chapter  3
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Living Up to a People’s University

Images of long-haired student activists from the late 1960s and early 1970s pop into my head when I think of San Francisco State University (SFSU). I think of Angela Davis with an Afro and a clenched fist running from authorities while a faculty member. The socially conscious, protest-minded culture really was the hallmark of SFSU. People went there as students or faculty to be engaged in a political, challenging, questioning environment, where acceptance of the status quo was the exception rather than the norm. However, this never has been my image of the university’s administration-often the target of those protests some decades ago.