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Ethnic Studies 001 CIN! (Fischer): Search Terms

CIN! ES Section


  • U.S. -Mexico War & the Treaty of Guadalupe

  • Gloria Anzaldua

  • History of Texas Rangers and dislocation of Mexicans on the border

  • Settler Colonialism and Indigeneity

  • US Imperialism in the Philippines

  • Hawaiian Sovereignty movement

  • U.S. intervention in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua)

  • School of Americas

Environmental Justice

  • The fight against DAPL
  • Flint, Michigan water crisis
  • Healthy foods/urban gardening in low-income neighborhoods of color
  • Environmental racism practices
  • Food deserts
  • Pollution and toxic waste sites near poorer communities of color (could be tied to poverty)

Hate Crimes

  • Rise of white supremacy in US

  • Anti-Asian violence in past and during COVID (ie Vincent Chin)
  • Islamophobic violence
  • Vigilante violence targeting Black communities

Activism/Social Movements

  • Ethnic Studies strike at SFSU or UCB (third world Liberation Front)
  • #BlackLivesMatter
  • #SayHerName
  • Black Panther Party
  • Brown Berets
  • Chicano/Xicano Movement
  • Prison abolition movement
  • Women’s movement
  • No DAPL
  • Organizing groups in the East Bay or SF
  • Organizing against Islamophobia
  • #MeToo
  • American Indian Movement
  • Alcatraz Occupation
  • Asian American Movements
  • Undocumented Movement
  • LBGTQ Movement
  • Women in these various social movements (ex: women in Black Panthers)

Search Statement

Searching Library Databases


    • Sometimes less is more you will often have more success when you search if you look for just a few key concepts or key ideas
    • AVOID a complete sentence as your key concepts
    • Use quotes “” to keep all the words in a phrase together (i.e., “climate change”)

Q. What keywords & concepts phrases would you “glue” together to build your search statement?


concept #1

concept #2

concept #3

“immigration policy”

“family separation”


concept #1

concept #2

concept #3

“border security”



Criminal Justice System/Mass Incarceration/Policing

  • Racial inequality in criminal justice system
  • Deportation/detention and prison system
  • Lifers
  • Impact of criminal justice system on Black and Latino communities
  • Rising number of women in prison
  • Rising number of Pacific Islanders in Prison
  • Rising number of Southeast Asians (Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese) in Prison and being deported/detained by ICE
  • Solitary Confinement
  • The prison abolition movement
  • Queer people in prison
  • Islamophobic surveillance practice by federal and local agencies
  • Increased militarization of police
  • Surveillance of communities of color
  • Racial profiling
  • Police Violence/State sanctioned violence
  • Black Lives Matter movement
  • Defund the Police movement
  • Spring/Summer BLM uprising
  • #SayHerName - focus on Black women who’re target of police violence/shootings by vigilantes
  • Stop Urban Shield movement in East Bay
  • Death and lawsuits at Santa Rita Jail & Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dujuan Armstrong - killed inside Santa Rita Jail


  • Indian boarding schools
  • Segregation
  • Inequality in today’s schools
  • Model minority myth and its impact on Asian American students
  • School-to-prison pipeline
  • Hidden Curriculum – hegemonic curriculum
  • Fight to include Pacific Islander Studies and Arab American Studies in CA ES Model Curriculum


  • Older examples of racist representations in Hollywood or TV shows
  • Today’s examples of racist or limited representations
  • Role of social media in battling stereotypes
  • Media examples that battle stereotypes
  • Representations of intersectionality in media (ie race/gender, race/class, race/gender/sexuality, etc.)


  • Disparity in access to health care
  • History of involuntary experimentation on African Americans
  • Forced sterilization among women of color/indigenous women, women in ICE detention centers, incarcerated women
  • Mental health in communities of color
  • Black, Latino, Native communities affected by higher rates of COVID

Gentrification/Housing Displacement

  • Disproportion in wealth along race
  • Housing discrimination
  • Gentrification in the Bay Area
  • Issues related to poverty and race or gender
  • Housing rights
  • Segregation and redlining


  • DACA
  • Undocumented students organizing
  • History of nativism in US compared to today
  • Racially targeted laws and policies around immigration such as the “wall”
  • Islamophobic policies such as the Muslim-ban
  • Anti-immigrant rhetoric

Income Inequality

  • by race and gender
  • discriminatory hiring practices


  • Beauty industry
  • Work opportunities
  • Dating