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April 27, 2010

Ethnic Studies program

Sacramento State celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the University's Ethnic Studies program with a reception honoring current and former Ethnic Studies contributors April 27.

Ethnic Studies, founded in 1969, is a degree-granting interdisciplinary program offering course work in the study of the histories, cultures and issues which define and shape ethnic group experiences in the United States. The Department is comprised of four programs: Asian American Studies; Chicano Studies; Native American Studies and Pan African Studies.

"A number of programs like this were started on campuses around the country during the 60's as different ethnic groups sought to have their place and space within American society recognized," said Timothy Fong, professor and chair of the Department.

"They rightfully felt that institutions of higher learning had long overlooked their contributions."

Honored at the ceremony were Otis Scott, former dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies; Ethnic Studies Professor Alexandre Kimenyi; History and Ethnic Studies Professor Charles Roberts; Ethnic Studies lecturer Wayne Maeda; Professor of Government and Ethnic Studies emeritus David Covin; Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies emeritus Sam Rios; Professor of Ethnic Studies emeritus Frank LaPena; and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Japanese emeritus  Shotaro Hayashigatani.

For more information on the program, contact Fong at 278-3536 or at