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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 4:20 PM

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Towers Conference Center, SF State campus
796 State Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

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Fiftieth Anniversary Planning Committee
College of Ethnic Studies


(510.239.8940 Urgent calls only during the events)


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Thursday 11/8

5-7PM Reception


Friday 11/9

8:00-8:35AM Check-in. Coffee & pastries. Seating for Strike Veterans and SF State Students and Faculty.

8:35-8:45  Seating for registered participants.

8:45-9:00AM  Welcome, Opening Remarks

9AM-12:00 Veteran Strikers’ Panel - The 1968 BSU-TWLF Strike and What It Means Today 

Description:  Following a 20-minute viewing of video produced during the Strike, veterans of the historic BSU-TWLF strike will discuss the transformation of the NSA into the BSU by Civil Rights Movement activists, pre-Strike efforts to recruit disadvantaged students of color and develop Black  Studies  and other relevant education, the emergence of the TWLF coalition (LASO, MASC, ICSA, PACE and AAPA), overview of the strike itself, the related strike by the AFT faculty union,  post-Strike firing of Black Studies and AFT faculty strikers, and the continuing need to  struggle for relevant education that addresses community needs.

Moderator: Ramona Tascoe

Veteran Panelists:

Roger Alvarado, Anatole Anton, Carmen Carrillo,Jimmy Garrett, Tomasita Medál, Penny Nakatsu, Benny Stewart, Jerry Varnado

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Panel: Intergenerational dialogue between Veterans, Students and Faculty

Description: Strike Veterans view the struggle for equity in education as continuing; current students and faculty share their perspectives and struggles in a dialogue about contemporary issues facing Third World studies, and education more broadly; identify which lessons of the past are applicable in today's political atmosphere; and how vets can be contributing, responsible, supporting elders.

Moderator: Benny Stewart,BSU


Roger Alvarado, TWLF
Tomasita Medál, Co-Founder Legal Defense Committee; Inclusion and Access Advocate
James Martel, CFA union & SF State
Melissa Moreno, Woodland Community College Ethnic Studies,  EVOLVE
Cynthia Díaz, College4All


2:15-3:30 Panel: Third World Women Strikers

Description: Third World women representatives of the TWLF Coalition of organizations which initiated, conceptualized, implemented, and negotiated the strike and its aftermath were the engine of the movement which birthed the College of Ethnic Studies. Panelists will discuss their experiences during that tumultuous period of time. Although the “Face” of the strike leadership was primarily male, women strikers were among the strategists, writers, negotiators, facilitators, and providers of invaluable support behind the scenes. Present on picket lines and sit-ins, women were also arrested for demonstrating their commitment and belief in needed changes in the system of higher education. The panelists will describe their roles, conflicts regarding the risks of participation, positive and negative experiences during the strike, and its impact on their lives.

Moderator: Carmen Carrillo


Wendy Alfsen, Community Services Institute,
Donna James Amador, LASO, TWLF
Ramona Tascoe, BSU
Juanita Tamayo Lott, PACE
Margaret Leahy (invited) SDS, Legal Defense Committee
Sharon Martinas, white racial justice solidarity organizer

3:30-3:45  Break

3:45-5:00 Panel: Perspectives/Reflections on the Legacy of the BSU/TWLF Strike. Viewing of excerpts of the film Agents of Change.

Description:  Excerpts from the film Agents of Change will be followed by a conversation from three perspectives by strike participants from SF State and U.C. Berkeley.

Moderator: Juanita Tamayo Lott, Strike Veteran and retired demographer, federal statistical system. Will provide a brief introduction to her new book, Golden Children:  The Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State to set the context for panelists’ discussion.


Helene Whitson, Emeritus University Archivist and compiler of SF State Strike Collection
Harvey Dong, Lecturer, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies/Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley and of Eastwind Books of Berkeley

5:00  Close


Saturday 11/10

9:00-9:45 Check-in. Coffee & pastries.

9:45-10:00  Opening

10:00-11:30 Panel: The Impact of the 1968 BSU/TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies on the 2016 Bataan Legacy Curriculum

Description:  Educators and/or alumni of ethnic studies at SF State and other universities discuss how the strike and related social movements, including the concurrent Delano farm workers' grape strike, inspired and informed their ability to successfully lobby the California Department of Education to include the World War II Bataan Legacy in 11th grade social science and history curriculum and then create and implement the curriculum. 

Moderator: Tracie Noriega, Director, K-12 Instruction, New Haven Unified School District, Union City; Education Consultant, Bataan Legacy Historical Society; Presiedent, Filipino American Educators Association of California


Honey Gubuan, Vice Principal, Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose
Erica Viray Santos, Director, Social Justice Academy, San Leandro High School, San Leandro
Amy Punkar, Department Head, Social Sciences, Jefferson High School, Daly City
Ivan Santos, Department Head, Ethnic Studies, James Logan High School, Union City

11:30-12:00 Break and lunch self-service

12:00-12:45  Lunch and Keynote Speech by Danny Glover:  SFSU/CoES: Expanding our Boundaries - Our Global Role and Responsibilities

12:45-1:00  Break

1:00-2:30 Panel: Relevance of the SF State 1968 BSU/TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies Today in San Francisco Secondary Schools

Description:  Ethnic studies alumni from SF State and other universities discuss how these higher education innovations influenced and inspired their commitment to bringing the importance of social movements, social justice, the BSU/TWLF strike, and ethnic studies to secondary schools. 

Moderator: Carolyn A. Sideco CAA, ICA Cristo Rey Academy Fil-Am Club Moderator, Member family, Sama Sama Cooperative


Maricel Hernandez, MSEd, Director of Magis Center for Equity & Inclusion, St. Ignatius College Prep
Mariflor Medrano, Instructor of Science, Sacred Heart Cathedral High School
Arlene Saudaria Daus-Magbual, Director, Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP)

2:30-2:45  Break

2:45-4:00 Panel: The Influence of the 1968 TWLF Strike and Ethnic Studies in Choosing Careers related to Social Justice, Community Service, and Public Service

Strikers and/or ethnic studies alumni at SF State
and other universities discuss the influence of the strike and ethnic studies on their career choices.

Moderator: Juanita Tamayo Lott, Strike Veteran and retired demographer, federal statistical system


Mike Wong, Veterans for Peace; Social Worker
Eric Mar, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, SF State; SF Board of Supervisors 2008-2016
Paul Ocampo, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus; Lacuna Giving Circle, AAPIP, Kearny Street Workshop
Jessica Li, SF State Alumni, MA in Asian American Studies, Dream Director for The Future Project; community organizer, teacher, educator and youth worker

4:00-4:20 Summary Statements and Closing



Any and all references to publications, books, films in this program are not to be construed as an endorsement. All views and statements of program participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views, beliefs or policy of  San Francisco State University,  the Trustees of the California State Universities, the 50th Program Committee or the strike veterans themselves.