Monthly Archives: September 2010

1st Annual Ethnic Studies Conference 2010

To view the complete program, click here: 2010 Conference Program


Press Release: SDESC Conference & Schedule


San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium invites you to the

1st Annual Ethnic Studies Conference
“Honoring Our Communities, Building Our Futures”
Friday & Saturday, October 1-2, 2010
San Diego Mesa College
Building G-103

Keynote Presentation
Auggie Romero, Director of Student Equity, Tucson Unified School District
Sean Arce, Director of Mexican-American Studies, Tucson Unified School District

About the Conference
Sparked by the recent passage of Arizona House Bill (HB) 2281, which eliminates Ethnic Studies courses at secondary level educational institutions, the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC) invites you to attend its first annual conference on Ethnic Studies. We seek to unite faculty, students, staff, and community members throughout San Diego County in order to reflect upon the recent attacks on the Raza Studies Department in the Tucson Unified School District and its impact on our disciplines. Our conference will examine the state of Ethnic Studies on our campuses and celebrate how our powerful work continues to transform social, political, and community landscapes. Continue reading

Arizona HB 2281


The recent passage of House Bill (HB) 2281 in Arizona, a law that essentially bans Ethnic Studies in K-12 public schools, has generated deep concern among educators, students and staff in our county. This bill caricatures the more than 700 such programs in the nation; along with SB 1070, it sends the message that people of color, indigenous people and immigrants are not welcome in this country and that their histories and cultures should be excluded from public education. While this bill was expressly written to target the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District (and the 3% of the 55,000 students in the district who take such courses), its language implicates programs like American Indian Studies and African American Studies as well. Continue reading

San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium

The San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium is a collaborative of faculty, staff, students, and community members committed to the study of race, ethnicity, and social justice. We represent autonomous academic disciplines and intellectual traditions, including American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black/African American/Africana Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Viewing ourselves as distinct and interconnected, we are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of our disciplines through scholarship, teaching, institutional and community engagement, advocacy, and collaboration.