City College of San Francisco continues to cut ethnic studies classes

Filipino students and teachers of City College of San Francisco send a message to the administrators: stop cutting essential classes to make room for your budget.

Students and teachers pack the student union at the CCSF.

Here they celebrate a neighboring school — San Francisco State University’s 50th anniversary of the student-led strike for ethnic studies.

People here say the fight continues today, since CCSF is cutting classes to trim its budget.

“San Francisco is a very diverse place, and it only harms people if people lack avenues to understand each other. Because in this place there’s already a lot of existing racial tensions, tensions between communities and the only thing, one of the best things to help that is if we understand each other better.”

According to CCSF assistant vice chancellor Kristina Whalen, the budget and decreased enrollment caused cut classes.

There have been several demonstrations that have led to the re-establishment of classes in ethnic studies, LGBT studies, and disabled students programs.

“Asian-American Studies is grateful that some of our classes have been returned back from the original deduction but we are still very concerned. We had one professor who had to resign. And we’re concerned about the future,” said Angie Fa.

CCSF will eliminate a course if there are not enough students enrolled.

The school is also transforming traditional classroom courses into online courses.

During an April 2nd budget meeting, vice chancellor of finance and administration Luther Aaberge says CCSF is facing a 20 percent reduction in funding.

The college no longer receives stability funding from the state.

Meanwhile, students and teachers say they will continue to resist if the administration tries to cut more classes.

Despite CCSF being a tuition-free college for San Francisco residents — the school continues its efforts to boost low enrollments.

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