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Creative Works Robert E. Kennedy Library, Ethnic Studies Department

Graphic Design

Sasha Menshikova


Sasha Menshikova

Digital Book Assembly

Catherine J. Trujillo


Grace Yeh, Catherine J. Trujillo

Design for Digital Edition

Catherine Trujillo

Resesarch and additional contributors

Isabella Paoletto (Journalism, Comparative Ethnic Studies, ‘19), Julia Galvan (History, Comparative Ethnic Studies, ‘20), Katie Kleis (Comparative Ethnic Studies, ‘20), Cecilia Voigt (Graphic Communication, ‘19), Juliana Garcia (Agricultural Science, ‘21), Sasha Menshikova (ART, ‘20)


Faculty Exhibit Program


This project commemorates 50 years of Ethnic Studies student activism and the program’s development. In 1968, students protested across the nation and at Cal Poly against institutionalized racism and educational inequities, leading to the establishment of the first Ethnic Studies programs. Cal Poly’s Ethnic Studies Department was created in Fall 1969 as a culmination of these students’ efforts to recruit and retain students and faculty of color and to transform the curriculum to serve the community. The department disappeared in the 1980s but, again, through student organizing and movement building, was reborn 25 years ago in 1994. This catalog represents the onsite exhibit from 2019 of the same name.

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