Belva Davis: Donor Profile

Belva Davis was accepted into SF State in the 1950s, but could not afford the cost of college. Instead, she began a career in journalism, eventually becoming the first female African American television reporter in the Western U.S. Belva worked as a news anchor for a number of Bay Area radio and TV stations in a career that spans nearly five decades. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker at the SF State Commencement.

In 2018, Belva donated $10,000 to the College of Ethnic Studies to honor Ken Monteiro's long tenure as Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, and the college's 50th-anniversary celebrations. She also made the generous donation of an archive of her work, including a collection of papers, memorabilia, and video images documenting her distinguished career in 2015. Her collection can be viewed at

Belva Davis at her commencement
“Don't be afraid of that space between your dreams and reality. If you dream it, you can make it so.”-Belva Davis, 2014 SF State commencement speaker

For more information about the College of Ethnic Studies scholarships, contact:

Alex Sánchez ( He/Him/His )
Executive Director of Development
College of Ethnic Studies
(415) 338-1032