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

331 signatures

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  • Bee Vang
    signed 2015-03-25 14:56:43 -0700
  • Stephaniey Yang
    signed 2015-03-25 14:40:51 -0700
  • Veronica Beaty
    signed 2015-03-25 10:17:34 -0700
  • Eugene Willis Jr.
    signed 2015-03-25 09:35:56 -0700
    This is a tremendous effort.
  • arthur aleman
    signed 2015-03-24 22:02:26 -0700
  • Andy Roldan
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-24 19:04:00 -0700
    Sign the petition: Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD)
  • Andy Roldan
    signed via 2015-03-24 19:03:36 -0700
  • Simon Vue
    signed 2015-03-24 18:17:42 -0700
  • Yovany Flores
    signed 2015-03-24 14:49:01 -0700
  • Marw Seaton
    signed 2015-03-22 12:16:35 -0700
  • Richard Bevas
    signed 2015-03-22 11:11:07 -0700
  • Alden Hunter
    signed 2015-03-20 10:04:35 -0700
  • Salvador Vega Jr
    signed 2015-03-19 18:10:54 -0700
  • Jaqueline Vargas-Onate
    signed 2015-03-19 16:26:23 -0700
  • Nancy Xiong
    signed 2015-03-19 15:41:43 -0700
  • Tri-Thien Nguyen Lam
    signed 2015-03-18 23:32:08 -0700
  • dawn miller
    signed via 2015-03-18 21:05:24 -0700
  • trina smith
    signed 2015-03-17 22:40:26 -0700
  • Guillermina Naranjo
    signed 2015-03-17 19:20:31 -0700
  • Carmen Johnston
    signed 2015-03-17 18:59:00 -0700
  • Alicia Hecht
    signed 2015-03-17 17:38:18 -0700
  • Jehangir Dastur
    signed via 2015-03-17 16:32:48 -0700
  • Kyle Meador
    signed 2015-03-17 10:28:54 -0700
  • Gillian Claycomb
    signed via 2015-03-17 10:19:06 -0700
  • Anne Zerrien-Lee
    signed via 2015-03-17 09:58:20 -0700
  • jose gonzalez
    signed 2015-03-17 07:17:43 -0700
    Ethnic Studies Now! It is a human right to know one’s ethnic history and their ethnic contributions to our country!
  • Connie Rosales
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-17 04:24:39 -0700
    Sign the petition: Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD)
  • Connie Rosales
    signed 2015-03-17 04:24:23 -0700
  • Malika Murray
    signed 2015-03-16 23:22:12 -0700
  • Michael Brim
    signed 2015-03-16 23:10:26 -0700

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