Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative

The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies and Wise Wishes, is conducting field/participatory research to study the efficacy of a novel, workshop-based approach to instilling and promoting self-management skills among youth, particularly with regard to self-esteem, emotional intelligence, fitness, and healthy habits.

Our nation’s youth face alarming rates of violence, suicide, and destructive habits and conditions such as dropping out of school and obesity. Many of the problems are attributed to stress, anxiety, poor nutrition, and disadvantageous socioeconomic factors that adolescents, teenagers, and college students experience. Students are often under pressure from their families, worry about finances, and struggle with adjustment and attachment issues.

According to the Center for Disease Control (2010 Census), teenagers diagnosed with depression are five times more likely than adults to attempt suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among 20-24 year old college students. Twenty-five percent of students who visit university health centers for routine care report being depressed and 10 percent of students report having suicidal thoughts.

These harmful symptoms are becoming more common as preventative public health measures are increasingly underfunded and private treatment programs are increasingly cost prohibitive for many families, especially in marginalized communities. Today, public schools have fewer resources for counseling services to address these issues.

 

Many of the problems are attributed to stress, anxiety, poor nutrition, and disadvantageous socioeconomic factors that adolescents, teenagers, and college students experience.

 

College of Ethnic Studies Funding Initiatives

Studens at Commencement

Scholarships

Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending the University.

SFSU Ethnic Studies building

National Institutes for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies & Social Justice

The Institutes will promote advancements in scholarship, creative works, pedagogy, curricula and academic activism that serve to advance justice for constituent communities.

SFSU Ethnic Studies building

Community University
Empowerment Fund (CUE)

CUE provides seed grants to innovative, socially engaged projects that improve conditions and the quality of life for communities of color.

Members of the SFSU community distributing information

Queer Ethnic
Studies Initiative

The Initiative is part of the College’s strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, support graduate student scholarship, and investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.

For More Information, Contact

 

Alex Sanchez

Director of Development
College of Ethnic Studies
Email: alexsan@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-1032