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Ethnic Studies Department Letter to Students 2020-2021

March 25, 2021

Dear Comparative Ethnic Studies Majors,

This letter is to inform you on how your College Based Fee (CBF) money was spent for Academic Year 2020-2021. Given the current financial climate, the fees help immensely in sustaining the Department, and we are thankful to receive your help.

As in past years, students were asked by the Dean's office to allocate CBF monies to offering classes for our majors. You, as students, were asked which classes would be designated as CBF classes within the Department. Only Ethnic Studies students were allowed to enroll in these classes for the first phase of registration. The classes are then offered to the rest of the University during the open enrollment period.

The CBF committee is comprised of all CES majors with myself as the faculty advisor. As such, we asked each of you for your vote during our Spring 2020 advising meeting to see which classes you wanted to be reserved as CBF courses. The courses you selected for the 2020-2021 academic year were as follows:

Winter 2021:

  • ES 380 Critical Race Theory (30 seats)

Spring 2021:

  • ES 381 The Social Construction of Whiteness (15 seats)

We appreciate your support, and we appreciate that you are part of the Department.


Jenell Navarro, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor
Ethnic Studies Department
office: (805) 756-1707

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