"Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race Resistance and Relevance" is an academic conference that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the field of Ethnic Studies and the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, October 7-10, 2009. On Friday we'll be hosting "Ethnic Studies Beyond the Academy: Theory and Action at the Grassroots Abstract", an interactive panel that will explore alternative frames for research to both move organizing campaigns and influence policymaking. Panelists include former ARC Executive Director (ED) Gary Delgado, Coleman Advocates ED NTanya Lee, and myself, Jorge Rivas, editor of RaceWire.org. The description of the panel and details are below: ETHNIC STUDIES BEYOND THE ACADEMY: THEORY AND ACTION AT THE GRASSROOTS @ SFSU Friday October 9th, ROSA PARKS-C 11:10 AM - 1:00 PM This interactive panel will explore alternative frames for research to both move organizing campaigns and influence policymaking. Our speakers include academics, researchers, and community organizers working to uncover racial disparities and the solutions to close the gap. They will unpack the dominant frame distorting policy debate and then outline their research, told through their alternative frame. The panel will also provide opportunities for the audience to participate in framing their own research.