Faculty In Review

Labor and Community Studies Department

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Gladys Porras

Labor and Community Studies Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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William F Shields

Chair, Labor and Community Studies Department

B.A., Yale University; M.A., Antioch University

Mr. Shields has been a member of the CCSF faculty for twenty years. He has been the Chair of Labor and Community Studies since 1995.

Mr. Shields' instructional philosophy is based on the idea of student empowerment. Whether working with students from unions, community-based organizations, vocational classes or the transfer program, he aims to give students the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives and about our society.
Using techniques derived from the labor and popular education movements, he mixes lectures with discussions, role-playing, student presentations and music to explore class themes. His hope is that students will finish his classes with a sharper sense of power relations in our society and how they affect them and also with heightened analytical and critical thinking skills. As the inscription on the Science Building says, "And the truth will make you free." In his classes, whether history, employment rights, leadership training or social action theater, he helps students uncover the important truths of our time.

Mr. Shields helped restructure his department, adding community studies and oral history storytelling courses. He served on the VATEA Grant Committee, the Vocational Education Advisory Committee and as a San Francisco Labor Council delegate for AFT Local 2121. He is active with the Department Chairpersons Council.
He is active in the movement to defend public education, City College and the Diversity Collaborative of social justice departments at the college.

Mr. Shields was a worker-organizer as a tour guide/shuttle driver and was a field representative for UNITE HERE Local 2.

He wrote and produced the award-winning Pacifica Radio Docudrama Series "Rising Waters, the Drama of the Militant Thirties". He was a founding member of the Bay Area Labor Theater, where he wrote, directed and performed theater about working class life. He currently directs the Work Tales labor drama program in his department. Labor drama partners in this program have included Local 2, Sign and Display Local 510, La Colectiva de Mujeres/the Women's Collective and SEIU Local 87.

In 2014, Mr. Shields was elected to the national Executive Board of the United Association for Labor Education, where he serves as the Western States Regional Representative. He is a Board Member of the Center for Labor Research and Education at U.C. Berkeley, of the Labor Archives at San Francisco State and of the Fund for Labor Culture and History.

He is the father of two adult children and a past parent leader in the San Francisco School District. On behalf of Labor and Community Studies he taught U.S. History for Balboa High School students and is currently developing a teaching partnership with June Jordan High School.

In his leisure time, Mr. Shields enjoys spending time with his family, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and boating.

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James R Tracy

Labor and Community Studies Department

BA Humanities with Emphasis on Literacy and Society, New College of California

Instructor Tracy has been teaching at CCSF since 2015

James Tracy has over 22 years of experience in the field of Community Organizing. His classes combine Popular Education and traditional teaching techniques in order equip students with the skills needed to understand the political system and how to engage with it strategically for positive change.

In 1992, he co-founded the Eviction Defense Network which spent the 1990s leading advocacy campaigns to prevent evictions while supporting residents of public housing during the HOPE VI process. Working with the Coalition on Homelessness, he helped to pass expanded tenant protections for residents of Transitional Housing as well as leading successful campaigns resulting in new housing for veterans and families. Currently, he is the Director of Community Organizing and Resident Engagement at Community Housing Partnership (www.chp-sf.org) which worked with groups such as All Of Us or None! to win San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance. He is the co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and serves on the Executive Board of Jobs With Justice, SF.

Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars (AK Press, 2014)
Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times (Melville House Publishing 2011)

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