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Now a student at California State University Northridge, Maneerit has taken classes in Asian American Studies and Chicano/a Studies, branches of ethnic studies that he says have benefited him.

Should either pass, future CSU students will have to meet some form of an ethnic studies requirement before they graduate; what’s at stake is the form that requirement takes.

Kenneth Monteiro coordinates the CSU Council on Ethnic Studies and is the former dean of San Francisco State’s College of Ethnic Studies.

Among other recommendations, the report also advocated for hiring more ethnic studies faculty and noted many ethnic studies programs and departments fought against their universities that wanted them downgraded.

An ethnic studies requirement would also ensure those programs remain funded, she added.

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