College of Ethnic Studies

Prof hopes violence and suicide prevention course goes viral

September 3, 2018 Life News 0 Comments

An SF State professor studying violence and suicide prevention hopes a new health and wellness course will lead to fewer tragedies among students who sign up and cause a ripple effect among their peers. The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between the College of Ethnic Studies and the Wise Wishes organization, started one of two ...

Dean of The College of Ethnic Studies resigns

December 13, 2017 News

Dr. Kenneth P. Monteiro will be resigning his position as dean of the College of Ethnic Studies (COES) this upcoming spring. Monteiro declined to give a reason for his decision. “I requested to exercise my retreat rights back to the faculty, some administrators like myself, who began in the faculty retain the right to return ...

Promises unfulfilled for College of Ethnic Studies

September 6, 2017 News

Some faculty and students within College of Ethnic Studies (COES) are upset at President Leslie E. Wong for not fulfilling demands he promised the COES after the protest from May of last year. Wong signed a contract with the four hunger strikers of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF2016), where he compiled a list of ...

SF State sued twice before third week of fall semester

September 5, 2017 News

In the current political climate where social unrest pervades college campuses around the country, some SF State students think the university is at odds with its own values of equity, inclusion and diversity. With only the third week underway in the new school semester, the university has two lawsuits under its belt. One was filed ...

Dean of College of Ethnic Studies files lawsuit against SF State

August 24, 2017 News 1 Comment

The dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Department (COES) at SF State filed a lawsuit yesterday, suing the University for unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation and defamation. On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Kenneth P. Monteiro, Ph.D., dean of the COES, filed the suit in the San Francisco Superior Court, after the University failed to respond to ...

Ethnic Studies Department Wins Two Hero Awards

September 12, 2016 News

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission and its Equity Advisory Committee has presented two Hero Awards to the College of Ethnic Studies for their activism and perseverance in gaining adequate funding for the department. The Ethnic Studies Student Organization and the Ethnic Studies Student Resource and Empowerment Center won in the student and organization categories ...

Hunger strike ends, agreement reached

May 11, 2016 News

One hospitalization and 10 days later, the SF State administration and hunger strikers have come to an agreement and called an end to the strike. “It’s disappointing that it took a hunger strike and that it took 10 days into a hunger strike to get it to these negotiations,” said Sofia Cardenas, an organizer for the ...

Students go on hunger strike for ethnic studies

May 3, 2016 News 1 Comment

A group of SF State students began a hunger strike Monday, saying they will not eat until the administration allocates $8 million to the College of Ethnic Studies. SF State students and faculty gathered in Malcolm X Plaza Monday to protest the SF State budget and looming spending cuts to the College of Ethnic Studies. Students Hassani Bell, Julia Retzlaff, Sachiel Rosen ...

The creation of the College of Ethnic Studies

April 19, 2016 Multimedia 1 Comment

The fight to create the College of Ethnic Studies redefined SF State’s core values and identity. The college was the first of its kind in the US and the strike that led to it remains the longest campus strike in U.S. history. Timeline information from the SF State Archive, Lib Guide: SFSC Student-led Strike Materials, ...

Students rally for transparency at SF State

April 15, 2016 News 1 Comment

A group of around 25 students rallied on 19th and Holloway avenues Wednesday to bring attention to the wide range of issues affecting SF State as of late. Issues surrounding the College of Ethnic Studies, the California Faculty Association and an independent financial analysis released last week were among the concerns of the students. “Hey ...

Financial analysis of SF State reveals no structural deficit

April 11, 2016 Life News 1 Comment

Eastern Michigan University accounting professor Howard Bunsis visited SF State Thursday, April 7 to examine the University’s uncertain financial situations, with special attention given to the Ethnic Studies funding controversy. Bunsis announced that SF State was not operating at a structural deficit like administration officials previously claimed, and that money should not be cut from ...

Deans weigh in on Ethnic Studies funding controversy

March 15, 2016 News

Last Tuesday, five of the deans of SF State’s six academic colleges signed a letter supporting the initiation of a task force to investigate the funding concerns in the College of Ethnic Studies. This suggestion follows weeks of protests by students at the College of Ethnic Studies after hearing about the possibility of spending cuts in the wake of ...

Harvard offers solidarity to SF State through social media

March 8, 2016 News 1 Comment

Over the weekend, students and faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education pledged their solidarity with SF State through social media in the wake of the potential College of Ethnic Studies spending cuts. The Facebook page Defend and Advance Ethnic Studies at SF State posted a picture on Friday of Harvard Graduate School of Education students holding ...

Ethnic Studies cuts date back to 2008 crisis

March 2, 2016 News

As students meet to organize against potential spending cuts at the College of Ethnic Studies, SF State officials are cautioning that the issue is more multi-faceted than it appears. “What’s been happening is the College of Ethnic Studies has been spending more than its budget allocation, and the University has been covering that with reserve ...

Students will suffer from Ethnic Studies financial woes

March 1, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

SF State has been in turmoil since it was announced last week that the historic College of Ethnic Studies would face budgetary restrictions in the coming fiscal year. Students and faculty presented President Leslie E. Wong with a list of demands, marched in protest and held several meetings to develop a strategy to fight any ...

Update: Students meet as financial issues loom for Ethnic Studies

February 23, 2016 News 1 Comment

Graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies met Tuesday to discuss and finalize their demands in the face of financial difficulty for the college. Students and faculty learned last week that the College of Ethnic Studies is facing financial difficulty and may face cuts, the Golden Gate Xpress previously reported. According to ...

College of Ethnic Studies to host fundraiser in celebration of 46th anniversary

November 9, 2015 News

In 1968, SF State experienced University-defining change. As racial dynamics in the United States changed radically, SF State students banded together to fight for a curriculum reflective of the diversity of the campus. After five hard-fought months of protest and conflict, the College of Ethnic Studies was formed in the fall of 1969. To celebrate and ...

Housing must not isolate disadvantaged students

October 14, 2015 Opinion

Diversity has always been at the core of our university’s values. In November, SF State will celebrate the 46th anniversary of the College of Ethnic Studies, the only one of its kind. The school was just ranked No. 24 on Best College Reviews’ list of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. As we ...

Nearly 50 years later, students remember campus protest

February 27, 2015 Multimedia News

Hundreds of students cried “On strike, shut it down,” fists raised to the sky as they marched through Malcolm X Plaza while they passed police officers donning riot gear. This is what SF State looked like from November 1968 to March 1969. Nearly 50 years have passed since the 1968 strike, but current Black Student Union members ...

New art exhibit displays ’60s student protests at SF State

December 3, 2013 Life 1 Comment

[set_id=72157638336845403] It’s been 45 years since the longest campus strike in U.S. History took place at SF State and to this day it remains an honored, historical University event. Monday, Dec. 2, Catherine Powell, director of the Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC) and exhibition curator, hosted the opening ceremony for the exhibit, “Striking Images: ...

Pioneer TV journalist Belva Davis returns to SF State

October 22, 2013

Belva Davis, a TV journalist who reported on SF State’s ethnic studies student riots, made a return to campus to present her new memoir chronicling a 50-year career in the Bay Area as the first black female TV journalist in the West. Six SF State departments sponsored the event. Africana studies, cinema, broadcast and electronic ...

College of Ethnic Studies honor community leaders at 43rd anniversary

October 8, 2012 News 1 Comment

The College of Ethnic Studies celebrated its 43rd anniversary by honoring six community leaders and five SF State student leaders on Oct. 7 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco. Attendees were treated to live jazz by a quartet, solos by Lawrence Beaman from America’s Got Talent, food and a silent auction to benefit the ...