The SF State Difference
The knowledge and experience gained through the Latina/Latino Studies Department prepare students to bring together theory and practice. We understand that engaged learning happens inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage students to work collaboratively with community organizations and engage in a reciprocal production of knowledge.
LTNS Opportunities Data
International Study Tour
Mexico Study Tour
The Mexico Study Tour travels in late May and/or early June, leaving the Monday following graduation. The intensive 12-day trip to Mexico City and Morelos is faculty-supervised. Students meet with activists from community-based organizations and schools to learn about grassroots political and social change. Students planning to travel to Mexico must first complete course LTNS 670, which covers Mexican history and politics and Mexico’s unique relationship to the U.S. This course is offered every Spring semester.
Community Service Learning Internships
Supervised local community service learning (CSL) internships offer unique learning opportunities for students that enrich and expand their academic experience. Students are required to complete at least thirty-five hours of service as part of the major requirements. Local community service learning internships are available every semester. Students choose internships from a wide variety of community-based organizations, government agencies, research and policy organizations, and schools.
LTNS 694 Community Service Learning
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or permission of the instructor; must be taken concurrently with any LTNS course supporting community service learning. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 units.
The internships are designed to enrich the academic experience and to prepare students for future careers, as well as to establish empowering mutually beneficial contacts within the Latina/Latino/Latinx communities of the greater Bay Area. It is a goal of the CSL program to instill in our students a life-long commitment to community service and civic engagement. Students may enroll in a 3 Unit online course, LTNS 694, to complete additional assignments related to their community service learning internship.
Acción Latina is a community organization that promotes cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities. Their programs include El Tecolote newspaper, the Juan R. Fuentes gallery and Paseo Artístico. El Tecolote is a bilingual newspaper. The Juan R. Fuentes gallery seeks to showcase the work of established and emerging Latina/o/x artists, as well as that of non-Latina/o/x artists whose work reflects the nuances of Latino life locally, nationally and internationally. Paseo Artístico is a bi-monthly community art stroll that brings free arts programming — live music, poetry, crafts workshops, readings, performances, film and mural tours — to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.
Clínica Martín-Baró is a student-organized free clinic based out of San Francisco's Mission District. It is a collaboration between medical students and faculty from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and undergraduates from the SF State Latina/Latino Studies (LTNS) Department. It was created and established in January of 2007 by two SF State alumni, Dr. Caro Monico and Dr. Zoel Quinonez, former students of LTNS Professor Felix Kury. While completing their studies at UCSF medical school, Monico and Quinonez began forming the organization with Professor Kury in 2005. The commitment among the volunteers has grown over the years. Dedication has grown because student volunteers want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, have the power to make their own decisions and do something that they have wanted to do their entire lives.
Clínica Martín Baró offers service-learning internships to students considering careers in the health and medical fields. Students must first pass or concurrently enroll in course LTNS 210.
El Tecolote is a bilingual newspaper that circulates online and in print throughout the Bay Area. It began in 1970 as a project in one of our LTNS classes (then called La Raza Studies). Latinos and other people of color were virtually invisible in the major newsroom, so professor Juan Gonzales created a class as a way to channel more Latinos into journalism. As a final project, the class produced a bilingual newspaper called El Tecolote, which hit the streets on Aug. 24, 1970. The newspaper soon moved to San Francisco's Mission District and became a training ground for the community to learn advocacy journalism. Journalists who got their start at El Tecolote have established careers in outlets that include the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
Sunset Mercantile/To Be Latino Night Market is a celebration of Latino cultures in the Outer Sunset on a closed to traffic 37th Ave. at Ortega Street, where vendors, artisans, makers, and the community connect around food, music, and art. The weekly night market features local vendors, businesses, artists, food, live music, and activities for all ages.
Resources for Student Success
Curated List of Resources for Students
- Academic Technology: Academic Technology (AT) supports Academic Affairs units, colleges, departments, instructors and students wherever teaching, learning and research happens, and serves as the central information technology (IT) unit for Academic Affairs at SF State.
