More Student Profiles


As a student, I was prepared by very diverse and knowledgeable faculty in the areas of ethnic diversity, cultural sensitivity and identity. It is my hope that I will return to Sacramento State’s Ethnic Studies Department to teach and mentor aspiring students.

Toni Bohannan-Tinker 

EOP Learning Communities Program Assistant


This program not only offered me a warm and understanding atmosphere, it provided me analytical tools that have helped me in my academic career.I was able to see how my research could be used to create positive change within Native Communities.

James Sarmento

Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies 

UC Davis


Ethnic Studies taught me the importance ofcommunity and political involvement. I was able to work with community leaders to address problems within my community. Through these hands-on experiences, I gained leadership and consensus-building skills that helped meempower my community.

Yang Lee

Finance Budget Analyst

California Department of Finance


Being an Ethnic Studies major, I had various opportunities to volunteer within the community. Through those opportunities I discovered a love for transmitting and utilizing the knowledge I had gained within the scope of my major and I am looking forward to bringing those skills with me in the future when I obtain my M.A. Degree in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Rebekah Pankiw

Graduating Senior