50th Anniversary (2018-2019)

50 years and beyond 1968-2018 A people united will never be divided.  Students protesting SF State quad in 1968
The College of Ethnic Studies is organizing a year-long series of events to commemorate the 1968-1969 student-led strikes. Our aim is to highlight the social justice movements that gave birth to and continue to support the principles upon which the College stands, and to promote the further development of the field of Ethnic Studies.

Main Events 

Our main Fall semester event is on November 8-10, 2018 and registration is now open.

The main Spring semester event will be on March 21-23, 2019. Those two months mark the beginning and end dates of the BSU/TWLF student-led strike that resulted in the creation of the College.

The agenda for the November 8-10 opening event is below.

Relevant Education BSU/TWLF

Opening Plenary Session

Veterans/Strikers Panel
Recalling the BSU/TWLF Strike and its Objectives

Danny Glover

Keynote Address by Danny Glover

American actor, film director, and political activist.


Thursday 11/8

  • 5-7 pm Reception

Friday 11/9

  • 9-10 am Opening/Welcome. Continental breakfast
  • 10 am-12:00 Plenary Panel: Veteran Strikers - Recalling the BSU/TWLF Strike and its Objectives
  • 12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm Panel: Intergenerational dialogue between Veterans, Students and Faculty
  • 2:15-3:30 pm Panel: Role of Women in the '68 Strike
  • 3:45-5:00 pm Panel: Reflections on the Legacy of the BSU/TWLF Strike. Viewing of excerpts of the film Agents of Change

Saturday 11/10

  • 9:30 -10:00 am Arrival, pastries/coffee station, opening comments
  • 10:00-11:30 am Panel: The Impact of the 1968 BSU/TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies on the 2016 Bataan Legacy Curriculum
  • 12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch and Keynote Speech by Danny Glover: SFSU/CoES: Expanding our Boundaries - Our Global Role and Responsibility
  • 1:00-2:30 pm  Panel: Relevance of the SF State 1968 BSU/TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies Today in San Francisco Secondary Schools
  • 2:45-4:00 pm The Influence of the 1968 TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies in Choosing Careers related to Social Justice, Community Service, and Public Service

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Individuals and organizations interested in proposing and working on a specific activity after November 10, formally affiliated with the College's Commemoration, are invited to submit their idea to the Planning Committee here.

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Are you already planning an event related to the student activist movements of 1968-69, and want to publicize your event with us? It will be listed for free on the Community 50th calendar in the upper right corner of this page.

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