Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD)

 Why Ethnic Studies?

We, the undersigned, support the effort to construct and implement an ethnic studies class as a high school graduation requirement in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Sacramento, CA is the 2nd most ethnically diverse city in the United States (US Census Bureau, 2015). Our school district is a beautiful mirror of our population; our students are 37% Hispanic or Latino, 17.4% Asian, 18% African American, 19% white, and 5.3% of students are two or more ethnicities. In our district, residents speak over 44 languages and 38% do not speak English at home (SCUSD, 2015).

We need a high school curriculum that reflects the diversity of all students.  Despite our numbers, only 1 out of 13 high schools within our district offers ethnic studies.  Because over 80% of our school district populations are students of color, we need to offer a course that includes and investigates these rich histories and lived experiences.

By having an ethnic studies course, our hope is that all students will learn to respect, accept, and love themselves.  We want all students to think critically about the importance of their race, ethnicity, location, and identity as it exists in history and in the present.  We believe that ethnic studies courses can offer important narratives that are missing from the euro-centric lens that history is often shown through.  We want to empower our students to learn more about themselves and their communities, build empathy and unity with other ethnic groups, and push for social justice.

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329 signatures

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  • Ruben Urzua
    signed 2018-06-28 13:18:37 -0700
    Ruben Urzua
  • Froylan Mendoza
    signed 2018-03-12 11:40:52 -0700
  • Angelica Rodriguez
    signed 2018-01-29 11:55:09 -0800
    Our education and global understanding can only improve with Ethnic Studies not be hindered. Our Students. Our Ethnicity. Our Understanding. Our Communal Progress.
  • Mary Stokke
    signed 2017-05-13 10:35:31 -0700
    Mary Stokke
  • Gabriella Orozco
    signed 2016-10-20 12:35:26 -0700
  • Tammy Nettles
    signed 2016-07-30 13:27:25 -0700
  • William Franco
    signed via 2016-07-25 11:23:35 -0700
    This will only help our children be more mindful of how important studies like this can be to improve the knowledge of our struggles and further the common knowledge of our stories.
  • Mariely Diaz
    signed 2016-06-02 08:16:33 -0700
  • Greg Palmer
    signed 2016-05-16 22:52:15 -0700
  • Mike Rodriguez
    signed 2016-05-09 08:43:58 -0700
  • Stacey Willett
    signed 2016-04-18 09:23:49 -0700
  • Nathan Phillips
    signed 2016-04-06 11:41:58 -0700
  • David Orozco
    signed 2016-04-06 11:38:48 -0700
  • Lorena Marquez
    signed 2015-06-04 13:38:27 -0700
  • Mae Chaplin
    signed 2015-06-03 10:08:01 -0700
  • Nicholaus Huang
    signed via 2015-06-01 08:50:06 -0700
  • Santiago Andres Garcia
    signed 2015-05-27 21:02:56 -0700
    Adelante ETHNIC STUDIES!!! Implement!
  • Kendra Macias
    signed 2015-05-22 15:56:48 -0700
  • Nicki Harrelson
    signed 2015-05-21 18:20:18 -0700
  • Bobby Dalton Roy
    signed 2015-05-21 16:52:03 -0700
    An education is useless if it is not relevant and meaningful.
  • Jose Ramiro Hernandez
    signed 2015-05-21 16:18:59 -0700
  • Savannah Mendoza
    signed 2015-05-21 15:53:23 -0700
  • Stevie Phothisane
    signed 2015-05-21 01:55:49 -0700
  • April Lor
    signed 2015-05-20 23:26:25 -0700
  • Harold fong
    signed 2015-05-20 14:05:55 -0700
  • Heidi Ramirez
    signed 2015-05-20 12:31:58 -0700
  • Mariana Garcia
    signed via 2015-05-20 09:11:35 -0700
  • Jazmin Mejia
    signed 2015-05-19 20:55:37 -0700
  • Mary Helen Doherty
    signed 2015-05-19 16:46:19 -0700
  • Jasmin Aleman
    signed 2015-05-19 15:06:37 -0700

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