco: March 18

One more chance to catch Tomas Summers Sandoval in the Bay Area… March 18 at the University of San Francisco.

Lecture/presentation by Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr., associate professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies and history at Pomona College. Dr. Sandoval will present on his recent book Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco. This event is sponsored by USF’s Graduate Program in Urban Affairs, based in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Light snacks provided.

Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7-9pm
Masonic Building  (Corner of Turk and Masonic), Room 228

About the book: Born in an explosive boom and built through distinct economic networks, San Francisco has a cosmopolitan character that often masks the challenges migrants faced to create community in the city by the bay. Latin American migrants have been part of the city’s story since its beginning. Charting the development of a hybrid Latino identity forged through struggle–latinidad–from the Gold Rush through the civil rights era, Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr. chronicles the rise of San Francisco’s diverse community of Latin American migrants.

This latinidad, Summers Sandoval shows, was formed and made visible on college campuses and in churches, neighborhoods, movements for change, youth groups, protests, the Spanish-language press, and business districts. Using diverse archival sources, Summers Sandoval gives readers a panoramic perspective on the transformation of a multinational, multigenerational population into a visible, cohesive, and diverse community that today is a major force for social and political activism and cultural production in California and beyond.


New Master of Arts in Urban Affairs in San Francisco



California Studies folks: There’s a great new MA program starting this fall at the University of San Francisco. Although the priority deadline has passed, USF is still recruiting for students to join the inaugural cohort; admissions will be rolling through the summer.  The fall term begins in August.

This is a two-year interdisciplinary masters with an emphasis on urban social justice. The program combines rigorous academics with an internship and applied research; community-engaged projects will contribute to and benefit from the vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. See below for links to the program website.

The program is housed in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, which has this to say about the new MA:

The MA in Urban Affairs Program is ideal for students who wish to become specialists in analyzing the challenges of 21st Century urbanism. The program leverages the advantages of its unique location in the San Francisco Bay Area – one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. Students have opportunities to develop practical research skills from extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area cities.

The program includes:

  • Core courses in urban studies, public policy, and research methods
  • Elective courses offered by prominent practitioners in the field
  • An innovative community-based research requirement, which gives students direct experience in conducting applied urban research, analyzing policy alternatives and working with community-based organizations
  • capstone project and internship, where students develop expertise in particular areas of urban policy while building personal and career networks

More information is available on the USF website.