CUE Seed grants

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The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) supports a special grant series entitled Community-University Empowerment (CUE) to seed innovative, socially engaged projects involving CoES faculty and their university and community partners. The primary goal is to support faculty scholarship, foment a culture of socially conscious research in the College, and advance faculty capacity in extramural fundraising.

Only faculty in the College of Ethnic Studies, but Extramural collaborations are also encouraged: Faculty from other Colleges and Institutions are welcome to participate as co-investigators with a CoES faculty member.

Funded projects:

  1. Have clear implications for or impact relative to one or more communities of color;
  2. Involve a demonstrated partnership between faculty, students and at least one community organization (e.g., school, CBO, NGO, church).
  3. Frame questions and outcomes in on or more Ethnic Studies methodologies and epistemologies.

Projects that are intersectional (e.g., across class, ethnicity, race, sexuality) are especially welcome.

Administered by the College's César Chávez Institute, CUE projects are affiliated with the Institute, and receive:

  • Priority access to the Chávez Research Commons in EP100 and the CCI meeting room in EP406
  • Access to CCI equipment and resources
  • Mentoring and support from the Institute Director on project development
  • Support from the Institute Administrator (e.g., expenditures, university procedures, graphics, webpage, publication prep)
  • A permanent page on the CCI website for their project

Generally, the maximum award is $5,000.


View the 2018 application.


Past CUE grant recipients


Giant puppets

A Day Without Immigrants Rally - A giant puppets project

An artivism project bringing together SF State students, local artists and performers, and community organizations to defend immigrants.


Burmese refugees in community workshop

From Crisis to Community Development - Needs and assets of Oakland's refugees from Burma

A research report identifying the needs, strengths and aspirations of the emerging communities of refugees from Burma who have settled in or near the San Francisco East Bay.


 Queer Asian Pacific Islander Women and Transgenders in San Francisco

Dragon Fruit: Queer Asian Pacific Islander Women & Transgenders in S.F.

An activist project to train members of the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community in the San Francisco area to collect and record their history, and exhibit materials and recorded oral histories at the GLBT History Museum.


Battle of Okinawa Video Project

Nuchi du Takara: Lessons from the Battle of Okinawa Video Interview Project

A video interview project with Okinawan survivors of the Battle of Okinawa in the San Francisco Bay Area, to be preserved at the National Japanese American Historical Society.  A documentary for use as an educational tool was produced from the interviews.


SF Vietnamese American Literary and Art Festival

San Francisco Vietnamese American Literary and Art Festival

A now-annual event showcasing and supporting new local and international talent in the Vietnamese emigre community for reflecting on its experiences and allowing those diverse reflections to manifest across generations and national boundaries.


The Chinese Gardens film project

The Chinese Gardens Film Project

A youth-empowering film project that recounts the history of early Chinese immigrants to northern California, visiting connections between past and present race relations in the U.S. at a time when the scapegoating of immigrants in the U.S. is widespread.



Martin Baro free clinic outreach and mentorship project

Clínica Martín-Baró - Educational outreach and mentorship

Support for mentorship and outreach efforts at Clínica Martín-Baró, a student-run and all-volunteer health outpost in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, where undocumented workers and the working poor are in need of basic medical services.