Celebrations of the Class of 2020 in the College of Ethnic Studies

Rites of Passage by Joanne Barker

The Departments of the College of Ethnic Studies are celebrating 2020 Graduates!



Three of our graduates received special honors at Commencement:

  • Randella Louise Jones, Bachelor of Arts in Race and Resistance Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Music, recipient of the Undergraduate Hood from the College of Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Jasmin Vargas, Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, recipient of the Undergraduate Hood from the College of Ethnic Studies
  • Sarah Gowing, Masters of Arts in Ethnic Studies, recipient of the Graduate Hood from the College of Ethnic Studies


From the Dean's Office

Congratulations, class of 2020!

There is no doubt that the class of 2020 is truly remarkable. You have survived a tornado of uncertainty, frustration, sadness, and rage to obtain your college degrees in its final hour. How does one rise up from not only a global pandemic but also white supremacy to take hold of an education that enables you to think critically and act deliberately?

As you graduate, show the world what a resilient change agent looks like, as you continue to inspire all of us to take better care of ourselves and our communities through innovation and “speaking truth to power,” a call for non-violent protest against authoritarian and oppressive regimes.

The term "speaking truth to power" was first popularized by African American Quaker and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who used the phrase in his 1952 publication of a pamphlet he co-authored with other members of the American Friends Service Committee. A year later, Rustin’s namewas expunged from the pamphlet’s authorship when authorities arrested him for committing “homosexual acts.”

As you embark on your own journey, never be erased. Stand for your values at your work place, in your families, and in your community engagements, even after everyone else has sat down. Remain committed to the project of social justice that SF State has enlivened in you. Continue to lead us into a world more loving and just for those particularly vulnerable to structural violence. Congratulations, class of 2020. We have much work ahead!

Dean Amy Sueyoshi

Associate Dean Catriona Rueda Esquibel