The School of Cinema adheres to the principles outlined in the SFSU Code of Conduct.
During this upsurge in anti-AAPI hate and the indictment of the film industry's role in dehumanizing Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Hollywood, the school of cinema has created a web page showcasing AAPI and BIPOC student and archival work, and offering our School's statement of anti-racism and support for the AAPI community.
San Francisco State University School of Cinema Community Agreements for Engagement
- Critique ideas, not people.
- Assume others’ best intent.
- Everybody is a teacher. Everybody is a learner.
- Ask for clarification and help.
- Recognize that all who are here belong here.
- Listen before speaking.
- Design a protocol and assign a role for moderation of discussion.
- Frame feedback constructively.
- Remove punitive consequences of discussions.
- Encourage and invite everyone to share (in their own way). [Step up. Step back. (Monitor your own participation and encourage all to participate).]
- Allow (invite) people to make and learn from their mistakes.
- Try to stay on topic.
- Make it brief.
- Recognize that their inequalities among us (and be mindful of what you don’t know).
- Make transparent & conclusive decisions with action item agendas.
- Support shared agreements.
What additional agreements for engagement would you suggest for this community at this time?
School of Cinema Statement of Values: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- We value respect and open-mind(ful)edness.
- We want courses and faculty that represent women and underrepresented groups.
- Engagement, collaboration, and presence
- Balance of theory and practice in everything we do
- Value different backgrounds in everything we do
- Respect: do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Treat others how you wish to be treated.
- Recognize your own filters.
- Create an environment that empowers all students through the recognition of inequalities.
- Recognize and value the achievements of women, people of color, and all underrepresented groups as a model for what we want to see in the cinema profession.
- Allow everyone to be heard and to shine.
- Be kind and patient towards each other.
- Actively create a space where all people can learn and grow equally.
- Show films that represent and value diverse voices.
- Recognize inequality in order to provide support needed.
- We value mutual respect between staff, faculty and students.
- We value collaboration and providing equitable opportunities in our learning environments.
- We encourage the existence of a diversity of voices in our school.
- Down with censorship!
SFSU CINEMA Syllabus Statements
- SFSU School of Cinema recognizes structural inequalities in the film and media industries and cinematic arts. We strive to achieve inclusion and access for all.
- We want our classrooms to look like the profession of the future: empowering women, people of color, & underrepresented groups as vital and diverse voices in our society.
- We want to create an environment that empowers all students, recognizing and addressing the history of oppression in our industry. We want to “be excellent to each other!”