Ethnic studies courses benefit all students

By Thandeka K. Chapman & Tricia M. Gallagher-Geurtsen


On June 9, 2015, the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) approved a resolution for an Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee to begin meeting immediately to “develop recommendations as to how ethnic studies can be implemented and accessible to all students in the San Diego Unified School District throughout their K-12 educational experience.”


When students see themselves reflected in what they are learning, their experiences in school become more meaningful helping them to engage more deeply in school. The research shows this to be true: Students who take ethnic studies courses show increased academic engagement, academic achievement and personal empowerment. Ethnic studies also has a positive impact on cross-racial understanding.


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Will California Lead the Way in Ethnic Studies?

AB 101 Ethnic Studies: I have met numerous students who have taken Ethnic Studies courses in college always return to say, “Why didn’t I learn about this in high school?”

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Critical Ethnic Studies MA Degree – DePaul University

DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer the first graduate program in a new and exciting field that utilizes Chicago as a living classroom. 

The Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies prepares students for advanced analysis of race and ethnicity in an urban and global context. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to the studies of systematic marginalization of racialized minorities. It also looks at how racialized groups respond to and counter these forces through art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship. 
We emphasize social justice and transformation while focusing on U.S. ethno-racial populations through an intersectional, transnational, and urban framework. Students apply critical theories to complex social and cultural issues. The program consists of a combination of core courses and electives and a final project or internship.


Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program : NPR

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The Tucson Unified School District is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona.

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School District Takes Issue With Urrea Interview; Urrea Responds | BillMoyers

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“Read Tucson Unified School District’s objection to assertions made during the interview, and Urrea’s response.

The real point is that ethnic studies is not anti-American but is in fact a gateway to American culture for disenfranchised populations who don’t always know how to access that culture.”

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Arizona’s Ban on Ethnic Studies Worries More Than Latinos

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Horne’s opposition to the program began in 2007 after United Farm Worker activist Dolores Huerta made a comment during a public speaking event at Tucson High School that “Republicans hate Latinos.” In protest, Horne wrote a letter criticizing the La Raza Program and its use of certain books in the curriculum, including “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos,” by Rodolfo Acuna, a professor and founder of the Chicano studies program at Cal State Northridge.   The state law may have been designed to crack down on a single program in the Tucson school district, but educators across the state say it will have far-reaching effects.   “This is another way of silencing others’ history,” said Myla Vicenti Carpio, an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona (ASU), voicing her personal opposition to the law. “For them to say, we don’t want ethnic studies, it means that these specific histories aren’t important and that they are threatening this narrative that America is great and doesn’t do anything wrong.”