The full California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider a much-debated proposal that would require all students to take an ethnic studies or social justice class, with opponents arguing the social justice option waters down the intent of the requirement.
Following a lengthy philosophical discussion on the intent of ethnic studies courses and the university’s autonomy, the board’s Educational Policy committee on Tuesday approved the measure on a 10-2 vote, advancing the measureto the full board for final approval.
Under the proposal by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, CSU students beginning in the 2023-24 school year would be required to take a three-credit ethnic studies or social justice course.
The “social justice” provision would expand the types of courses students could take to meet the requirement, including classes focused on the Jewish community, the disabled, aging populations, the LGBT community and women/gender studies.
If the governor signs it, it will override whatever action the CSU Board of Trustees takes.