Help Us Plant Seeds for Innovative, Socially Engaged Projects

Community-University Empowerment Seedling

Help Us Plant Seeds for Innovative, Socially Engaged Projects!

Make a Donation to the CUE Fund

The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University established the Community-University Empowerment (CUE) Fund to provide seed grants to innovative, socially engaged projects that improve conditions and the quality of life for communities of color.

The Community-University Empowerment projects, which leverage the expertise of faculty, the passion of student scholars, and the experiences of community partners, increase awareness on issues impacting communities of color that are often rendered invisible in mainstream media and help communities inform policy changes and design or implement solutions.

In addition to empowering communities in relevant and meaningful ways, the Community-University Empowerment projects enable faculty to apply their research and develop case studies for teaching and provide student scholars with opportunities to practice their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The experience that students gain in Community-University Empowerment projects embolden them to become change agents in their personal lives and future professions as well as influence their aspirations of pursuing graduate degrees in education, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and social work.

Nurturing a culture of socially conscious research across the University and in our communities is a core value of the College of Ethnic Studies which was founded nearly fifty years ago on principles of community based research and teaching, student leadership and activism, and the self-determination of communities of color.


All the seed grants are funded entirely by donations to the CUE Fund from alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the College of Ethnic Studies.

With your generous support, we can grow the number of collaborative projects that have an impact on our communities of color and increase the number of students who gain invaluable experience on their path to becoming change agents in the service of our communities.

Make a Monthly Donation to the CUE Fund


Burmese refugees in community workshopFrom Crisis to Community Development: Needs and Assets of Oakland's Refugees from Burma

A research report identifying the needs, strengths and aspirations of the emerging communities of refugees from Burma who have settled in or near the San Francisco East Bay. The report recommends that a pool of trained interpreters be funded in order to provide face to face translation across agencies, health clinics, and government offices.

 Queer Asian Pacific Islander Women and Transgenders in San FranciscoDragon Fruit: Queer Asian Pacific Islander Women & Transgenders in San Francisco

Asian Pacific Islander queer women and transgender activist history has been at risk of being lost. No archive actively collected their materials, and queer elders in the community are now in their seventies. The Dragon Fruit project set for itself the goal of training members of APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community) to collect and record their own history, deposit collected materials and recorded oral histories at the GLBT Historical Society archive, and exhibit their activism at San Francisco's GLBT History Museum as a significant first step in preserving that history.

Martin Baro free clinic outreach and mentorship projectClínica Martín-Baró - Educational Outreach and Mentorship

Support for mentorship and outreach efforts at Clínica Martín-Baró, a student-run and all-volunteer health outpost in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, where undocumented workers and the working poor are in need of basic medical services.


For more information on making a donation to the Community-University Empowerment Fund at San Francisco State University's College of Ethnic Studies, please contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at or 415-338-1032.