USF Partners with buildOn to Host Mayoral Forum: Candidates Running for San Francisco Mayor Gather at USF on May 5

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The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is pleased to announce a partnership with buildOn, a national non-profit organization (http://www.buildOn.org), to host a forum featuring the candidates running for mayor of San Francisco on Thursday, May 5. The May 5 forum will began at 6:00 p.m. in the McLaren Conference Center on USF’s main campus, and will include candidates Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee. Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We are looking forward to a substantive discussion with the mayoral candidates about issues affecting education and service in our communities,” said Corey Cook, professor of politics at USF.

The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is pleased to announce a partnership with buildOn, a national non-profit organization (http://www.buildOn.org), to host a forum featuring the candidates running for mayor of San Francisco on Thursday, May 5.

The May 5 forum will began at 6:00 p.m. in the McLaren Conference Center on USF’s main campus, and will include candidates Michela Alioto-Pier, John Avalos, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee. Attendance is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The San Francisco Chronicle and KQED News are the media sponsors for this political forum.

Modeled on the 2008 Presidential Candidate Forum on Service, the Mayoral Forum at USF will enable the candidates to address substantive questions about the future of service and engaged citizenship in San Francisco. Candidates will be asked how to increase trust in local governmental institutions and social trust within our communities, revitalize local democracy, and ensure that San Francisco becomes a city of service. The forum will be moderated by Corey Cook, assistant professor in the USF Department of Politics and will include questions from youth participating in buildOn and McCarthy Center service programs.

The Forum on Service represents a partnership between the University of San Francisco and buildOn. USF and buildOn have a shared vision of the capacity of service to engage and empower young people in service of the common good.

“Co-hosting a mayoral forum is a fitting project for USF and buildOn because it will engage high school and college students, as well as the greater community, into the process of local politics,” said Corey Cook. “We are looking forward to a substantive discussion with the mayoral candidates about issues affecting education and service in our communities.”

“USF and buildOn have many overlapping ideals, and a similar vision for how service empowers young people,” explained buildOn’s Catarina Schwab, vice president in California. “We are thrilled to partner on this service-themed event so early in the campaign season.”

The McLaren Conference Center is located in the heart of USF’s main campus (http://www.usfca.edu/campusmap/). Complimentary parking is available (first-come, first-served) to forum attendees in the Koret parking structure on the corner of Turk and Parker. For questions about this event, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at 415.422.2697 or abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu.

About buildOn
buildOn breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Through buildOn afterschool programs in high schools across the U.S., urban youth are contributing intensive service, helping seniors, young children, and the homeless in their communities, and are also helping to build schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet.

Students in buildOn programs, located in 118 of America’s lowest performing urban high schools, have contributed a staggering 760,000 hours of service. buildOn also partners these same students with developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America to build schools. buildOn’s school construction programs have completed 383 schools to date. And through the unparalleled commitment of parents and grandparents to educate their children, both boys and girls, rural villages provide all the volunteer labor in collaboration with buildOn to break ground on a new school every six days.

More than 57,000 children and adults attend these schools daily and with 95 percent of buildOn’sUS students are attending college; buildOn is inspiring the next generation of global leaders. buildOn is not a charity, it’s a movement. Join today at buildOn.org.

About The Leo T. McCarthy Center and USF
The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and preparing students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and the common good. The Center provides a non-partisan forum for education, service and research in public programs and policy-making. It supports undergraduate and graduate academic programs, provides community-based learning opportunities, and government experiences for students.

Established in 1855, USF is San Francisco’s oldest university and is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. The University of San Francisco is committed to being a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. With nearly 9,600 students enrolled both on- and off-campus, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.

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