The Department of Ethnic Studies
Critical Race and Resistance Studies
The program in Race and Resistance Studies offers coursework that examines how institutions—such as education, healthcare, penal systems, and popular culture—affect and frequently oppress communities of color and Native peoples. More importantly, students examine the creative and complex ways in communities of color and Native peoples respond and resist institutional and social inequality. In doing so, program curriculum explores how domestic issues are shaped by transnational processes and how oppressions and resistances are shaped by intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. The Race and Resistance Studies Program offers a minor undergraduate degree. Additionally, the program houses new areas of study that may become free-standing units. Currently, we are in the midst of implementing our newest initiative in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora (AMED).
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas
As an academic, intellectual and communal space, AMED is our collective home. Your continued involvement and support will facilitate the realization of our academic goals of becoming the first tenuring department in Arab and Muslim Studies anywhere in the world—a department that takes pride in its rootedness in, and accountability to our diverse communities among whom we live, to whom we belong, and from whose textured lives, experiences and trials and tribulations we draw the rich material for our research, writing, teaching, and academic progress.
AMED departs from the dominant trend in Arab and Muslim Studies as the study of foreign communities in a confined geographical area. We view Arabs and Muslims as organic members of the larger communities of color within the US, in the Americas, and transnationally across other Diasporas. Housed in the College of Ethnic Studies, AMED’s unique vision is framed within a justice-centered perspective, which is essential to the study of Arab and Muslim communities. AMED is committed to reciprocity and strong collaboration between university and non-university communities. The Palestinian Cultural Mural honoring the late Professor Edward Said is a case in point: Initiated and spearheaded by SFSU students, the project survived as a result of a collective efforts by coalition of university- and community-based groups and individuals.
Our public and educational programs extend beyond campus boundaries and are steeped in the belief that it is our responsibility to share the knowledge we produce and reproduce with our multiple publics, to contribute to a better understanding of Arab and Muslim experiences and concerns in North America, to promote a culture of justice, dignity, tolerance, and peace, and to deepen a sense of fairness, ethics, and solidarity among and between our communities.