Shared Principles


Founded on the principle of liberation via self-determination, The College of Ethnic Studies emerged from a collective struggle begun over 50 years ago by the Third World Liberation Front and the Black Student Union during the 1968 Strike. 

  • We educate, create, and seek wisdom and knowledge in order to critically assess legacies of colonization and empire.  

  • We empower our students to become ethical, effective, social justice artist-activist-scholars and empathetic leaders who speak truth to power. 

  • We collaborate with our students, colleagues, and communities to liberate ourselves and create conditions for the liberation of others from systemic, intersectional, and hierarchical oppressions; in doing so, we foreground healing and transformative justice work. 

You can read more about our shared principles in the slide presentation below.