Student Organizations

The English Student Association (ESA) is an organization for all undergraduate students pursuing an English degree. Its purpose is to generate student involvement in the department and foster a greater sense of community through social events, as well as academic and career-focused workshops. If you are interested in getting involved and staying up-to-date on future events, we invite you to follow them on Facebook at English Undergraduate Student Association at SFSU, and Instagram & Snapchat @EUSASFSU. They can also be reached via e-mail at

The Graduate Literature Association (GLA) is the student organization for the M.A. in Literature. The GLA organizes social activities, academic and career workshops, scholarly conferences and publishes Interpretations, a student-edited academic journal.

All students pursuing an M.A in English Literature at SF State are automatically members.

Contact: Sarita Cannon,
GLA Website

The M.A. TESOL Student Association is the student organization for the M.A. in TESOL. The association is composed of the following committees:

  • Buddy Program: Pairs new students with senior "buddies" to help them transition into life as a graduate student in the TESOL program.
  • Social: Hosts regular social events throughout each semester, including a welcome back mixer and end-of-semester potluck. 
  • TESOL Talks: Organizes academic and career-oriented lectures, panels, and workshops designed to broaden students knowledge and experiences, while connecting students with the broader Bay Area TESOL community. 

Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) is a transformative service learning project that is student-led and housed in the English Department's M.A. TESOL program. It is a collaboration between City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the TESOL program with nearly a 20-year history. The project leads community engagement efforts by pairing SFSU students with CCSF teachers to serve as coaches in non-credit ESL and citizenship classes for adults. Each semester, coaches are trained and sent out to assist in these classrooms by helping older immigrants develop language and literacy skills, and in many cases, prepare for the U.S. citizenship test. SFSU students who participate in the project and are enrolled in certain courses with a CSL (Community Service Learning) component are eligible to receive extra credit, depending on the instructor. 

For more information on Project SHINE, please contact the coordinators by email at