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

334 signatures

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  • 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
  • Paula Meyer
    signed 2015-03-16 22:23:59 -0700
  • Claudia Rodriguez
    signed via 2015-03-16 22:22:04 -0700
  • Patrick Camangian
    signed via 2015-03-16 22:19:47 -0700
  • Iris Ruiz
    signed 2015-03-16 22:16:35 -0700
  • Tommy Flanagan
    signed 2015-03-16 22:00:15 -0700
  • Carlos Cruz
    signed 2015-03-16 22:00:15 -0700
  • Cheryl Ortega
    signed via 2015-03-16 21:18:19 -0700
  • Javier San Roman
    signed 2015-03-16 20:52:59 -0700
    Adelante Sacramento!
  • Jose Lara
    signed 2015-03-16 20:22:18 -0700
    This is long over due. Our students deserve to see themselves in the curriculum. Let’s empower our students with knowledge about their history.
  • Kate Lenox
    signed 2015-03-16 12:40:11 -0700
    Perfect for senior year. Instead of being a TA learn they would something valuable about the world they will be entering after June.
  • Teresa Villicana
    signed 2015-03-16 11:43:39 -0700
  • Omar Magana
    signed 2015-03-16 10:03:42 -0700
  • Moses Lopez
    signed 2015-03-15 22:34:36 -0700
  • Paul Willis
    signed 2015-03-15 21:52:35 -0700
    I support this movement.
  • Evelyn Rodriguez
    signed 2015-03-15 19:33:32 -0700
  • Fernando Colmenares
    signed 2015-03-14 22:53:34 -0700
  • Marina Garcia
    signed 2015-03-14 12:03:51 -0700
  • Amanda Montenegro
    signed 2015-03-14 00:09:48 -0700
  • Laura Ochoa
    signed 2015-03-13 22:00:04 -0700
  • Zerica Moore
    signed 2015-03-13 13:07:48 -0700
  • maritza munoz
    signed 2015-03-12 19:07:09 -0700
    LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN Y’ALL!
  • Christian Ceron
    signed via 2015-03-12 15:10:10 -0700
  • Reina Huerta Roman
    signed via 2015-03-12 12:31:49 -0700
  • Adrian Morales
    signed 2015-03-12 12:08:53 -0700
  • David Diaz
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-12 11:33:59 -0700
    Sign the petition: Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD)
  • David Diaz-Munoz
    signed 2015-03-12 11:33:19 -0700
  • Jessica Gonzalez
    signed 2015-03-11 23:58:40 -0700

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