Research and Service Organizations (RSOs)

Academic Affairs
College of Business
College of Education
College of Ethnic Studies
College of Health & Social Sciences
College of Liberal & Creative Arts
College of Science & Engineering
Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Academic Affairs

Dilena Takeyama Center is a center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture that aims to promote the study of Japan, promote understanding between the United States and Japan, and also cultivate new leaders and voices in the field of U.S.-Japan Relations.

Humanities Building, Room 539, (415) 338-3162
Director: Chris Weinberger


College of Business

The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) is a regional catalyst in business ethics and sustainability for the Bay Area business community in developing future business leaders and supporting Bay Area professionals to be committed to addressing ethical, social and environmental issues through business practice, research and scholarship.

Main Campus, 1600 Holloway Ave., Business Building BUS 344
Director: Geoff Desa and Colin Johnson

College of Education

College of Ethnic Studies

Cesar E. Chavez Institute (CCI) studies and documents the impact of social oppression on the health, education, and well-being of disenfranchised communities in the U.S. CCI aims to bridge academic research and the practice of community empowerment through multiple approaches, including participatory action research, that make the Institute's studies and research findings accessible and useful to policy makers, service providers, educators, and community advocates.

Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, Room 406
Interim Director:  Kenneth Monteiro / Director:  Belinda Reyes

College of Health & Social Sciences

Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality specializes in research, education, training, and policy efforts that promote healthy sexuality, while reducing gender inequality and health disparities.

Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Suite 523-525, (415) 817-4512
Director: Colleen Hoff


Health Equity Institute creates an intellectual environment that encourages diversity of perspectives, challenges conventional approaches, and produces innovative action-oriented research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences in order to improve health, eliminate health disparities, and establish equity in health.

HSS Building, Room 359, (415) 405-2540
Director:  Jesus Ramirez-Valles


Institute for Holistic Healing Studies develops, coordinates, and offers curricula, studies and training in integral healing including holistic health and Chinese healing systems, as well as develops extramural funding for research and development in this area.

HSS Building, Room 326, (415) 338-1413
Director: Adam Burke

Marian Wright Edelman Institute develops and implements an interdisciplinary cross-professional degree program(s) in Child Development with studies in children, youth, and families that incorporates research, community outreach and training components.

HSS Building, Room 258, (415) 338-7673
Director: David Anderson


Pacific Leadership Institute (PLI) provides a menu of programs centered on learn-by-doing opportunities using the value of challenge, the power of play, and the great outdoors as teaching tools for building life skills such as self-esteem, leadership, and the ability to work as a team. PLI offers a wide range of community-based programs serving youth, schools, and university programs at SF State and other institutions around the Bay Area. Beyond our innovative programs, the core of PLI is centered on a youth empowerment and leadership development model dedicated to training, preparing, and researching the impacts of experiential education on young people. PLI reaches out to the broader community regarding building leadership skills, embracing recreation education and civic engagement, and fostering healthy lifestyles. PLI has opportunities for student interns (college and high school), volunteers, and both graduate student and faculty research.

HSS Building, Room 307, (415) 338-6883
Director: Erik Rosegard

College of Liberal & Creative Arts


Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies is the first academic institution of its kind -- dedicated to research and teaching about the historical and cultural experiences of the global Iranian diaspora community.

Humanities Building, Room 503, (415) 338-1500
Directors: Persis Karim

Center for Modern Greek Studies  (on hiatus) promotes the study of modern Greek language, literature, history and culture of contemporary Greece in relation to its Byzantine and earlier Hellenic history and cultural achievements.

Humanities Building, Room 577, (415) 338-1892
Directors: David Leitao and Alexandra Pappas


Documentary Film Institute (DocFilm) provides a structure for collaboration among artists, educators, policymakers, and scholars in the public and private sectors who are committed to exploring and developing new forms and functions for documentary filmmaking. DocFilm functions as a production hub and incubator in which individual filmmakers, researchers, community members, and entrepreneurs pursue a variety of projects, whether they are emerging talents or established veterans. In addition, DocFilm supports applied research initiatives and critical discourse, from large-scale grants relating to documentation to conferences on the documentary tradition. Dialogue, cooperation, and support among its partners across campus and in the community guide DocFilm’s activities and primary objective to make SF State and the San Francisco Bay Area a center for excellence in documentary film production, culture, exhibition, and research.

