News & Updates

Professor Kenney Effectively Shuts Down Airbnb Ad Campaign with Her Facebook Post

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Faculty member's online commentary goes viral, garners widespread national press.

FAST COMPANY -- San Francisco State Assistant Professor Martha Kenney posted an open letter to Airbnb on Facebook that sums up local opposition to the marketing sentiment.

“Dear Airbnb,

“I’m happy to hear that you paid your taxes this year. I did too! Isn’t it awesome?

“However, I’ve crunched some numbers and I have some bad news for you. Out of your $12 mil of hotel tax, only 1.4 percent goes to the SF Public Libraries. So that’s $168,000. Divided by the 868 library staff, we have $193 per person. Assuming each employee works five days per week minus holidays, this is $0.78 per employee per day. Since that’s significantly under San Francisco minimum wage ($12.25/hour), I doubt that your hotel tax can keep the libraries open more than a minute or two later.

“However, had you donated that $8 million you spent fighting Proposition F directly to the public libraries you love so much, that could have made a bigger difference. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20!”

 

In a statement to SF Weekly, Airbnb apologized and said it’s taking down the billboards and posters. “The intent was to show the hotel tax contribution from our hosts and guests, which is roughly $1 million per month. It was the wrong tone and we apologize to anyone who was offended. These ads are being taken down immediately.”

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Announcing New Faculty Member: Fall 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We are excited to announce that our department will have a new full-time faculty member beginning 2017-2018. Please be sure to welcome Chris Hanssmann in August and look for his classes next year. In the meantime, you can learn more about his research at:  http://sociology.ucsf.edu/current-sociology-students

 

WGS Emergency Fund Scholarship

Monday, November 07, 2016

The purpose of the WGS Student Emergency Fund scholarship is to support students in need of “emergency” funding. An emergency is broadly defined to include those categories not covered as part of the regular cost of attendance (i.e. NOT “tuition fees, books and supplies, meals, housing, transportation, and personal expenses” per Financial Aid).

The award is open to all graduate and undergraduate students majoring or minoring in WGS. Preference is given to graduate students and undergraduate majors, and there is no GPA requirement.

If your application is awarded, a copy of a bill tied to your emergency may be required.

Congratulations!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Women and Gender Studies Department wants to give a huge congratulations to Sharron Watts and Sofia Cardenas for receiving the SF State Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagment, and to Swetha Pottam for being published in the Sutro Review!