Santa Barbara USD Petition

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Ethnic Studies benefits all students by providing a complex, rich, and critical history of the United States. Given the multitude of issues facing our county, it is important to prepare our students to be global citizens with the knowledge of and the appreciation for the contributions of multiple cultures and histories.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, despite the fact that the majority of students are students of color. Research demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates. Further, we advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary.

It is time that all Santa Barbara Unified School District students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that inspire and motivate young people to connect in meaningful ways to the larger community. Several high school districts throughout the state are implementing Ethnic Studies programs, including the largest district in CA, Los Angeles Unified School District.

Who's signing

Victoria Zdeb
Christopher Greeley
Dennis Brand
Jennifer Kam
Javier Gil
Young Ji Kim
Matt Jimenez
Luke Janes
Julia Lee
Sophie von Hunnius
715 SIGNATURES
700 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cheryl Lopez
    signed 2018-03-19 18:52:12 -0700
  • Victoria Zdeb
    signed via 2018-03-19 16:49:13 -0700
  • Horace Raymond
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-19 15:51:22 -0700
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
  • Christopher Greeley
    signed 2018-03-19 15:50:57 -0700
  • Joan Vignocchi
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-19 11:41:27 -0700
    Sign our petition! Improve local high school education!
  • Joan Vignocchi
    @chinagrrljoan tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-19 11:41:21 -0700
    Sign our petition! Improve local high school education! http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/sbusd?recruiter_id=57119
  • Joan Vignocchi
    signed 2018-03-19 11:16:44 -0700
  • Pratik Raghu
    signed 2018-03-17 18:18:32 -0700
    Let the voices of the many speak in schools throughout Santa Barbara. Students deserve to know about the long histories and cultures of resistance and social transformation to which they and their communities belong.
  • Barbara Parmet
    signed 2018-03-17 09:40:06 -0700
  • Rachel Altman
    signed 2018-03-14 13:50:07 -0700
    I advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary. It’s time to recognize the need, the importance, and the possibility – for the sake of ALL of our students and future leaders.Let’s act on the research that demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates.
  • Erika Carlos
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-12 14:46:29 -0700
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
  • Erika Carlos
    signed 2018-03-12 13:02:50 -0700
  • Anna Pilhoefer
    signed 2018-03-11 11:38:46 -0700
  • Dennis Brand
    signed 2018-03-02 10:01:33 -0800
  • Tammy LeMelle
    signed 2018-02-28 20:33:53 -0800
  • Christina Lange
    signed 2018-02-27 17:39:25 -0800
    Do it because in college it’s too late to begin teaching frameworks to understand race, racism, and power!
  • Shelby Arthur
    signed 2018-02-27 08:15:06 -0800
  • Amanda Schrepel
    signed 2018-02-26 22:52:54 -0800
  • Jennifer Kam
    signed 2018-02-26 21:02:03 -0800
  • Javier Gil
    signed 2018-02-26 19:16:27 -0800
    Dab
  • Young Ji Kim
    signed 2018-02-26 17:26:05 -0800
  • Matt Jimenez
    signed 2018-02-26 16:57:54 -0800
    This country needs ethnic studies
  • Richard Mora
    signed 2018-02-26 16:52:49 -0800
    Here for this! 👍🏼
  • Abigail Benitez
    signed 2018-02-26 16:40:32 -0800
  • Howard Winant
    signed 2018-02-26 13:46:14 -0800
    I’m a professor at UCSB. Over the years I have been involved in many efforts to increase attention to ethnic studies in curricula at all levels. This reform both insures that students are more equipped to operate in a diverse and multicultural society, and meets guidelines set out by the California legislature. What is the SBUSD waiting for?


    Thanks!
  • Luke Janes
    signed 2018-02-26 13:14:42 -0800
  • Julia Lee
    signed 2018-02-26 12:41:38 -0800
  • Ellizibeth Schmoll
    signed 2018-02-26 12:10:48 -0800
  • Max Golding
    signed 2018-02-26 12:06:38 -0800
  • Sophie von Hunnius
    signed 2018-02-26 11:35:24 -0800
    Sophie von Hunnius

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