Archive for March, 2018

Student Post: #TEXTBOOKBROKE Student Survey for Open Education

March 27th, 2018
Deepshika Verma, our Open Education Student Assistant

My name is Deepshika Verma and I am an International Studies major here at USF, with a minor in Health Sciences. I hope to go into the public health in the future as a result! I am super passionate about advocacy, an avid sports fan (Go Giants!), and also a student performer (been dancing my whole life).

As a student, I totally relate to excessive costs for education. Whether it be tuition, food, transportation, or textbooks, I have been there and done that. This is why I decided to advocate for Open Education at USFCA. I want to do what I can to get the word out about free resources for educational endeavors here on our campus, all thanks to Charlotte Roh, my partner-in-crime. She has guided me throughout my journey of discovering open education resources (OER) this semester and has been a huge supporter for me and many other students who are struggling to recover from expensive books/materials costs.

These upcoming few weeks left of the semester, we are implementing a survey for students and faculty to bring more awareness of OER and have it implemented into the university’s system. It is important to the both of us, not only to reduce costs of textbooks, but to have a chance to interact with millennials who have a different, unique mindset towards their education. Having a community to share OER with is something we strive towards and I cannot wait to continue my journey!

You can take the survey and win a $25 Amazon gift card at:



USF Day of Remembrance

March 13th, 2018

DoR 2018 Final Web Dist imagesLeft image: Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1965, courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto & Naomi Tagawa, 9297.122). Right image: Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash.

Last month, the University of San Francisco Asian Pacific American Studies and Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, along with a number of other co-sponsors, organized the 2018 USF Day of Remembrance: Building Sanctuary: Alliances and Action Across Communities. Day of Remembrance commemorates February 19, 1942, the day which President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the government and the military to incarcerate and imprison over 120,000 Japanese Americans. The 2018 USF Day of Remembrance program addressed this history and why it is especially important today.

To open the program, John Ota of Nikkei Resisters gave a moving statement, reflecting on the incarceration and forced relocation of Japanese Americans to remote, desolate camps—an egregious violation of civil rights in our country’s history—and connected it to  present day exclusionary immigration policies against communities of color.


Moderator Professor Evelyn Ho transitioned to the panel discussion by asking panelists to share their definition of sanctuary and recent developments on local and national levels. Hong Mei Pang, Director of Advocacy at Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and co-founder of Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast (RAISE), and Professor Bill Ong Hing, described the constant fear, anxiety, and trauma undocumented immigrants, their families, and communities are experiencing because of ongoing threats of arrest and deportation. Additionally, Hong Mei Pang provided information about the Rapid Response Network and the work of CAA SFILENand other partners to support undocumented immigrants. Professor Hing and USF law student and USF Task Force to Support Undocumented Students representative Gabriela Garcia, discussed the ongoing organizing efforts at USF, including Know Your Rights workshops and the Immigration Law Clinic. They described working with clients who are struggling to pay their DACA renewal application fees and public transportation costs. Fr. Greg Bonfiglio and Mike Neary of St. Ignatius Parish shared that recent government policies and changes moved them and other parishioners at St. Ignatius to take a public stance through declaring sanctuary with St. Agnes Parish. Professor Evelyn Ho noted that her church, St. John’s Presbyterian, also recently declared sanctuary. Natalie Terry, Community Organizer with Faith in Action Bay Area and Director of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center & Children’s Faith Formation at St. Agnes Church, reflected on working with many concerned and woken individuals and volunteers wanting to help, but who are often paralyzed to act. She encouraged the audience to, when thinking about the question What do I need to do?, to also consider the questions Who am I becoming? and Who do we choose to be in this moment? Overall, this timely and important program helped to connect communities, reaffirm ongoing efforts, and put forth ideas for moving forward.



Open Education Week 2018: #textbookbroke #OEWeek

March 6th, 2018

How much is your textbook? Is it too much?

This year, Gleeson Library is working to address the cost of textbooks and its impact on student learning. We’re celebrating Open Education Week and making moves!

Deepshika Verma, our new Open Education Student Assistant
  • We’ve hired an Open Education Student Assistant, Deepshika Verma, modeled on the SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellowship, to do research and outreach on how the University of San Francisco uses educational materials and how we can improve.
  • We’re holding a workshop in partnership with the The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4-5 pm Gleeson Library 213 (interactive classroom). RSVP here.
  • We’re piloting seed grants for faculty who want to flip their classrooms to Open Educational Resources (OER) or library resources. You can apply here.


For more information about Open Education Week please contact Charlotte Roh at


Gleeson to host 4th Annual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Women’s History Month

March 2nd, 2018

March is Women’s History Month. Observe this important month with Gleeson by  helping to add reliable resources and information about women, art, and feminism to Wikipedia (a resource that has gender gaps in both participation and content).

On March 9th from 10am-4pm, Gleeson will host its fourth annual Art+Feminism* Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. All are welcome. Never edited Wikipedia before? No problem; we’ll help. Bring your laptop, if you have one (if you don’t, no worries, we’ll have some on hand for borrowing) and feel free to drop in, or stay for the entire time. We’ll be on the second floor common space of the library.

You can find more information about the edit-a-thon event here. Registration is not required to attend, but if you’re able to give us a head’s up that you’ll be joining us, that would be great!

Art+Feminism is “a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.” 2018 marks the fifth year of this important, international campaign, and it will be Gleeson Library’s fourth year hosting a satellite event.