Nisei Diploma Project


[This] is an opportunity for our state to honor Americans of Japanese descent who suffered a significant injustice. Warren Furutani, CA Assembly Member


In 1942, an estimated 250 Japanese American students were forced to leave their CSU campuses and relocated to internment camps, under federal Executive Order 9066.

In September 2009, the CSU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to honor the academic intentions of these students by awarding them Special Honorary Bachelor of Humane Letters degrees.

Learn more about the Nisei project.

Sharing and Celebrating Stories

sharing and Celebrating StoriesNearly 70 years after Executive Order 9066 forced 250 California State University students to leave their campuses without completing their degrees, several former students' stories will be brought to light through a video project titled
The California State University: Sharing and Celebrating Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients.

The production and dissemination of the stories is funded by a $23,000 grant to the CSU Chancellor's Office from the California State Library through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. If you are interested in attending a screening, please see the schedule above. Additional screenings will be announced as they are scheduled and the videos will be made available online at a later date.

Nisei CASE Award

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The CSU Nisei Diploma Project has received an award from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) in the Communications & Marketing Programs - Video General Information Features - Traditional video, DVD, CD or film category. Thanks to all who worked on the project! See the full .

Video Screenings

San Luis Obispo
March 11, 2012
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2-4 p.m.

Past Screenings
San Diego
February 6, 2012
Los Angeles
January 22, 2012
October 28, 2011
San José
October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011
San Francisco
October 25, 2011


For any questions about the project, the confirmation process, or upcoming ceremonies, contact the CSU Chancellor's Office or a campus representative:
Dominguez Hills
San Diego
San Francisco
San José
San Luis Obispo