SF State Transforms is a three-year grant that began in January 2021 through support from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program, which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, with a focus on TT faculty positions and advancement.
Our approach and activities are grounded in feminist intersectionality as a theory and practice for social change. Our program goals are faculty intersectional equity, equity in service and scholarship, and harm reduction/restorative practices.
Faculty of Color
Faculty of Color is an umbrella category to describe a demographic body of SF State faculty consistent with the racial demographics collected as part of California and the CSU. Faculty of color are underrepresented in the CSU system and academia. Institutional data shows this underrepresentation for TT faculty and given trends across higher education is likely similar for all faculty, including lecturers who make up the majority of faculty.
The umbrella construct of Faculty of Color includes, but is not limited to, people of African American, Latina/x, and Indigenous ancestries, as well as Filipino, Pacific Islander, and other Asian backgrounds. We prefer, and encourage, specificity when speaking of racial categories and people's experience and to not speak of generalized collectives. Given white people's racial privilege in academia and elsewhere, we strategically use this umbrella term of faculty of color as well as the acronym BIPOC for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color when referring to systems and experiences of racial equity and inequity. We understand that race and racism operate in multiple intersectional forms.
The term Women denotes a social identity, category, and position in relation to gendered power. We understand that gender and gender oppression appear in multiple intersectional forms. Gender is not limited to the gender binary. Gender includes transgender, gender non-binary, and genderqueer identities.
Intersectionality is a concept that originated in Black feminist thought. The lens of intersectionality examines how multiple oppressions operate interpersonally, politically, and institutionally to compound the marginalization of individuals. A critical analysis using an intersectional framework recognizes that social categories such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, class, economic status, sexuality, and disability overlap and multiply inequalities. Intersecting oppressions--institutional racism for example--impacts peoples' lives, including limiting and differentially distributing access to professional rewards and opportunities.
Faculty includes lecturers and TT faculty and our programs include and welcome all faculty in the opportunities we strive to create. A major component of faculty inequity lies in the systemic and institutionalized ways faculty are hired, promoted, and paid as lecturers. This needs to be addressed and, while we hold it as a component problem that drives faculty inequity, this is not the central focus of this effort. The primary focus and outcome measure of SF State Transforms is TT Faculty career advancement through the rankings system of assistant, associate, and full. This aligns with the mission and goals of the funding mechanism. Our goal begins here and includes advancing faculty equity more comprehensively and beyond STEM into the larger campus community. Thus we strive in all our program goals to ensure equity, inclusivity, and justice institutionally for all members of this community.
The campuses of San Francisco State University on the San Francisco peninsula and north bay are located within the occupied territories of the Ramaytush Ohlone and the Coastal Miwok (who, along with the Southern Pomo, are organized as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).
To establish equitable faculty workloads that recognize, reward, and value faculty through an intersectional lens. A lens on equity is designed to address specific exclusions and differences based on social categories, specifically around gender, race, and positions in academia that produce and maintain inequitable practices and experiences and that are pervasive. We seek systems approaches to identify and change these inequalities as we seek equitable practices.
SCHOLARSHIP & SERVICE
To support faculty careers in ways that value and supports scholarship and service. For scholarship to work toward designing and implementing mechanisms that emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-college engagement, and faculty inspiration and development that begins with an intersectional lens and ensures equity for women faculty of color, white women, and faculty of all intersectional gender and racial/ethnic identities across campus. For equity in service to ensure balance, transparency, and accountability for service work-loads that value and instill professional development.
HARM REDUCTION & RESTORATIVE PRACTICE
To reduce bias and related harms using a mechanism that identifies, discusses, and restores faculty relationships and policies and practices that structure professional careers at SF State. Our work is focused on micro-level interactions and relations and the macro-level of systemic change. Our goal through restorative practices is to promote systems that foster equitable relationships and opportunities for leadership.