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Grace Yoo is the new dean of SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies

San Francisco State University has named Grace Yoo as its dean of the College of Ethnic Studies.

Yoo will assume the role on July 1, 2023. She currently serves as a professor of Asian American Studies at SF State.

“Dr. Yoo is an excellent community organizer in addition to being an award-winning sociologist who is also exceptional at securing grant funding,” said Amy Sueyoshi, SF State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a press release. “The skills and passion that she has are much needed not only in the classroom and in higher education but also here at SF State. We are so grateful to Dr. Yoo for continuing to make our University a place of learning and love.”

According to a press release from the university, Yoo worked in higher education for over 30 years, spending 27 of those years at SF State. While at SF State, she served as the inaugural director for the Race, Empowerment and Justice Project in the College of Ethnic Studies and the First-Year Experience Initiative.

“The College of Ethnic Studies — which is the ‘beating heart’ of SF State — has been my home and purpose for nearly 27 years,” Yoo said in a press release. “I am so excited to support our students, staff, faculty and communities with the high-impact practices of ethnic studies teaching, service, research, scholarship and creative activities. Centering care, equity and social justice in our work is my joy and commitment.”

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