Fifty is an important milestone for the Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American (AAACNA) Studies Center. Why 50? Because it marks this year’s anniversary of many of the university services that would define Ethnic Studies at San José State University. At SJSU we were the first CSU campus to create what would become the Education Opportunity Program, the defining Chicano Commencement that came about as a result of students walk-out in 1968, and the first graduate program in Mexican American studies. The AAACNA Studies Center would follow in the footsteps of many of these programs by visionary thinkers who wanted to ensure that voices from underrepresented communities were heard. And now, fifty represents the “$50K and Beyond” campaign for the AAACNA Studies Center Endowment to support the Center’s important work.
The AAACNA Studies Center provides resources for teaching and research and hosts year-round multicultural exhibits and public programs related to its four collections in Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American studies. Its establishment in 1982, via the Chicano Studies Research Center, was a significant achievement as was its work over the years to build its collections and host exhibits and public programs. Today the work of the AAACNA Studies Center continues to grow, impacting the SJSU community and beyond.
With your support for the “$50K and Beyond” campaign, you will be a vital voice in our efforts to raise the AAACNA Studies Center Endowment to a $50K level and beyond. Your contribution toward our $15K goal will help to support the Center’s ongoing public programs and exhibits, including our annual Day of the Dead and Kwanzaa celebrations, volunteers who give selflessly to the center, and growth of the collections.
Make a contribution today and share “$50K and Beyond” with ten of your friends and ask them to share it with ten of their friends. Let’s keep the momentum going! With your support, we can bring the AAACNA Studies Center Endowment to “$50K and Beyond” and let more voices be heard through the AAACNA Studies Center.