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Join us in supporting change agents with the Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship!

The Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship at San Francisco State University recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students whose research sits at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality.

Make a donation to the scholarship fund in support of the development of change agents who are committed to effect social change in education, our workplaces, and our diverse communities to foster more inclusivity and acceptance for Queers of Color, the LGBTQ community, and People of Color.

Supporting Queer Ethnic Studies Change Agents

Jacqueline AlvarezSF State Philosophy Graduate Student and Activist Jacqueline Alvarez received the inaugural Queer Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Scholarship in 2016 for her community contributions and academic achievements. The scholarship enabled her to move to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue her studies and development as a change agent at SF State. As an undergraduate student at Fresno State, she served as President of the Diversity Caucus and Radical Feminists Against Sexual Assault.

It is important to Jacqueline to be a part of a community that pays attention to identity issues. She studies policies regarding ethics or justice that dismiss or ignore gender/race/ethnicity/sexuality, categories which have shaped the marginalization perpetuated historically and in our current communities. She believes queer ethnic analysis is necessary for resisting marginalization.

The SF State College of Ethnic Studies Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative

College of Ethnic Studies logoSF State's College of Ethnic Studies has been on the vanguard of Queer Ethnic Studies over the past 20 years. It has aggressively incorporated curricula in sexuality studies, implemented new courses such as “AIDS and People of Color” and “Latino Sexualities” and hired scholars working at the intersection of race and queer studies. Today, one in four of our tenured/tenure-track faculty have expertise in queer studies, and a third of our graduate students pursuing one of our two M.A. degrees (Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies) are engaged in thesis projects on queer and/or trans people of color. In 2015, the College of Ethnic Studies mounted a Queer Ethnic Studies Initiative as part of its strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, to begin a graduate student scholarship and to investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.

Andrew JolivetteAmy SueyoshiKenneth MonteiroThe College's faculty, students and alumni are recognized for their leadership in the LGBTQ community and for their contributions as Queer Ethnic Studies scholars. Among the notable faculty are Dean Kenneth Monteiro, who was honored as a 2013 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal, Associate Dean Amy Sueyoshi, who has been nominated for the 2017 SF Pride Community Grand Marshal honor, and Professor of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, who is a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Studies for his book Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco's Two-Spirit Community.

Shawn DemmonsSF State Alum Shawn Demmons (BA in Africana Studies and MA in Public Health) organized the first two International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrations at SF State. He was selected to represent his fellow graduating students as the recipient of the prestigious College of Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Hood honor at the 2005 SF State Commencement ceremony. Today, Shawn works for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF. He previously served as the Chair of the Board Directors for the Transgender Law Center and as the Program Manager for Black Brothers Esteem, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that utilizes community engagement to improve HIV-related health outcomes among African-American gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and transgender/gender-variant folks.

About the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies was established in fall 1969 after an extended student strike demanding a curriculum that respected the diverse intellectual traditions and cultural expressions of communities of color and indigenous people throughout the United States.

The Black Student Union, the Third World Liberation Front, staff and faculty members and community activists mobilized against systematic discrimination on campus. Their efforts resulted in the first, and what continues to be the only, College of Ethnic Studies at an American university. SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies currently houses four departments—Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies and American Indian Studies—and two programs titled Race and Resistance Studies and Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies.

For more information on SF State's College of Ethnic Studies, please visit


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