Critical Diversity Studies

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All CDS majors must complete (20) units of foundation courses, including history, intersectional theory, research methods, expressions of diversity, and a capstone project., To learn more about these requirements, consult the Loading....

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Critical Diversity Studies
Prof. J. Garrett-Walker, Director

Prof. J. Garrett-Walker, Director

Asian Pacific American Studies
Prof. Genevieve Leung, Director

Chican@/Latin@ Studies
Prof. Christina Garcia Lopez, Director

Gender & Sexualities Studies
Prof. Tamara Kneese, Director



9th Annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum

“We All Count: Representation, Voice, and Activism in 2020”

Friday, September 6th, 2019 1-4 pm 

McLaren Complex

The year 2020 is on the horizon and will be extremely consequential. In addition to critical national, state, and local elections, 2020 also includes the decennial U.S. Census, which will help determine public policy proposals and community resource allocation for years to come. This current historical moment offers a painful reminder that we need to be vigilant to ensure that the humanity of all groups is fully recognized, honored, and counted in our political and community processes. Highlighting the connections between white supremacy, xenophobia, cis-hetero-patriarchy, exploitative capitalism, and able-bodied supremacy, the 9th annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum will engage participants in a dialogue to help answer: Which communities are represented, cared for, and “counted"? Whose voices are heard? What’s at stake? And how can we commit to effectively organize together, advocate for one another, and ensure that all are counted?


Eddy Zheng: Writer and activist for prison justice, immigrant rights, and youth violence prevention

Tiny Garcia: Formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, poet, and co-founder of POOR magazine

Eniola Abioye: Lead Organizer of the Transgender Law Center's Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project 

Nkauj lab: Director of California Policy and Programs for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center