Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies

Associated Students President Jackie Foley, Chief Justice Craig Williams, and Former Dean Kenneth Monteiro at the SF State College of Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversaries Launch, Febraury 11, 2018.tudent advocacy and empowerment by naming a scholarship in his name and bestowing honorary membership to the board.

Above: Associated Students President Jackie Foley, Associated Students Chief Justice Craig Williams, and Dr. Kenneth Monteiro at the launch event for the College of Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary, February 11, 2018.

Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies

The College of Ethnic Studies is proud to announce the establishment of the Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies with a generous gift from the Associated Students of San Francisco State University. The scholarship endowment honors Dr. Kenneth P. Monteiro for his long-time commitment to mentoring student leaders at SF State and for his outstanding service and dedication to student advocacy and empowerment, especially for underserved communities.

The Kenneth P. Monteiro–Associated Students Scholarship Endowment in Ethnic Studies will recognize, and provide financial assistance to, students who are similarly committed to advancing and empowering our diverse communities. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded annually to students who excel in the application of both academics and activism for the advancement and empowerment of marginalized communities. Particular emphasis will be on work addressing the intersectionality between race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or socioeconomic class. SF State upper division and graduate students in any major who have completed at least six units in the College of Ethnic Studies and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 or higher preferred) are eligible to apply.

Stay tuned for the inaugural scholarship application!

Kenneth P. Monteiro, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth P. Monteiro is former dean of the College of Ethnic Studies – the only college of ethnic studies in the nation – and is currently acting director of the College’s César E. Chávez Institute. Previously at SF State, Dr. Monteiro was university dean of Human Relations and chair of the Department of Psychology.

Before teaching at SF State, Dr. Monteiro was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Rutgers University at New Brunswick. Dr. Monteiro received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in experimental psychology with a specialization in cognitive psychology, and his bachelor’s degree cum laude (A.B.) in psychology from Dartmouth College. 

Throughout his 40-year professional career, he has passionately advocated for fully accessible and relevant public education. He has taught an estimated 10,000 students.

Dr. Monteiro served for over ten years on the Associated Students and Student Center Governing Boards as either the faculty or administrative representative. He served either on the board, as a faculty consultant or on the committee for each of the murals on the exterior of the César Chávez Student Center. For almost 20 years, he taught a leadership course for Associated Students board members and later for Associated Students’ Project Connect. In February 2018, the Associated Students bestowed on Dr. Monteiro an honorary membership to their Board of Directors.

Dr. Monteiro has published in a range of areas including emotion and memory; culture and thought; ethnic, racial, gender and sexual identity; and academic and reading achievement for African American, Asian American and Latino youth. His edited text, Ethnicity and Psychology: African, Asian, Latino and Native American Psychologies, has been used nationally to bridge ethnic studies and psychology courses addressing these communities.

He has served two terms as a national board member for the Association of Black Psychologists and is the immediate past president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. He is also a board member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and coordinator of the California State University Ethnic Studies Council.

Dr. Monteiro and his partner, Rev. Dr. Perry Lang, reside in San Francisco. They were 2013 San Francisco Pride Marshalls, and have three children and three grandchildren.

For information on establishing and supporting scholarship funds, please contact Alex Sanchez, Director of Development, at or 415-338-1032.