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CSU leaders to consider ethnic studies/social justice requirement

The full California State University Board of Trustees today will consider a much-debated proposal that would require all students to take an ethnic studies or social justice class, with opponents arguing the “social justice” option waters down the intent of the requirement.

Following a lengthy philosophical discussion on the intent of ethnic studies courses and the university’s autonomy, the board’s Educational Policy committee on Tuesday approved the measure on a 10-2 vote, advancing the measure to the full board for final approval.

The proposal was met with opposition from some committee members who said the inclusion of a social justice course option would still allow students to graduate without ever taking a traditional ethnic studies’ class on the history of the Latino, Black, Asian-American or Native-American communities.

Committee members Silas Abrego and Maryana Khames called for a delay in the vote, saying the policy proposal needed more work and suggesting the broadening of the measure to include social-justice courses effectively negated it as a true ethnic studies requirement. The social justice provision would expand the types of courses students could take to meet the requirement, including classes focused on the Jewish community, the disabled, aging populations, the LGBT community and women/gender studies.

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