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San Francisco State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, California 94132
(415) 338-1111
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School Information
"In 1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in nation to require high school diploma for admission." The university enrolls over 28,800 students, has over 1,900 faculty, and offers bachelors degrees in 72 academic areas, masters degrees in 62 areas, two doctoral programs, 16 credential programs, and 41 certificate programs across its seven schools. (Source:
General Information
SFSU leadership have taken political action in support of anti-racist causes. In addition to re-allocating funds from policing and giving them to Black Lives Matter, university leadership has come out in support of the repeal of Proposition 209, a measure which prohibits racial discrimination in education. Additionally, the university announced a "fluid BLM agenda" although it has released specific details about the agenda. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Over 400 faculty members attended the "How to be an Anti-Racist University" 2021 Winter Faculty Retreat.
  • According to the university's Black Lives Matter Spring 2021 report, "The Office of Faculty Affairs just completed its inaugural Faculty of Color Retention Program in which 14 Chairs participated in AY-long programming, including a CFA-run training on anti-racism, a faculty panel discussion on institutional racism, and Faculty Learning Communities focused on BLM and anti-racism in the university context. This was funded by a grant from the Chancellor’s Office, but the intent is to institutionalize it. It will continue next year."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its 2023-2024 Academic Bulletin, SFSU requires lower-division general education students to take three units in Ethnic Studies, which includes such courses as "Critical Race Theory & Critical Black Consciousness" and "Power, Racism, and Africana Liberation."
Disciplinary Measures
  • According to the university's Black Lives Matter Spring 2021 report, the "Bias Incident Education Team launched in February 2021."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • According to the university's Black Lives Matter Spring 2021 report, "Once faculty searches begin again in 2021-2022, all faculty search committees will engage in the training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Further, all search committees will be required to submit search plans that document efforts directed at increasing the diversity of candidate pools. Additionally, similar training has been implemented for all Student Affairs & Enrollment Management search committees, and other non-academic search committees."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Reallocating funds from policing and giving them to Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Initiatives.
  • University President openly advocates for the repeal of Proposition 209 (A measure which amended the California State Constitution to prohibit discrimination in areas including public education.
  • The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning has a page dedicated to Black Lives Matter which features a picture of BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. The Center states that it is "in solidarity with those harmed by state violence, particularly Black men, women, and gender non-binary people" and that "George Floyd, Tony McDade, Yassin Mohamed, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Steven Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop and so many others have been murdered by the police, by vigilantes and those emboldened by them."
  • On August 2, 2023, SFSU News reported that the newly appointed Assistant Dean for the College of Science & Engineering would be "tasked with institutionalizing an anti-racist multicultural community within the college."
Program and Research Funding
  • The College of Ethnic Studies has a Race, Empowerment, and Justice (REJ) Project, which "supports faculty development in the College of Ethnic Studies in teaching, research, and creative projects. Within the College of Ethnic Studies, the Race, Empowerment, and Justice (REJ) Project supports faculty, units, departments and the college with projects that are extramurally funded."
  • The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) offers a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Micro-Course that "focuses on strategies for developing coursework, choosing resources and designing anti-racist programs that consider the wide variability of learners in higher education. Note, micro-courses are short courses that focus on one topic. The format is primarily asynchronous with one optional Zoom session, where faculty can share synchronous teaching strategies with colleagues." Faculty receive a $250 stipend upon completion.
  • The university's Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) offers a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion PIE Institute which covers "accessibility and universal design for learning; microaggressions in teaching practices; anti-racism in designing assignments and assessments; and centering student voice and experience. Participants will receive expert feedback on their responses to prompts, as well as the opportunity for individual consultations via office hours." Faculty receive a $1,250 stipend upon completion.
  • The Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts hosts the "Sinclair Broadcast Group 2023 Broadcast Diversity Scholarship" ($5,000) which "aims to invest in the future of the broadcast industry and help students from diverse backgrounds, who reflect Sinclair’s audiences nationwide, complete their education and pursue careers in broadcast journalism, digital storytelling, and marketing."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • According to the university's Black Lives Matter Spring 2021 report, the university is still undergoing "Ongoing work to update and evolve UPD and Campus Safety." Current UPD officers and staff go through training on "Implicit Bias" and "Racism, Anti-Blackness, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Undocumented/Citizenship Status, and Trans Awareness," among other topics.
  • University Faculty and Staff compile reading list, including books which accuse America of systemic racism.
  • University released a BLM agenda timetable which includes student workshops on combating white supremacy and anti-racism programming.
  • The university's Center for Science and Math Education held an event titled "Community Learning Event: Anti-Racism in STEM Teaching at SFSU" to "develop individual and collective plans to actualize our commitments for anti-racist STEM teaching in the 2021-2022 school year."
  • The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) offers "Anti-Racist Pedagogy Resources" and says, "A curated list of resources to support anti-racist teaching, because 'The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist’' (Ibram X Kendi)."
  • In a Chronicle of Higher Education job listing for an "Assistant Professor in Communication, Performance, and Race," the university says, "We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their scholarship/creative work, teaching, and service -- to anti-racism, inclusion, diversity, educational equity, and academic excellence."
  • According to the university's Black Lives Matter Spring 2021 report, the "International Education and Black Unity Center presented collaborative workshops on Anti-Blackness in International Student Communities, Understanding Black Lives Matter in the U.S., and Understanding Intersectionality of Race, Class, Gender in the U.S." Additionally, the "Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services hosted training and workshops to address Black community issues: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Understanding Anti-Blackness in AAPI Communities, and Inter-Ethnic Solidarity." Additionally, "Equity & Community Inclusion facilitated the Leadership for Social Justice series in 2020-2021, a series to provide training opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to reflect on campus climate(inclusive of Black student experience)."
  • Shanice Robinson is a faculty lecturer whose work is "uniquely framed within Critical Race Theory (CRT) perspectives, emphasizing the role of race and racism in the analysis of societal institutions."
  • The College of Liberal and Creative Arts offers a minor in "Critical Social Thought" which is described as follows: "Critical social theory challenges contemporary forms of political-economic power. In coursework and internships, the Minor in Critical Social Thought program draws from Marxism, socialism, anarchism, the Frankfurt School, radical environmentalism...feminism, queer theory, postcolonial and subaltern studies, disability studies, critical race theory, theories of art and visual representation, and other systems of thought that pay attention to the questions of power and exploitation in world politics, culture, economics, and the formation of identities."
  • SFSU offers a B.A. in "Race and Resistance Studies" which "examines both the race-related processes that underlie many social problems and the multiple forms of resistance and struggle aimed at achieving racial social justice."
  • The Equity and Community Inclusion Unit at SFSU is "responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating a broad range of sustained programs, initiatives, events and activities designed to...promote equity and inclusion" and "advance social justice...for all of our students."
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services at SFSU "advocates and creates opportunities for access and visibility for our students and works in partnership with the College of Ethnic Studies."
Last updated January 8th, 2024
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