- Gator Smart Start: Gator Smart Start provides resources to ensure students excel in their English composition (writing) and quantitative reasoning (math) courses. Gator Smart Start partners with high schools for the Early Assessment Program and provides resources for both new and continuing students.
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): EOP improves access and retention of historically underserved (low-income, first-generation college) students by providing support for their success. Services include advising, tutoring, peer mentoring and development workshops.
- Keep Learning – Student Technology Quick Guide: A guide to help students prepare to work remotely and interact with their course content, classmates and instructors using remote modalities.
- Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC): TASC provides tutoring services through one-on-one appointments, drop-in tutoring and in small group study sessions.
- Book Loan: Students may apply for textbooks listed in the Associated Students' current inventory list or students can apply for new titles.
- DIVA: DIVA is an open digital collections archive that combines unique media, scholarly materials, and hidden treasures from the campus’s historic local impact (including original materials from the 1968 Student Strike).
- Digital Media Studio/MakerSpace: Second floor computer space in J. Paul Leonard Library that supports digital media projects for SF State students, faculty and staff. Currently only available for classroom reservations. Please ask your instructor if the course has scheduled times and dates for use of the space.
Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC): DPRC works with students and employees with disabilities to ensure all aspects of life on campus, including academics, events and employment, are accessible.
- Ethnic Studies Advising Center: The Ethnic Studies Advising Center (ESAC) serves all Ethnic Studies majors/minors and all students taking courses within the College of Ethnic Studies. ESAC supports students in their academic, professional and personal goals, from the time of admission to the time of graduation.
- Advising Hub: The Advising Hub is a one-stop-shop of all advising needs to ensure students are on a successful path to graduation with support from General Education and minor advisors
- Graduate Advising: The Division of Graduate Studies offers counseling and advising regarding issues ranging from admission to graduation. Whether you are a current, prospective master's degree, doctoral or credential student, we are here to assist you.
- Undergraduate Advising Center: UAC is the home base for freshmen during their first year and undeclared-major students at SF State.
- Basic Needs: Food Bank, crisis fund, health, referrals
- Division of Student Life: The Division of Student Life provides services for emergencies and basic needs support.
- Gator Groceries: Gator Groceries responds to the needs of SF State students by supporting food-insecure students in accessing nutritious food.
- HOPE Crisis Fund: The Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment (HOPE) Crisis Fund assists students with financial help when they need it most to keep them on track to graduation.
- Student Activities & Events: Get involved with campus student organizations, Greek life, sports clubs and other events.
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE): ASPIRE is a collaboration between the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM), which offers support services to high-need Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPI) and low-income degree-seeking undergraduate students and strengthens academic outcomes.
- Black Unity Center: The Black Unity Center provides Black students, through cross-campus community collaborations and an intersectional, African-centered environment, with transformative, impactful and socially conscious programs that allow them to grow academically, interpersonally, culturally and professionally, in order to advance their recruitment, matriculation, retention and graduation.
- Dream Resource Center: DRC supports the undocumented student population and students living in mixed-status homes. All undocumented students are welcome to take advantage of services regardless of DACA, ABA 540/SB 68 and/or CA Dream Act eligibility.
- Equity and Community Inclusion: Equity & Community Inclusion works collaboratively with campus partners (including student clubs and organizations) to close the educational equity gap in support of our Graduation Initiative 2025 goals.
- Guardian Scholars Program: Through advocacy, support and empowerment, the SF State Guardian Scholars Program creates a vibrant community to engage current and former foster youth to attain college degrees, stable housing and career-path employment.
- Queer and Trans Resource Center: The Queer and Trans Resource Center offers LGBTQQIA-related events, services and resources to students. The Queer and Trans Resource Center also serves as an umbrella organization linking various student organizations, such as Queer Alliance, Pride Committee and CEASE/SAFE Place that work to create events and resources for the LGBTQQIA community on campus.
- Project Connect: Exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low-income and historically underrepresented communities.
- Project Rebound: Project Rebound supports formerly incarcerated students on their journey through successful reintegration in a college setting.
