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Faculty to lawmakers: Ethnic Studies programs are struggling, need investment

More than 80 faculty, students, lawmakers and legislative staff crowded a hearing in the Capitol March 23 to hear an update on Black and Ethnic Studies within the CSU, UC and community college systems.

The goal of the hearing, said Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, was to ensure the departments and programs are continuing to thrive.

Weber, a former faculty member at San Diego State, and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty took testimony from expert panelists, including Dr. Charles Toombs, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at San Diego State, and Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Cal State Long Beach. 

Toombs, Vice President-elect of CFA, told Weber that programs are struggling. 

“In a time when our students are more diverse, Ethnic Studies is marginalized in the CSU,” he said.