Ethnic Studies is crucial in a pubic university. As of now UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced are the only UC campus’s without Ethnic Studies. The time is right-indeed, long overdue- for the establishment of a department of critical race studies at UCSC. As a public institution of higher learning, the University of California is mandated to serve the people of California. Given the shifting demographics of the state, UC Santa Cruz must adjust its institutional priorities away from bloated administrative salaries and allocate permanent funding for ethnic and critical race studies as an urgent, comparative, local and global, interdisciplinary, and multilingual project- a critical theoretical and political project that articulates with queer, feminist and labor studies in challenging asymmetrical power relations and fostering emergent and minoritized forms of knowledge production.
This blog will serve to inform the history and ongoing struggle for Ethnic Studies on the UCSC campus.