RA: President Harrison was clueless. You had the feeling that she followed advice. The Fall 2020 Issue of CSUN Magazine had a cover of her commemorating her resignation. The magazine appeared to be a memorial to a white campus and featured few people of color, almost to the point that it was to attract foreign students to CSUN. Although the CSUN is roughly 42 percent Latino there were few brown faces. Harrison was not only following advice but following orders. She was a puppet. The Chancellor too promoted her not for her abilities, but because she was close to him. She was the president of the smallest campus in the CSU Monterey Bay. To put it bluntly, she was a cheerleader who was very close to the Chancellor.
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RA: It depends. Both CHS and the Ethnic Studies are fighting over the crumbs; we will be getting the major share just because we have more students of Chicana/oLatina/o backgrounds. However, if we are committed to ethnic studies we should be part of the solution. First, African American enrollment has fallen to 3.6%—it should be at least 10%, however this would be at odds with the business model of the neoliberal university. But we will not truly reflect LA until Black Americans are part of our community, so a priority should be to rebuild African American Studies. So, we should have a capstone course called Ethnic Studies team-taught by all departments in the family. This is the perfect time since we can include images reflecting the multiplicity of CSUN. The pandemic is not an excuse for mediocrity.