Facing You

Race, Class & Gender Among U.C. Berkeley Student Leaders

Co-sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department, Facing You, Facing Me brings together student leaders to address interracial conflict and understanding.  In the past this has included student body presidents from Marin to San Francisco’s Hunters Point and from East L.A. to Beverly Hills.

In an experiential/student centered course, participants from extremely diverse racial and class backgrounds develop intimate bonds, as individuals, while confronting personal prejudice and institutional racism.

For more information, please see this article at Diversity Digest by David Stark, Director of Stiles Hall, and Jerlena Griffin, Director of Residential Living and New Student Services.

Facing You, Facing Me (Fall 2017)


To provide students from diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds the opportunity to learn from and with each other about issues of racial and class conflict, isolation, and understanding in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect.


  • Consistent participation, punctuality and openess (i.e. risk expressing honest opinions).
  • Lead one session with fellow students around your own racial/ethnic/class identity (structure will be provided).
  • A creative experiential project related to semester’s learnings, conducted in multi-racial terms (meet with the instructor first).
  • Four to ten pages a week from a reader. A sample syllabus is available here.

The class (Ethnic Studies 98/198) will meet both Fall and Spring semesters on Wednesdays 2-5pm. The class must be taken P/NP.

Due to high demand, class size is limited to 16 students. For consideration and an interview, please call David Stark for an interview at (510) 841-6010.