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

Matt Jimenez
Luke Janes
Julia Lee
Sophie von Hunnius
Patricia Forrest
Joan McKay
Anna Reed
Heather Campbell
Sadie Kimball
Gracie Huerta
Jeremie Robins
726 SIGNATURES
700 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Patricia Forrest
    signed 2018-02-26 11:08:22 -0800
  • Joan McKay
    signed 2018-02-26 11:02:19 -0800
  • Christina Boardman
    signed 2018-02-26 11:01:46 -0800
  • Sylvia Sullivan
    signed 2018-02-26 10:57:09 -0800
  • Stanley Tzankov
    signed 2018-01-23 11:29:35 -0800
  • ひ ろ せ 。
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-04 20:39:33 -0800
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
  • ひ ろ せ 。
    @miyumaria_8199 tweeted link to this page. 2017-12-04 20:39:27 -0800
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/sbusd?recruiter_id=56717
  • Miyu Hirose
    signed 2017-12-04 20:38:56 -0800
  • Anna Reed
    signed 2017-11-30 12:51:48 -0800
  • Syd Abad
    signed 2017-09-20 12:14:05 -0700
  • Andi Garcia
    signed via 2017-09-18 09:25:06 -0700
  • Kym Paszkeicz
    signed 2017-09-16 14:49:16 -0700
  • Avrom Altman
    signed 2017-09-14 07:40:30 -0700
  • Heather Campbell
    signed 2017-09-14 07:28:46 -0700
  • Jeremy Neill
    signed 2017-09-13 17:23:30 -0700
  • Sarah Maiani
    signed 2017-09-13 11:58:12 -0700
  • Sadie Kimball
    signed 2017-09-06 12:23:50 -0700
  • jessica De Leon
    signed 2017-07-20 22:58:25 -0700
  • Gracie Huerta
    signed 2017-06-14 23:36:16 -0700
  • David Sañosa
    signed 2017-06-12 09:58:26 -0700
  • Jeremie Robins
    signed 2017-06-05 15:54:55 -0700

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