College of Ethnic Studies

student with a poster that says "built by immigrants"The College of Ethnic Studies was established in Fall 1969 through the efforts of dedicated students, faculty and community members. The four departments and one program - Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, American Indian Studies and Race and Resistance Studies - offer over 175 courses each semester to meet the needs of 6,000 students. Our curriculum assists students who want to complete their general education; pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies; teach subjects in elementary, secondary, community and college level institutions or critically inform their professional and vocational skills in areas such as business, social welfare, law and medicine.

The ethnic studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives. This is implemented through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty, and members of the community invested in meaningful education who provide resources and curricula to the University and the community at-large.

Our curriculum fosters both a comprehensive understanding of the unique experiences of American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, and Latina/Latinos in the United States and intersectional analysis amongst the different communities.

The College of Ethnic Studies is home to more than 100 faculty and staff members, including 42 tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 students in departments ranging from Africana Studies to Race and Resistance Studies.

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Dean, College of Ethnic Studies  Dr. Amy Sueyoshi

amy sueyoshiDean Amy Sueyoshi was appointed dean of the College of Ethnic Studies in January 2018. She has been an SF State faculty member since 2002 and the associate dean of the college since 2012.   

Amy’s research interests lie primarily at the intersection of Asian American and queer studies.  She is a founding co-curator of the GLBT History Museum, the first queer history museum in the United States, and the recipient of the Willie Walker Award for service to the GLBT Historical Society. She also initiated the Dragon Fruit Project, a community oral history project for API Equality Northern California, a queer Asian Pacific Islander advocacy group in San Francisco Chinatown.  In 2017, Amy was a Community Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride.

Sueyoshi holds a Ph.D. in history from University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University.