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Ethnic Studies




SF State College Strike, also referred to as the Third World Strike, was a six-month walkout and protest that embraced the concerns of minority students to establishment of the country’s first College of Ethnic Studies.


College of Ethnic Studies - San Francisco State University. 

Where our discipline began

In 1968 and 1969 the Black Student Union, select staff and faculty and members from the larger Bay Area community, organized and lead a series of actions against systematic discrimination. Protestors spoke out against lack of access, misrepresentation, and the overall neglect of indigenous peoples and people of color within the university's curriculum and programs. Their specific demands included the establishment of four departments: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, and La Raza Studies within a College of Ethnic Studies. These demands reflected a respect for the diverse intellectual traditions and cultural expressions of scholars, activists, and artists of color and indigenous people throughout the United States.

(Statement from the website of the College of Ethnic Studies - San Francisco State University)



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