San Francisco State University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) just awarded BAYCAT President & CEO Villy Wang with its 2012 Community Service Learning Award!
An award is given annually to one community partner each spring to honor the outstanding work community partners have had, not only on students learning, but on faculty’s awareness of community needs. Winners receive a gift certificate for $250 and an award certificate at the annual CSL “Awards for Excellence” event in April. Nominations are accepted each fall.
Villy Wang This year’s Community Partner honoree is Villy Wang, President and CEO of BAYCAT: the Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology, a nonprofit community media producer that offers free classes, internships, and employment to underserved youth and adults in digital media arts and design. Through project-based learning and access to the latest digital technology, students are able to learn professional media applications while discovering their innate artistic abilities. With an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Economics from Brown University, and a JD from Northwestern, Villy brings a unique 20-year background in education, arts programming, nonprofit business and law to BAYCAT that inspires students to tell their transformative stories to others and in thus doing, empower themselves as lifelong learners. She has been a tireless supporter of SF State’s Department of Design and Industry and its community service learning program, where students gain an understanding of the historical, social, economic, and political factors of community art and positive change through social enterprise.