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San Francisco

SF 2014

San Francisco Domestic Study Program 

Spend spring 2016 in San Francisco studying gentrification and Black out-migration through ethnographic methodologies!  Students will travel around the city working in activist and artistic organizations, conducting oral histories and learning how cities make development decisions.

For details, contact Dr. Omi Jones at


Class of 2014

The Fillmore 

Application Requirements and Program Details for Spring 2014:

First, email Dr. Jones to hold your spot on the trip at

She will then give you application instructions (including the ones below):

  1. Nomination by University of Texas professor
  2. Minimum of 2.0 GPA required
  3. Essay addressing how you imagine the program in San Francisco to contribute to your personal and/or career aspirations. Be as specific as possible. (250 Words)
  4. Current resume
  5. Deadline to apply is September 10, 2015

Note: All materials should be submitted to Interviews with Dr. Jones will be scheduled upon receipt of application.

Course Desriptions

Introduction to Ethnographic Methods - Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones 

Flag:  Independent Inquiry

In this course, students will study ethnographic methods including observant participation, interviewing, and oral histories. Archival research will also be conducted.   Students will work at specific sites in the Fillmore, Bayview-Hunter’s Point, the Mission and Oakland.  This course provides students with skills in critical ethnography by foregrounding the racial politics that shape policy-making and community-building.

Performance Ethnography - Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Flag: Culture

This course is a companion to Ethnographic Methods.  Students will shape the research gathered in Ethnographic Methods into a public performance.  NO PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! The students will explore ethics, collaboration, accountability, simultaneity, and activist research in devising the performance.  The techniques will include Everyday Life Performance, personal narratives and dialogic communication.  The performance based on research from the Fillmore District will be presented at SFSU, the African American Art and Culture Complex and Stanford University. 

Race, Radicalism, and Revolution, RRS 520 - Dr. Jason Ferreira, SFSU

Hip Hop Workshop, AFRS 256 - Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer, SFSU


Application Deadline: Fall semester

Duration of trip: Following Spring semester: January - May (official dates TBD)

2016 Approximate Expenses and Fees (future costs TBD)

Books and Materials: $50

Airfare: $500

Local Transportation: $100

Emergency Funds: $500

Health Insurance If you do not have coverage: $535 (5 dollars Per day of trip)

Total: $8,656 or $9,191 with insurance


Students will be housed in dorms at San Francisco State University.  They will have a meal plan, and access to libraries, health services and other student amenities. Dorm $6000.

Cost and Financial Aid

Students will register for classes at UT as usual, and will pay dorm costs at SFSU

Dorm $6000

Program Fees 

UT Course Activities (San Francisco Tours, Guest Lectures, Theatre Performances, Concerts, Equipment Rental for Performances) $2000

SFSU Student Activity Fees (Use of Library, Health Center, Student Activities, Student ID, Services for Students with Disabilities) $2000

All housing and program fees can be included in a revised FAFSA so that you can secure financial for the program.


Students will register for all four classes at UT, and will pay dorm costs and SFSU Student Activity Fees to SFSU.


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