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Ethnic Studies Faculty And Students Lead Teach-Ins At University of San Diego

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego held five campus teach-ins Fall Semester 2016. Our teach-ins addressed the shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, the 2016 presidential election, National #NoDAPL Day of Action, solidarity for Standing Rock, and immigrant rights.

Teach-in for Alfred Olango 10/4/16p1190009p1180903

Teach-in for 2016 Presidential Election 11/9/16p1190088

Teach-in for National #NoDAPL Day of Action 11/15/16p1190099p1190116

Teach-in for Standing Rock Solidarity 12/6/16p1190811p1190814

Teach-in for Immigrant Rightsp1190818


Mesa College Chicano Studies Receives $80K Gift from Gracia Molina de Pick

March 15, 2013 – San Diego Mesa College has received an $80,000 gift from renowned educator, activist and feminist, Gracia Molina de Pick. The gift will bolster the Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department — which she helped to found in 1970 — by establishing the Gracia Molina de Pick/Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Endowment Fund. It will also create an annual student scholarship in her honor, and enable the creation of an annual lecture series that honors her legacy. Continue reading

Students Step Up Tucson Walkouts: Protest School District Folly and Mexican American Studies Banishment

By Jeff Biggers
Common Dreams
January 24, 2012


As the nation watches the Tucson Unified School District’s spiral into disarray, hundreds of students walked out of their Tucson schools Monday in a coordinated protest against the banishment of the district’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program.

Pouring into the downtown Tucson area from Pueblo, Cholla and Tucson high schools, among other institutions, the students brought their march to the offices of floundering Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) administrators. In recent days, administrators and board members have issued a series of conflicting and inaccurate statements and carried out the extreme actions of confiscating books in front of children. Continue reading

Announcement and Call for Papers: 2nd Binational Conference on Border Issues

Announcement and Call for Papers
2nd Binational Conference on Border Issues
San Diego City College
December 1, 2011
9 am – 3 pm, Room D 121A

* Versión en español, favor de ver abajo

Politics of Violence: Militarization, Incarceration and Globalization in the U.S.-Mexico Border Area

The U.S./Mexico border has become increasingly important and relevant to populations living and interacting with one another on both sides of this international boundary. Impacts and perceptions of the border region continue to be the subject of many contemporary research projects, advocacy and activism. Papers in this conference will explore the impact of the border on populations living both in the U.S. and Mexico. They may also discuss how these populations perceive and respond to these impacts from various perspectives through current research, activism, advocacy and life experience. Continue reading

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 TruthDig.com

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