In the REST department, we study the complex and often challenging issues of race, ethnicity and racism from an interdisciplinary perspective. Faculty and students work closely to explore: How have race and racism shaped America from its foundation to today? How have social justice movements transformed the meaning of American democracy? How does race matter today in the age of Obama? Race and ethnic studies prepares our students to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global American society.
We do more than study race and ethnicity in the classroom. Students and faculty engage in community action and work for social justice in Southern California's diverse communities. Students build skills as teachers, social workers, scholars and citizens as they work in our community partnerships and internships.
REST students lead diversity workshops on campus and take classes in campus activism.
Students teach and learn with young people in the San Bernardino Juvenile Justice system through the REACH program.
Students can learn about environmental justice, gang intervention or educational justice in internships and class meetings with Southern California organizations.