- Richard Oakes Multicultural Center: The Richard Oakes Multicultural center is a space for cultural events and discussions and also provides a collaborative and supportive environment that promotes a multi-ethnic, culturally conscious University that affirms the human and intellectual heritage of all people.
- Safe Zone Program: The Safe Zone is a voluntary program of trained faculty, staff and administrators. A person displaying the program symbol has completed a training to develop a greater awareness of issues affecting students of all genders and sexual identities and anyone negatively impacted by heterosexism and homophobia.
- Student Resource and Empowerment Center: The Ethnic Studies Student Resource & Empowerment Center provides information, referral and assistance for all Ethnic Studies under-graduate and graduate students, as well as the larger campus community.
- The SAFE Place: The SAFE Place is a survivor-focused, trauma-informed program that provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL support services to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment (sexual violence) while working with campus partners to end sexual violence. The SAFE Place serves all members of the SF State community, including students, staff and faculty.
- Veterans Services: Veterans Services helps current and former members of the United States Armed Forces attain their educational goals. Current members of the military, veterans and dependents of service-related disabled or deceased veterans are encouraged to browse this website to learn more about the application process and educational benefits at SF State.
- Women’s Center: The Women’s Center serves to address issues that concern the lives of our female-identifying students and staff with resources on sexual assault, domestic violence, housing insecurity and more.
- Academic Works: The SF State Scholarship website — a list of scholarships offered by various colleges, departments and offices at SF State.
- Fiscal Services/Loans and Collections: The Fiscal Services assists registered students with short term loan services, which helps students with unanticipated, school-related expenses. Through Student Loan Collections, Fiscal Services works with students regarding their Perkins and CA Dream Loans.
- Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA): OSFA strives to support students throughout the financial aid process by determining the eligibility, awarding and administering of federal and state financial aid and scholarships.
- Project Connect: Exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low-income and historically underrepresented communities. Programs and services include book loan, retention, outreach and internships.
- Counseling and Psychological Services: Provides services to enhance psychological well-being of the entire campus community.
- YOU @ SF State: Find tips and tools for everything from your mental and physical health to friendships and finding balance, including tips & tools for stress and anxiety.
- Education and Referral Organization for Sexuality (EROS): EROS is dedicated to promoting a healthy and respectful understanding of sexuality and gender through judgment-free peer education. EROS refers students to off-campus resources, collaborates with off-campus organizations for events and promotes consent, tolerance, diversity and health with the goal of students feeling empowered about themselves and their sexuality.
- Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW): HPW provides health education and actively promotes a culture of wellness through advocacy, campaigns, programming, events, workshops and peer health leadership programs.
- Health Services: Student Health Services provides confidential basic health services, as well as primary care, psychiatry, pharmacy, laboratory and x-ray services. Student Health Services partner with students and the campus to foster academic, personal and professional wellness for the campus community in support of health equity.
- Mashouf Wellness Center: The Mashouf Wellness Center is a student-driven wellness center guiding development through transformative activities, creating a sense of belonging within our community and being a key partner in integrating health and wellness across the University.
- Safety Walk Services: During these challenging times, the safety, security and health of our SF State community members remains our constant priority. Because of this, if you need a SafeWalk while on the SF State campus, we ask that you please abide by the guidelines set forth by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
- University Police Department: The University Police Department is a pro-active professional police agency dedicated to providing a safe environment for our campus community.
Career Services and Leadership Development: The Career Services & Leadership Development (CSLD) equips our diverse student and alumni population with modern resources that assist, guide and foster their leadership, professional and career advancement.
Computer Labs Available to Ethnic Studies Students
For more information about these rooms, contact Academic Technology (AT) at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (415) 405-5555.
Room EP 115 (Closed this semester, will be open in Spring)
- Lab Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Availability Restrictions: For use by SF State students currently enrolled in courses offered through the College of Ethnic Studies.
Please note: The labs will be closed on all University holidays — Spring break, Thanksgiving break, and Winter break.