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Morning Briefing: Cal State Faculty Pushes For Anti-Racist Policies

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Faculty at Cal State University are pushing for anti-racist policies to be adopted across the school’s system. The suggested changes include making ethnic studies courses a requirement for graduation, defunding and disarming campus police, and offering free tuition to Black and Indigenous students.

The effort is being led by the union that represents the system’s faculty.

So far, CSU administrators have pushed back, suggesting that students should be required to take a general social justice course instead of ethnic studies. But Sharon Elise, the union's associate vice president of racial and social justice and a sociology professor at CSU San Marcos, says ethnic studies in particular would be a step towards greater understanding of racial disparities.

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Ethnic studies "are explicitly linked to the struggles of people of color in society," Elise told Marina Peña. "These programs emerged from those struggles, and they express the academic side of those struggles."

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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