CSU Council on Ethnic Studies


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CoES is honored to be the host campus for the California State University (CSU) Council on Ethnic Studies (CES), 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 CSU Ethnic Studies departments or units. 


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.


 The purpose of The California State University Council on Ethnic Studies (CSUCES) is to: 

A.  advance the discipline(s) of Ethnic Studies with focus on sharing and diffusion of the knowledge and critical understanding of the histories, cultures, intellectual traditions, lived-experiences, and social struggles of the four historically racialized core ethnic groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Latina/o Americans;

B. establish academic and professional standards to define the parameters of the discipline and to guide teaching, research, assessments, self-study, concepts of multicultural education, and modes of community and public engagement; 

C.  promote research, study, teaching, learning, scholarly exchange, curriculum design, multicultural quality education, publication, and professional development of faculty and students in the discipline; 

D.   monitor and support the status, viability, well-being, and sustainability of Ethnic Studies units in the academia and,

E.  link scholarship, teaching, learning, and community and public engagement through advocacy, activism, policy development, ongoing community capacity-building and involvement with issues, institutions organizations, and movements concerned with building strong, self-affirming and resilient communities, a just and equitable multicultural society, and a good and sustainable world. 



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, Chair San Francisco
Boatamo Mosupyoe Sacramento
Marcos Pizarro San Jose
Craig Stone Long Beach


For further information on the Council, please contact Kenneth Monteiro, Chair, CSUCES.



 CSU Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies

Weber Bill AB1460 Requiring Ethnic Studies in the CSU (status: passed and approved by the Governor August 17, 2020)

Research demonstrating succeeding in Ethnic Studies courses dramatically associated with higher graduation rates at SFSU

Independent evaluation research demonstrating that the SFUSD/SFSU Ethnic Studies course in the high school significantly improves student academic performance

Transformative Ethnic Studies (Sleeter and Zavala, 2020). Review and analyses of Ethnic Studies success, primarily but not exclusively in K-12 settings.

CSUCES IWG Communications Weblink: An excellent resource both for archived important documents particularly related to the implementation of the Weber Bill AB1460, which requires Ethnic Studies in the CSU, and updates on current or upcoming CSUCES actions advancing the implementation process.