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of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and social justice activists Lateefah Simon and Hugo Morales — who said it did not hew closely enough to the definition of ethnic studies.

Two questions dominated their debate: What should an ethnic studies requirement include?

AdvertisementMorales asked to rename the proposal as simply a “social justice” requirement.

“It’s deep, it’s powerful, but it’s more than what it used to be.”The new requirement creates a three-unit, lower-division course requirement “to understand ethnic studies and social justice.” The requirement could be met by a traditional ethnic studies course or by a class focused on social justice or social movements.

“The CSU is really proud of its heritage as the birthplace of ethnic studies,” said Loren Blanchard, executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

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