COVID-19: MA Student Support & Resources


Dear Ethnic Studies MA Students,

I hope you all are doing well and in good health - physically, emotionally, mentally. The move to online instruction and the Shelter In Place order have been big transitions for us all.

For those of you working on your thesis, your committee members are aware that your research methods may have changed due to the Shelter In Place order. The Division of Graduate Studies has also shifted the method in which you will be submitting your thesis (more info below).

For those of you enrolled in classes, your instructors are making adjustments to ensure that learning opportunities continue even though we're not coming together on campus.

Thank you for your patience during this time as we all shift into new modes of interacting with one another. I've asked your instructors/thesis committee members to keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic also brings with it new responsibilities and stressors that may not have previously been a part of our day-to-day lives. Together we will create a stable learning and research environment that is rooted in compassion.

Below are links to some resources that may be useful for you, your friends, family members, and neighbors.

I hope you're staying healthy, taking good care of yourselves and your loved ones, and navigating this time with care and as much calm as possible. 


Sincerely and in community,

Prof. Katynka Martinez





SF State’s COVID-19 Information for Students and Families:


Frequently Asked Questions During Remote Instruction:


Instructional Continuity at SF State:


Steps for Submitting MA Thesis: Students will no longer be required to go to campus for their thesis format check. Instead, they will email their preliminary thesis pages to Maham Khan and she will look it over and inform students of any necessary edits. If everything looks fine, then Maham will send students an online fill-able thesis receipt.


Division of Graduate Studies: Check here for additional updates from the Division of Graduate Studies:


Food+Shelter+Success: Assistance with addressing basic needs that include safety, food, housing, and access to mental health services:


Hope Crisis Fund: SF State has an emergency loan fund to help students manage unexpected crisis situations. Eligibility criteria and application instructions are available at:


Gator Groceries/on-campus food pantry: Visit this link to register to participate in the food pantry/food cupboard that is available for SF State students:


Free Meal Cards: Students may qualify for free on-campus meals at City Eats. Visit this link for more info.


Dean-On-Call Program: An excellent resource to assist students navigate the university and find answers to questions. They support students through four primary approaches: (1) Case management, (2) Ombuds, (3) Advocacy, (4) Referral. Their info is available at:


DREAM Resource Center Virtual Support: The Dream Resource Center is committed ot supporting students during the transition and shift in services. Students may emailing or for more info, visit:


Counseling and Psychological Services: SF State's Counseling & Psychological Services is offering phone and video appointments. Information on how to schedule an appointment is available at:


The SAFE Place: Advocacy services continue to be offered through telephone and zoom video calls. The SAFE Place provides crisis intervention, advocacy, and confidential Title IX support for Survivors dealing with past or recent incidents of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, sexual harassment and/or stalking. More information available at:

Registrar Updates:


Financial Aid Updates:


College of Ethnic Studies COVID-19 News for Students:


Ethnic Studies Graduate Office: We are available via email during this period of remote services. College of Ethnic Studies Administrative Assistant Dottie Ross will be checking email and responding or forwarding as appropriate. She can be reached at  The Ethnic Studies Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Martinez, can be reached at




CA Unemployment: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you may be able to file an Unemployment Insurance claim here:


CA Disability Insurance: If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you may be able to file a Disability Insurance claim here:

CA Paid Family Leave: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you may be able to file a Paid Family Leave claim here:


Employment rights for undocumented workers: Information is available here:


The Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund (OUR Fund) provides critical support to immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:


Statewide/national resources for undocumented workers are available via this document.




San Francisco Residential Eviction Moratorium: For more information on whether you qualify for the moratorium on eviction due to non-payment of rent, please read this guidance.


Catholic Charities Access Point San Francisco: Located in the Bayview District, they provide assessment and intake services for families for entry into shelter and housing program placement. They also serve Marin and San Mateo counties. Please visit: or call (415) 430-6320.


Compass Family Services: Helps homeless families and those at risk of homelessness in San Francisco achieve housing stability, economic self-sufficiency, and well being. Provides a comprehensive range of support services designed specifically for those in distress. Please visit: or call (415) 644-0504.





Oakland Unified School District and San Francisco Unified School District (and other Bay Area school districts) will provide free meals to all children 18 and younger during the period when classes are not in session. Visit the following links for a map of sites and the latest information:  &