Monthly Archives: April 2011

SDESC Letter of Support for ACR 34

April 20, 2011

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, California 94249-0050

Dear Assemblyman Lara:

The San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium enthusiastically supports the co-authored resolution on Ethnic Studies (ACR 34). The 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 in K-12 schools and higher education. Continue reading


ACTION ALERT! Support Ethnic Studies in CA Legislation

Please support ACR 34! Sample letter below.

Fact Sheet Assembly Members Ricardo Lara & Luis Alejo ACR 34
United for Ethnic Studies in California”



INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Lara
Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Alejo

MARCH 8, 2011

Relative to ethnic studies.


ACR 34, as introduced, Lara. Ethnic studies programs.

This measure would formally endorse the invaluable work of California’s ethnic studies programs, and their faculty, staff, and students. The measure would recognize the leadership provided by the beneficiaries of those programs, and would support the continuation of ethnic studies programs in California’s institutions of higher education. Continue reading

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

Published on Monday, April 11, 2011 by

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
by Chris Hedges

A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs. Continue reading

1st Annual IDEAS Conference @ City College

The 1st Annual IDEAS Conference at San Diego City College educates undocumented students in surrounding communities about the possibility of reaching higher education.  Our message is one of hope for undocumented youth in education: the CA Dream Act presents the opportunity to alleviate our financial struggles in light of rising tuition costs. The California Dream Act would allow undocumented students that meet in-state tuition requirements to receive institutional or state financial aid. The conference is a way of maintaining momentum to empower students to pursue their dreams while advocating for change. This work is especially important since 65,000 undocumented high school students graduate every year. Unfortunately, only 5-10% of these students continue on to higher education although the passage of Assembly Bill 540 allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public institutions.We will also have a workshop where you can learn about immigration policies and your rights as individuals, workers or student and support groups within our community. Evento en inglés y español.

Sponsored by Individuals Dedicated to the Education of AB-540 Students (IDEAS).

New Publication by Michelle Holling

Congratulations to our CSUSM colleague Michelle Holling for her recent publication!

Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz?,
eds. Michelle A. Holling and Bernadette M. Calafell (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011)

Taking up the charge to study discourses of marginalized groups, while simultaneously extending scholarship about Latina/os in the field of Communication, Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? provides the most current work examining the vernacular voices of Latina/os. The editors of this diverse collection structure the book along four topics—Locating Foundations, Citizenship and Belonging, The Politics of Self-Representation, and Trans/National Voces—that are guided by the organizing principle of voz/voces [voice/voces]. Voz/voces resonates not only in intellectual endeavors but also in public arenas in which perceptions of Latina/os’ being of one voice circulate. The study of voz/voces proceeds from a variety of sites including cultural myth, social movement, music, testimonios, a website, and autoethnographic performance. By questioning and addressing the politics of voz/voces, the essays collectively underscore the complexity that shapes Latina/o multivocality. Ultimately, the contours of Latina/o vernacular expressions call attention to the ways that these unique communities continue to craft identities that transform social understandings of who Latina/os are, to engage in forms of resistance that alter relations of power, and to challenge self- and dominant representations. Continue reading