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San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is a public comprehensive university located in San Francisco, California, United States.


1600 Holloway Ave
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Purple Gold

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1899 � Founded as San Francisco State Normal School. 1901 � First graduating class 1906 � The 1906 earthquake and fire forces the school to relocate from Nob Hill to a new campus at Buchanan and Haight Streets. 1921 � Renamed San Francisco State Teachers College 1923 � First bachelor of arts degree awarded 1935 � Renamed San Francisco State College 1953 � Current campus near Lake Merced opens; it is formally dedicated in October, 1954. 1966 � Beginning of the era of campus protests led by student organizations including the Black Students Union, Third World Liberation Front, and Students for a Democratic Society. The protests against college policies and off-campus issues such as the Vietnam War included sit-ins, rallies, marches, teach-ins, and on several occasions violent conflicts with police. The protests were marked by counter-protests and widespread charges of corruption and election fraud in the student newspaper. 1968 � A lengthy student strike erupted that developed into an important event in the history of the U.S. in the late 1960s. The strike was led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front, and it demanded an Ethnic Studies program as well as an end to the Vietnam War. This became a major news event for weeks in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At one point, University president S.I. Hayakawa famously pulled the wires out of the speakers on top of a van at a student rally. During the course of the strike, large numbers of police drawn from many jurisdictions occupied the campus and over 700 people were arrested on various protest-related charges. 1969 � On March 20, an agreement was reached, and the strike officially comes to an end with the administration retaining control of hiring and admissions and the creation of the School (now College) of Ethnic Studies. 1972 � Received university status as California State University, San Francisco 1974 � Renamed San Francisco State University 1975 - Cesar Chavez Student Center opened its doors to students 1993 � Downtown campus opened 1999 � Celebrated 100th birthday 2007 � New Downtown Campus opened at 835 Market Street

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The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals: Attracting, retaining, and graduating a highly diverse student body; Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging; Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and social and cultural awareness; Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory, or studio; Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of the community and the values of the campus; Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.



Opal Palmer Adisa - Artist, writer Debra Bloomfield - Artist, Photographer Lenore Chinn - Painter David Kuraoka (born 1946) - American ceramic artist Ethan Lee - author of Single Asian Female Fred Rinne - Visual and performance artist



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