Rita Melendez, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sexuality Studies and Sociology. She specializes in public health, gender and race/ethnicity issues. Her research focusses on access to care for HIV-positive Latino immigrants as well as prevention services for Latinos. She is currently conducting a study exploring how rural Latino immigrants have access to PrEP services. Her past research studies inlcude a qualitative survey of over 600 Latinos from Zacatecas living in the US and exploring their access to care as well as health. Dr.
In his essay “Imaginary Homelands,” Salman Rushdie writes, “I grew up kissing books and bread. In our house, whenever anyone dropped a book or let fall a chapati or a “slice,” which was our word for a triangle of buttered leavened bread, the fallen object was required not only to be picked up but also kissed .... Devout households in India often contained, and still contain, persons in the habit of kissing holy books. But we kissed everything. ...
I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She received her Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Connecticut (UConn) in 2017. She obtained her MS degree in Computer Hardware Engineering at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran in 2013, and her bachelor's degree with the highest honors in Computer Hardware Engineering at Mazandaran University, Iran, in 2011.
“This is the final lesson of the late bloomer; his or her success is highly contingent on the effort of others.” Malcolm Gladwell defends this idea, in his essay “Late Bloomers” (The New Yorker, October 20, 2008), by delving into the life of the award-winning American writer Ben Fountain; Fountain was financially supported for over a decade by his wife Sharie, who “believed in her husband’s art or perhaps, more simply, she believed in her husband ….” Gladwell explores, too, the career of the French painter Paul Cézanne, who was bankrolled by his well-to-do (banker) father, and
Rene Juarez-Vazquez is the author of "The Planet of the Dead"(2017), a book of poems published through Nomadic Press. He has an MA and MFA from San Francisco's creative writing department. He is a lecturer of Literature and Critical thinking in the Latino/a studies department since Summer 2017.
He is the curator of the reading series Voz Sin Tinta, San Francisco's longest running bilingual reading series and Uptown Fridays in Oakland.