Deans Weigh in on Ethnic Studies Funding Controversy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Students from the College of Ethnic Studies expressed their opposition to the suggested solution. The idea of a task force and having students look at a long report that they won’t be able to understand isn’t fair, according to Nikko Martinez, an Environmental Studies major and president of the Ethnic Studies Student Organization.

Sofia Cardenas, Women and Gender Studies major and Ethnic Studies Student Organization employee, said she thinks the letter is an attempt by the administration to take control of the narrative and distract from the larger issue. She thinks there needs to be a panel of deans, students and faculty to come up with a solution to the financial problem.

“My view, given the tension around the issue, is there’s a lot of misinformation going around and a lot of misrepresentation in the media,” said Daniel Bernardi, College of Liberal & Creative Arts interim dean. “Someone like, maybe Wong, who cares about the community, and cares about the school could be the one to ease people’s fears, and may be able to ease the tension.”