RRS Initiatives

Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas

Housed in the historic College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University alongside the studies of Indigenous communities and other communities of color, the AMED Studies program is framed within a justice centered perspective that is grounded in the need for accountability and service to multiple publics, including those within and outside of the academic community. AMED generates and advances a counter narrative that views Arab and Muslim communities as communities of color within the US, in the Americas, and transnationally across other diasporas. AMEDs intellectual focus and framing will complement and build on the Comparative Ethnic Studies approach that is central to the Race and Resistance Studies Program in the College of Ethnic Studies.  AMED Studies provides an intellectual home to scholarship and analysis on pertinent issues affecting Arab and Muslim communities. Through engagement with the larger community, with activists and scholars engaged in critical and decolonizing work in the field, through its efforts toward documentation, analysis, and skilled pedagogy, AMED Studies represents a cutting-edge initiative and an urgent scholarly enterprise for students at SF State. 


For more information, visit the AMED: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas website.

Pacific Islander Studies (PIS)

Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies at SFSU ensures that academic and communal spaces reflect the work and needs of Oceanic communities in the Bay Area and globally. Our educational mission is to honor the experiences and stories of Oceanic/Pacifika peoples throughout the diaspora, and to privilege those narratives that are often forgotten and marginalized. Our interdisciplinary program is focused on historical and contemporary topics related to California, US-Pacific politics, and Pasifika cultures. Our curriculum uses an indigenous lens to discuss Native epistemologies of Oceania that challenge imperialism, colonialism, militarism, and globalization, while also highlighting the resiliency and power of our Ocean.