Creative Arts Building, Room 001, (415) 405-3753
Director: Soumyaa Kapil Behrens


Lab for Media and Community aims to explore and improve the role of journalism in strengthening communities, as well as create and pursue innovative responses to the changing technology of communications, evolving media and the dynamic demographics that mark the San Francisco Bay Area.

Humanities Building, Room 539, (415) 338-3162
Director: Jon Funabiki


Michael D. Palm Center for Public  is dedicated to ensuring that SFSU faculty and students can contribute to social justice and evidence based public policy formulation by informing national policy conversations with state of the art scholarship.

Director: Aaron Belkin

Morrison Center for Chamber Music RSO
In partnership with the May Treat Morrison Foundation, the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and the School of Music, the Morrison Chamber Music Center @SFSU produces a wide variety of performing and teaching activities, with resident and visiting artists, including the Alexander String Quartet, which enhance the curriculum of the School of Music, extending its reach into off-campus communities; and develops new audiences, new activities and new music majors. Annual events include the Morrison Visiting Artist Concert and Residency Series, The Galante Chamber Music Prize and The Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Festival for High School Students.

Office: 415-338-2467
Director: Cyrus Ginwala


Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability advances research on the nature of disability while also introducing the topic into the curriculum campus-wide.

Humanities Building, Room 135, (415) 405-3528
Director: Catherine J. Kudlick


Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives presents readings by poets, novelists, and other writers in accord with the highest standards of literary excellence and houses a collection of over 2,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works.

Humanities Building, Room 511-512, (415) 338-2227
Director: Steve Dickison


The Global Museum: the New University Museum at San Francisco State University is a place in which to appreciate the power of diverse communities in a globally connected world. As a responsible steward of cultural heritage, a place of scholarship, community, and engagement, the Global Museum will create experiences that foster life-long learning, collaboration with and among diverse communities, and reflection about global society and our common humanity. The Global Museum will use family- and student-oriented exhibits to offer innovative educational programming around its collections to SFSU, the extended San Francisco community and Bay Area school districts. The University Museum anticipates exhibiting its outstanding collections from Oceania, Asia, North America, and Africa late in 2015, as it prepares new exhibition and collections spaces in the Fine Arts Building that will serve as a collections stewardship and exhibition hub for the greater SFSU community.

Fine Arts Building, Room 293, (415) 338-2176
Director: Paige Bardolph


Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) acts as a hub and incubator in which documentary filmmakers, researchers, community members, and entrepreneurs pursue projects connected to the veteran experience. VDC’s goal is to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles and successes that define the veteran experience through the art of documentary filmmaking.  VDC’s objective is to make SF State an international center of excellence for veteran-themed film production, culture, exhibition, and research.

Creative Arts Building, Room 251, (415) 338-1471Director: Daniel Bernardi


College of Science & Engineering

Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS) is a marine research field station that focuses on gaining a fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes of the San Francisco Bay, the adjacent coastal environments and marine ecosystems world-wide.

3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA, (415) 338-6063
Director: Karina Nielsen


Institute for Geographic Information Science provides software site licenses, a training program, and most importantly a structure for intercampus dialogue on issues confronting faculty attempting to apply GIS technology in their educational and research programs.

HSS Building, Room 288, (415) 338-3566
Director: Jerry Davis


Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Children's Campus: A Center for Early Care and Education, Professional Development and Research was established to provide high quality early care and education with a foundation in evidence based practice for infants, toddlers and pre-school children; to prepare future teachers with critical competencies in child development, and to engage in and support research related to child development, curriculum and teaching.

North State Drive @ Lake Merced Boulevard, SFSU, (415) 405-4011
Interim Director: Anna Tobin-Wallis