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.

Who's signing

Luis Ojeda
Viridiana Romano
Luis Pablo
Dulce Gonzalez
Ashley Nicole Hernandez
Fatima Castaneda
Stephanie Ibarra
cesar pineda
Ashley Hernandez
Michael Cranshaw
Gerardo Mendoza
329 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Karla Lucatero
    signed 2015-05-19 11:41:27 -0700
  • Marco Antonio Rosales
    signed 2015-05-19 11:37:10 -0700
  • Michelle Villegas
    signed 2015-05-19 10:42:39 -0700
    As a ethnic studies college graduate, I support ethnic studies for the enrichment of high school academics!
  • Luis Ojeda
    signed 2015-05-19 09:42:31 -0700
  • Viridiana Romano
    signed 2015-05-18 23:20:10 -0700
  • Edgar Cruz
    signed 2015-05-18 22:54:55 -0700
  • Mickie Tang
    signed 2015-05-18 21:52:09 -0700
  • Luis Pablo
    signed 2015-05-18 21:40:50 -0700
  • Dulce Gonzalez
    signed 2015-05-18 18:40:53 -0700
  • Rhonda Rios Kravitz
    signed 2015-05-18 15:52:13 -0700
  • kathryn Rowley DePace
    signed 2015-05-11 21:07:20 -0700
  • Ashley Nicole Hernandez
    signed 2015-05-09 15:53:44 -0700
  • Ramon Diaz
    signed 2015-05-04 12:51:46 -0700
    Great to see and to support our very own Sacramento City USD for Ethnic Studies Now Campaign. I had passed out over 200 flyers at the 5co de Mayo Concert here at Southside Park of Sacramento hoping to reach out to others for their support. Chicanismo Si!
  • Fatima Castaneda
    signed 2015-04-27 22:51:04 -0700
  • Lucila Chavez
    signed 2015-04-26 20:59:36 -0700
  • Stephanie Ibarra
    signed 2015-04-13 22:04:59 -0700
  • Jackie Gomez
    signed via 2015-04-08 23:45:01 -0700
  • cesar pineda
    signed 2015-04-08 14:03:57 -0700
  • Ashley Hernandez
    signed 2015-04-04 08:29:51 -0700
  • Michael Cranshaw
    signed 2015-04-03 22:12:50 -0700
  • Blanca Cruz
    signed 2015-04-03 21:55:20 -0700
  • Maribel Lopez-Aragon
    signed 2015-04-03 14:23:15 -0700
  • Maria Martin
    signed 2015-04-02 16:43:46 -0700
  • Deonte victoria
    signed 2015-04-01 16:47:22 -0700
  • Mirla Mendoza
    signed 2015-03-30 17:55:04 -0700
  • Gerardo Mendoza
    signed 2015-03-30 17:52:08 -0700
  • Richard Ramos
    signed via 2015-03-28 09:20:03 -0700
  • Omar Medina
    signed 2015-03-27 00:48:09 -0700
  • Bee Vang
    signed 2015-03-25 14:56:43 -0700
  • Stephaniey Yang
    signed 2015-03-25 14:40:51 -0700

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