Ethnic Studies Empowerment Certificate

The College of Ethnic Studies offers an undergraduate certificate in Ethnic Studies for incarcerated youth in collaboration with Project Rebound and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Through the certificate program, the college is helping with lowering recidivism rates and empowering incarcerated youth to become change agents for their communities. Studies show that a liberal arts education lowers recidivism rates more so than a technical degree.

The College of Ethnic Studies, which was founded with principles of culturally relevant and accessible education, takes pride in offering transformative degree programs that resonate with students’ present-day issues. Our classes bring a broader context to the struggles that our students face, and simultaneously inspire them to take action. Through our curriculum we shed light on structural inequalities and ask students to seriously consider ways in which they can participate in social change through movement-building.

The certificate program consists of four online courses (12 units) in Ethnic Studies taught by SF State faculty that will fulfill lower division general education requirements at any California State University. Students in the program will receive special assistance with admission into SF State after completing the certificate.

For more information on making a donation, please contact Alex Sanchez at or call 415-338-1032. 

For information about participating in the Ethnic Studies Empowerment Certificate program, please email