Students: declare your ethnicity, help SF State access funding

SF State is already one of the nation's most diverse college campuses. Now, the University is calling on students to provide the campus with more accurate data about their ethnicity -- information which may help SF State access special federal funding that will benefit all students.

Photo of four graduating students in purple cap and gownEarlier this year, accurate student data helped the campus become a federally-designated Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. This distinction -- awarded to colleges that have more than 10 percent of undergraduates from these ethnic groups -- opens the door to federal funding opportunities for such campus benefits as labs, equipment, counselors and tutors.

The University's next goal is to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), a college where at least 25 percent of undergraduates are Latino. SF State's Latino population has almost reached this milestone but the campus needs more information on student ethnicity.

New students, transfers and continuing students who want to enter or update their ethnicity are encouraged to submit their information by Friday, Sept. 21.

Log in to the SF State Gateway: Click on the Profile link in the top right corner and then scroll down to the bottom and click on Update Ethnicity Information.

--Elaine Bible