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Cal State Scholars Call New Ethnic Studies or Social Justice Course Requirement a “Trojan Horse” :The California State University system will soon require students to take an ethnic studies or social justice-related course before they graduate, a decision made by the board of trustees on June 22, against the backdrop of a national reckoning with racism.

But ethnic studies scholars opposed the change.

It’s like “cheese food” products, or spray cheese, said Dr. Kenneth P. Monteiro, chair of California State University’s Council of Ethnic Studies and former dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

It was drafted by California State Assembly member Dr. Shirley Weber, a former professor of Africana studies at San Diego State University.

For example, the chancellor assembled a Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies that recommended an ethnic studies course requirement for the California State University system in 2016, but it was never enacted.

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