Alum, Former Faculty Member Juan Gonzales Founded El Tecolote, Bilingual Newspaper in SF's Mission District

Friday, October 22, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Gonzales is probably best known for teaching the first college-level course on journalistic representations of Latinos at San Francisco State University. Out of that 1970 class came El Tecolote (the Owl), which was founded — and whose mission remains — to reflect the voices and concerns of Latinos in the Mission. Gonzales was central to a movement of students and professors at San Francisco State University who fought for ethnic studies, establishing the first College of Ethnic Studies in 1969. This paved the way for Assembly Bill 101, a law Governor Gavin Newsom signed this month that adds one semester of ethnic studies to California’s high school graduation requirements. (San Francisco already has such a requirement.)