Report and Discussion

Thursday, March 6, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building 116, San Francisco State University

From members of the North American Based Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine 2014:


Rabab Abdulhadi (Race and Resistance Studies)
Joanne Barker (American Indian Studies)
Jaime Veve (labor activist)
Rasmyah Hammoudeh (Palestinian Youth Movement)

During January 2014, a delegation of six academics and one labor rights activist based in the U.S. and Canada went to the West Bank and the 1948 areas of Palestine. Each delegate came to bear witness to the political and economic realities confronting Palestinians as a result of Israel’s occupation of their homeland and to build working relationships and solidarities with Palestinian scholars, artists, and activists consistent with their 2005 call for “a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights” ( Several of the delegates are members of the Asian American Studies Association, the American Studies Association, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and were active in securing their association’s resolutions in support of the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (ACBI).Repeatedly, delegates experienced and witnessed the realities of Israeli apartheid, racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, and undermining of Palestinian rights. This report will provide a brief reflection on those experiences and a public reaffirmation of our support for resolute actions in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.


Posted February 5, 2014 2:09 PM


Call for Proposals for the 42nd Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference

Mills College, April 3-5, 2014 (Proposal submission due December 15, 2013)


This year’s conference theme “Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies seeks to restore and renew our critical purpose and commitment to self-determination, social justice and intersectional praxis that can unlock the power and knowledge of our own communities both within and outside of academia.  The sacredness of research as a ceremony calls upon each of us to foster solidarity, relational ethics, and counter-hegemonic knowledges and models of resistance. We will convene a national Ethnic Studies Congress with the addition of encouraging presenters to propose Tech-Ins, workshops, research, presentations among community-based organizers, scholars tribal leaders, youth leaders, policymakers, and Talking Circles to include a range of voices such as  academics, artists, and activists in conversation.  We invite proposals that address the following themes: Research Justice, Decolonizing Ethnic Studies, Critical Intersectionality.  See for details. 


Posted November 22, 2013 3:19 PM



POP! Producing Our Power, Performing Asian American Culture

Two different shows! Monday, December 9 and Thursday, December 12 at 6 PM


Video, dance, spoken word, skits, and more by students in AAS 218 Asian American Culture in Jack Adams Hall, San Francisco State University. Suggested donation: $5-15. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit survivors of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.





Posted December 4, 2013 1:20 PM



DVAN Holiday Fundraiser

Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:00-10 PM


Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network will be holding its annual fundraiser on December 14, 2013 from 7pm to 11pm at the Infinity Complex Reception Room in San Francisco to celebrate the publication of Andrew Lam’s Birds of Paradise Lost and Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora  edited by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam B. Lam, and Kathy L. Nguyen. Admission is $25. Visit to purchase tickets.

Posted November 22, 2013 11:22 PM



Artivism Empowering Mind, Body, and Soul: Looking Within and Reaching Outwards


Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7 PM


Video, dance, spoken word, skits, and more by students in AAS 514 Asian American Community Arts Workshop at Bindlestiff Studios, 185 6th Street in San Francisco. Reception follows performance. Suggested donation: $5-15. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit survivors of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.



Posted December 4, 2013 1:20 PM


Free Screening of "State of Arizona" and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 5:00-6:30 PM


Join KQED, the Latina/Latino Studies DepartmentA.S.I.I.D.E.A.S., and the Latinos Unidos Coalition in a screening of a 40 minute excerpt of “The State of Arizona” and a panel discussion at the Coppola Theater in the Fine Arts Building on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 5:00-6:30 PM. “The State of Arizona” is a vérité documentary which captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values. A panel discussion with Dr. Teresa Carrillo, Ana Morales, Emmanuel Valenciano, and moderator Dr. Belinda Reyes will follow. Doors open at 4:30pm.


Posted November 22, 2013 11:22 PM



Apply to be the inaugural Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice

In recognition of the legacy of Robert A. Corrigan’s twenty four years of leadership as the University’s 12th president, George and Judy Marcus have established the Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice to advance San Francisco State University’s distinctive mission. SFSU distinguishes itself from other institutions of higher education in its commitment to social justice. The College of Ethnic Studies, the only such college in the nation, has been a longstanding leader in promoting academic excellence that empowers and advances communities of color and indigenous people. The Corrigan Visiting Professor, housed within the College of Ethnic Studies, will advance the theory and practice of social justice as one of the university’s guiding principles.  For a brief biography of President-emeritus Robert A. Corrigan visit the Corrigan Biography Page.


Position Description

The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice will be a scholar who is firmly engaged in cutting edge academic, educational and community initiatives that promote social justice and advance the aspirations of people of African American/Black ancestry.  The visiting professor will be expected to contribute and enrich the work of faculty, students and constituent communities of the College of Ethnic Studies by advancing the theoretical framework, expression or practice of social justice. The awardee will be assigned as a fellow to the Cesar Chavez Institute in the College of Ethnic Studies for a term of six months to one year (stipend prorated to time commitment). 


In addition to teaching one course per semester, the Corrigan Visiting Professor will deliver one public lecture or performance each semester, and participate in select activities related to the promotion of the Visiting Professorship. Successful candidates will be those who can best address the theoretical and practical impact to relevant constituent communities, their engagement with SFSU students and collaboration with SFSU faculty.  Candidates should clearly address how this visiting professorship will advance their career and how their advanced leadership will help to reshape the field.

The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor will enhance the University’s reputation as a premier public urban institution dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and community engagement for equity and social justice.

Annual stipend (prorated for shorter terms):  $100,000 to be used either as direct compensation to the visitor or applied to work related expenses (e.g. professional materials, student/staff support, travel). This stipend may be received concurrently with other support that is complementary to the intent of this visiting professorship (e.g. grants, sabbatical leaves or other professional awards).


Application Process

The successful candidate will possess the appropriate educational and professional background to document excellence in his/her field of expertise (Ph.D., MFA, or other professionally reviewed equivalency). 

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter explaining the aims, purposes, methodologies and impact of the project that they intend to advance during their visiting professorship; curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and three sample publications or representations of their scholarly, creative or applied work. Forward materials electronically to, ATTN: Office of the Dean, Corrigan Visiting Professorship Search Committee.


San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty members are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship and/or creative work.

The College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU is the only such College of its kind in the nation and one of only two in the world.  The College is an emancipatory liberal arts college, meaning it addresses scholarship from the perspective of the intellectual traditions, in service to the needs and in a manner that supports the liberation of our constituent communities.

SFSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor Description Word Document

Posted March 9, 2016 12:35 PM