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SFSU Magazine Online, Spring/Summer  2004, Volume 4, Number 1.

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Campus BeatThe Renamed Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building. Photo by Susanne Panasik

Building Reveals its True Identity

There's a Chinese proverb that states "the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name." Last year, a group of ethnic studies students decided it was time for the campus to get wise. Their College's building -- long known as the Psychology building -- needed a name that would reflect both Colleges housed inside. Led by grad student Carlos Hagedorn, the determined group spent a semester drumming up student support and meeting with department chairs and deans across campus before they gave a presentation to the president's senior management team. The hard work of their "We Are Ethnic Studies" organization paid off in May, when the words ethnic studies and psychology were affixed above the building's main entrance in large bronze letters. "We are the birthplace of ethnic studies and creation of the College helped put San Francisco State on the map," says Hagedorn, adding that the new name on the building gives students across campus "a sense of pride and a sense of identity."

-- Ted DeAdwyler


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