CSU Council on Ethnic Studies


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CoES is honored to be the host campus for the California State University Ethnic Studies Council, an alliance of all ethnic studies-focussed departments, programs and faculty across our 23 campuses.

The Council is a collaborative forum for addressing the varied needs on each campus – both those with fully established departments as well as those in the process of developing new ethnic studies programs and curricula. Membership is available to all CSU faculty currently teaching in the field ethnic studies. 


For the purpose of this Council's focus, "Ethnic Studies" is not conceived as being synonymous with all studies or topics about race or ethnicity.  It refers to studies or topics which (1) address the resistance and liberation struggles based on race or ethnicity, (2) center themselves through the lens of those studied, not just as object, but as agents within the study or topic, (3) promotes the well-being of the people, (4) empowers the people to achieve their self-defined aspirations, and (5) can be used to improve the lives of the people studied.


Between the twice-annual meetings, Council business is coordinated by a Steering Committee, currently comprised of the following faculty:

Melina Abdullah Los Angeles
Scott Andrew Northridge
Teresa Carrillo San Francisco
Linda Espana Maram Long Beach
Maulana Karenga Long Beach
Kenneth Monteiro, Coordinator San Francisco
Boatamo Mosupyoe Sacramento
Marcos Pizarro San Jose
Craig Stone Long Beach


The Council's next meeting will be in San Francisco in October, 2019, coinciding with the 4-day CoES 50th Anniversary event. This meeting will include presentations on the current state and future direction of ethnic studies in CSU, using the CSU Task Force Report on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies as its reference point. Registration for the meeting will be available by the end of summer.

For further information on the Council, please contact Miguel Casuso, administrative coordinator.