A lot has changed in the 50 years since the strike at San Francisco State University brought about the country’s first ethnic studies program. Today, ethnic etudies courses are offered nationwide.
As for SF State, the department expanded to include classes like Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, and Race and Resistance studies.
Laureen Chew, the retired Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State, talked about the progress we've made and the challenges we face today.
You can view archival news footage and photos from the SFSU strike at the online San Francisco State College Strike Collection.