Impact on the SF State Community

Faculty and Leadership

Professor Gus Vouchilas

“As a professor in the Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department for over 16 years, I have taught my interior design students the importance of designing and creating spaces that address the needs of a diverse body of individuals. At the heart of human experience is found the need for connections with our environments and a connection with each other as experienced through the built environment. These types of connections can build relationships that emerge through the sharing of different life experiences. The Inclusion Pilot Project at SF State offers the opportunity for students to share their individual life experiences which builds confidence and brings about new ideas they can share in all study disciplines. This result is a tangible asset that inspires growth and understanding.”

Professor Hafez Modirzadeh

“I have been an SF State professor at the School of Music since 1998, and thanks to the Inclusion Pilot Project, Ishaan has been able to join my course, Music of the World's People. By supporting the needs of such students, a diversity of abilities is recognized that enriches our learning community beyond words, ultimately honing a greater humanity in the process, thus making such programs indispensable.”

Shih-Hsung (Alex) Hwu

“The College of Extended Learning (CEL) helps expand access to SF State. In stewarding this new Inclusion Pilot Project, CEL provides a specifically designed pathway for developmentally disabled students that did not previously exist, to study at SF State. It also reflects SF State’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion on its campus. At the same time, it is extremely important for me personally, since I have a son who is on the autism spectrum. I have witnessed first-hand how important support and opportunities are for him to remain on a successful learning path. This program will support learners and families who would otherwise have to navigate a very complex system to access the benefits of higher education. We look forward to serving these new students at SF State.”

Teaching Assistants

Molly Butler

“I’m a master's/credential candidate in SF State’s Extensive Support Needs program in the Special Education Department. I have a passion for inclusive practices and love this field. My role as a TA in the Inclusion Pilot Project is to adapt college-level curriculum in order to make it accessible for the student I help support. My goal is to make their college experience meaningful and enjoyable.”

Charles Beavis

“I have a master’s degree in Special Education and the Extensive Support Needs teaching credential from SF State. I know that all people have a capacity to learn, grow, and socialize. The Inclusion Pilot Project is meaningful in so many ways. It is important for students of all abilities to learn from each other. I work closely with one student. She is excited to take college courses, and to meet some new people. I adapt the curriculum in order for her to access the content. She is an aspiring writer and has completed multiple writing assignments throughout the semester. She meets with a peer partner once a week to discuss ”

Nina Morente

“While earning my teaching credential and master’s degree at SF State, I have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a new inclusion program where I was to work with adults who are experiencing their first year of college. I felt supported within a group of creative experts who helped me shape a unique and authentic experience for these students in their college courses. I worked side by side with the student as a partner, as we were fully included in a range of classes from art, to English, to dance. After participating in the inclusion program, I know now that I can work to help any student achieve their dreams of going to and graduating from college.”