The Black Student Union had been pushing the university to create a Black studies department for nearly three years, but administrators resisted the idea.
She became a member of a student organization called the Asian American Political Alliance, which was one of many ethnic student organizations on campus.
Five days later, the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front joined together and went on strike.
Together they drafted 15 demands, including a school of Third World studies, and a Black studies degree and department.
Ethnic studies is something that’s important, not just for people of color so we know about our histories and cultures and destinies, but for all people.”Like many strikers, Ferreira believes ethnic studies should be required in K-12 schools, as well as universities.