Community Service Learning/Internships

Community service-learning and academic internship courses provide unique opportunities for AAS faculty and students to serve diverse Asian American communities; they have resulted in positive strides toward promoting racial equality, civic responsibility and social justice.   

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AA S 301 Students Self-Publish Works About Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage

Course Title: AAS 301 Asian Americans of Mixed Heritages

Current Professor(s): Professor Dariotis

Funding: n/a

AA S 301 is one of the only courses in the nation devoted to studying issues concerning Asian Americans of mixed racial and ethnic heritages. Taught by Dr. Wei Ming Dariotis, students have produced picture books that have been donated as a fundraiser at a Mixed Heritage and Transracial Adoptee Children’s Book Fair. Through the narratives reflected in these picture books, Asian American children of mixed racial and ethnic heritages can see themselves represented, which helps to cultivate a sense of belonging and encourages language skill development.

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AA S 323 Students Make a Difference in Local Chinese American Communities

Course Title: AA S 323 Chinese American Identities

Current Professor(s): coming soon

Funding: Instructionally Related Activities Grant

Using the social networks of the AAS department, AA S 323 students have worked in collaboration with local organizations, including the Chinese Progressive Association, NICOS, and the Community Youth Center. Students have conducted evaluations of job training programs and health outreach to help local organizations improve upon critical services and contribute to data-informed theories about how information distribution impacts both health behaviors as well as potential outcomes. In addition, students have gained fundamental research exposure by investigating the economic status of families living in single-room occupancy hotels, which has generated important insights into individual and aggregate behaviors and relationships to justify resource allocation.


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AA S 512 Students Collaborate with The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) and the SF Public Library to Highlight Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Contributions

Course Title: AA S 512 Asian American Children’s/Adolescent Literature

Current Professor(s): Lorraine Dong, Jeannie Woo

Funding: n/a

The AAS department at SF State, in collaboration with TACT and SF Public Library, strives to educate the general public about APIA cultural, historical and literary contributions to American society. AA S 512 students wrote biographical profiles of prominent APIAs that are catered toward the reading levels of children. After researching the historical streets and public spaces in San Francisco, they produced a map of “APIA Stars,” with each star representing a site on San Francisco’s map. Through this multi-collaborative approach, these students have empowered public institutions, such as the SF public library, to advocate for and engage in more cultural events to educate public audiences at a younger age. By focusing on the contributions of pioneering APIAs, the general public can learn to dismantle harmful and superficial stereotypes painted and perpetuated by the mass media.

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AA S 595 Students Conduct Refugee Needs Assessments to Raise Over $350K in Funding 

Course Title: AA S 595 Asian American Communities and Public Policy

Current Professor(s): Russell Jeung

Funding: n/a

Refugees from Burma and Bhutan, Mongolian undocumented families and Bayview Hunter’s Point residents often face post-resettlement challenges, including access to employment and healthcare. AAS 595 students work with local organizations, such as Burma Refugee Family Network (BRFN), to host health fairs and conduct needs assessments for diverse communities in the Bay Area. The results from these projects highlight the importance of ethnic heterogeneity in identifying barriers to accessing essential services, and have produced reports that have been used for strategic planning, grant writing and community education. Non-profit organizations have leveraged these findings to raise over $350,000 in funds. In addition, the results have also helped reform policies to implement more effective evidence-based interventions addressing health disparities in marginalized communities, as well as strengthen the social ties with these organizations for the continuation of these projects.

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AA S 681 Students Continue to Play an Integral Role in Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP)

Course Title: AA S 681 Asian Community Changes and Development

Current Professor(s): Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales

Funding: n/a

SF State students and Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales planted the seeds for Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) by developing a lunchtime mentoring program to address issues among Filipina/o/x American students. PEP’s mission is to develop a space where education, ethnic studies, art and community service can work in tandem to uplift Filipina/o/x Americans. AAS students volunteer as educators teaching Ethnic Studies curriculum in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) public schools at all levels of education. By promoting transformative decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy that centers the voices of Pin@ys/xys, the barangay (community), which continues to grow, nurtures future community leaders. To this day, past and present AAS students continue to play an integral role in developing and improving the Filipino American Experience course, as well as other curricula.

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Learn more about Community Service Learning and Academic Internship Courses at SF State:

Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University. ICCE offers placement opportunities with community-based organizations, internships with civic organizations, and scholarships that recognize exemplary service.

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Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Biography Project

In this project, AAS faculty and students at San Francisco State University volunteer to develop APIA biographies, curricular activities and resources. The mission of the APIA Biography Project includes educating the general public about API America with an annual APIA Heritage Month Celebration at the San Francisco Main Public Library and a resource website created especially for K-12 students and teachers.

See Where Past and Present AAS Students Have Interned and/or Volunteered:

  • ALAY/Kabataan
  • All Power to the People Archives
  • Asian American Recovery Services
  • Asian American Women Artist Association
  • Asian Health Services
  • Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center
  • Asian Youth Prevention Services
  • Babae Healthy Relationships Women’s Services
  • Bayanihan Center
  • Bill Sorro Housing Project
  • Bindlestiff Studio
  • Chinatown Public Health Center
  • Chinese Community Development Center
  • Chinese Culture Center
  • Chinese Historical Society of America
  • Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN)
  • Filipino Advocates for Jusice
  • Filipino Community Center
  • Japanese Community Youth Center
  • Japanese Culture and Community Center of Northern California
  • Korean Community Center of the East Bay
  • Liwanag Kultural Center
  • Manilatown Heritage Foundation
  • National Japanese American Historical Society
  • NICOS Health Coalition
  • Philippine Bayanihan Resource Center
  • Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP)
  • San Francisco Korean Center, Inc.
  • South East Asian Cultural Heritage and Musial Performing Arts (SEACHAMPA)
  • The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT)
  • Veterans Equity Center
  • Vietnamese Youth Development Center