Shirley Weber’s CSU Ethnic Studies Bill is Now State Law:
In August, Gov. Newsom signed AB 1460 into law which requires California State University (CSU), the nation’s largest four-year public university system, to provide courses in Ethnic studies at each of its 23 campuses, beginning with the 2021–22 academic year and requires CSU students to take a 3-credit course in Ethnic studies to graduate, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year.
The bill was introduced in 2019 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), professor emeritus of Africana studies at San Diego State, on behalf of the California Faculty Association (CFA) and with support from the legislative ethnic caucuses (Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander).
Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity that gained acceptance nationally in universities following the 1960’s Black student uprisings. Research shows that students of color and White students benefit academically and socially from taking Ethnic studies courses.