|The 1968-69 Strike|
In 1968-69, students of the black student union and third world liberation front, staff and faculty, as well as members from the larger Bay Area community, organized and lead a series of actions to protest systematic discriminiation, lack of access, neglect, and misrepresentation of histories cultures and knowledge of indigenous peoples and communities of color within the univeristy's curriculum and programs. Their specific demands included the establishment of our departments - Asian American Studies, Black Studies, La Raza Studies, Native American Studies - in Ethnic Studies. These demands reflected a respect for the diverse intellectual traditions and cultural expressions of the scholars, activists, and artists of communities of color and indigenous people throughout the U.S., and a fierce commitment to the concept of self-determination through education.
The faculty, students, and staff of the college recognize and affirm the principles of community-based research and teaching, student leadership and activism, and the serf-determination of communities of color and indigenous peoples on which the college was founded. This affirmation includes respect for the holistic and integrative educational models, epistemologies, ecologies, and world views of our diverse communities and peoples.