College of Ethnic Studies


The College of Ethnic Studies was established in Fall 1969 through the efforts of dedicated students, faculty, and community members.

The five departments and one program - Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, American Indian Studies, and Race and Resistance Studies - offer over 175 courses each semester to meet the needs of 6000 students. Our curriculum assists students complete their general education; pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies; teach subjects in elementary, secondary, community and college level institutions; or critically inform their professional and vocational skills in areas such as business, social welfare, law, and medicine.

The ethnic studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives. This is implemented through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty, and members of the community invested in meaningful education who provide resources and curricula to the university and the community at-large.

Our curriculum fosters both a comprehensive understanding of the unique experiences of American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, and Latina/Latinos in the United States and intersectional analysis amongst the different communities.


College of Ethnic Studies Funding Initiatives

Studens at Commencement


Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending the University.

SFSU Ethnic Studies building

National Institutes for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies & Social Justice

The Institutes will promote advancements in scholarship, creative works, pedagogy, curricula and academic activism that serve to advance justice for constituent communities.

SFSU Ethnic Studies building

Community University
Empowerment Fund (CUE)

CUE provides seed grants to innovative, socially engaged projects that improve conditions and the quality of life for communities of color.

Members of the SFSU community distributing information

Queer Ethnic
Studies Initiative

The Initiative is part of the College’s strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, support graduate student scholarship, and investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.



An original SF State striker, Juanita Tamayo Lott (B.A. ’70) played an instrumental role in the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies. She is also a generous donor to the college, and the author of a book about the strike: "Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State. A Memoir."

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.

While an undergraduate at SF State, Arianna received multiple scholarships, including two University scholarships, the Annetta & Gertie Jolivette Empowerment Scholarship, and the College of Health and Social Sciences/Associated Students scholarship.

CoES Associate Professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade has had a busy year! Last spring, he was named the 2019 Brock Internaional Prize in Education Leaureate and this November he was featured in the New York Times. Read about his work and link through to the New York Times article.

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For more information about donating to the College of Ethnic Studies:


Alex Sanchez

Director of Development
College of Ethnic Studies
Phone: (415) 338-1032