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.

The two-day conference features keynote presentations, a teach-in, press conference, workshops, and performances from faculty, students, and community members. It kicks off national Ethnic Studies Week which runs October 1-7, 2010.

$10 for faculty; $5 for students/community.. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, please email To register on-line, visit

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 1, 2010
4:00-5:00pm        Registration @ G-Building
5:00-6:30 pm       Opening Reception and Drum Call featuring Teye Sa Thiossane
6:30-6:45 pm      Welcome, Starla Lewis (Mesa)
6:45-8:00pm       Opening Plenary, featuring Patti Dixon (Palomar), Sharon Elise
(CSUSM), Elisa Barnett (Mesa), Jorge Mariscal (UCSD), & Wayne K. Yang (UCSD); facilitated by Shirley Weber (SDSU)
8:00-9:00pm          Performances by Ishe, Sherehe Roze, Kaleo O’Nalani, & Teatro Izcalli; emceed by Cesar Lopez (Mesa)

Saturday, October 2, 2010
8:00-10:30am       Registration @ G-Building
8:30-8:45 am        Prayer by Falling Rock Drum: Henry Mendibles (Apache), Kim Flying Eagle (Dine), & Frank Eagle Plume Gastelum (Yaqui & Navaho)
9:00-9:05 am       Opening Remarks, Elizabeth J. Armstrong (Interim President, Mesa College)
9:05-9:10 am       Welcome, May Fu (USD)
9:10-9:15 am        Introduction, Gail Perez (USD)
9:15-10:00am      Keynote Presentation, Auggie Romero & Sean Arce, Tucson Unified School District
10:00-10:30am   Press Conference
10:30-12:00pm   Teach-in, featuring Starla Lewis (Mesa), Justin Akers Chacon (City), Long Bui & Rashne Limki (UCSD), and Joely Proudfit (CSUSM)
12:00-1:15pm        Lunch

1:30-3:00pm         Workshop Session I
A. The State of San Diego Ethnic Studies: Report from Our Campuses (Various Faculty)
B: Injecting Race into the Discourse: Critical Race Theory (Manuel Velez, Mesa)
C: Chican@ Literature in San Diego Unified School District (Joe Lara & Macedonio Arteaga, Teatro Izcalli)
D: The Role of Culture in K-12 Education: Pacific American Academy and All Tribes American Indian Charter School (All Tribes American Indian & Pacific Islander Academy Charter Schools)
E: SDESC Student Caucus (Elisa Barnett, Mesa)
F. Teach-in Discussion Group

3:15-4:45pm         Workshop Session II
A: Knowledge is Power: Keys to Surviving Administrative Challenges & Developing Administrative Success (Shirley Weber, SDSU & Thekima Mayasa, Mesa)
B: Race and the Uneven Pipeline to Graduate School: A Workshop with UCSD’s ES Graduate Students
C. African American Music as Social Commentary (Dolores Fisher, SDSU)
D: Ethnic Studies as Educational Justice: Building an Organizational Coalition for Oct 7 + The Importance of Activism (UCSD Students)
E: Writing As a Revolutionary Act: Chicana Publishing for the New Millennium (Rita Sanchez, Mesa)

5:00-5:30pm               Closing, featuring UCSD Art Collective

About the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC)
SDESC 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.

For more information, please email or contact:

César López, Ph.D.                                      May Fu
Associate Professor                                      Assistant Professor
Department of Chicana/o Studies            Department of Ethnic Studies
San Diego Mesa College                             University of San Diego                           

For Spanish-language interviews and contact:

Manual Velez
Assistant Professor
Department of Chicana/o Studies
San Diego Mesa College

Organized by Ethnic Studies faculty, staff, and students from San Diego Mesa College, City College, Palomar College, San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, University of San Diego, & UC San Diego


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