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

Fidel Deaquino
Mariela Guido
Kristell Canelo
Roxanna Camacho
Jannille Parodi
Cindy Gutierrez
Alicia Meza
Garry Hilario
Luis De Paz
Cynthia Ortiz
Rosana Chavez
Charlito Angeles
Angelica Rodriguez
Efren M Guttierrez
Lisa Duong
329 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Fidel Deaquino
    signed via 2015-03-11 15:09:39 -0700
    Once social justice begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future and the future is ours. -Cesar Chavez
  • Mariela Guido
    signed 2015-03-11 15:04:51 -0700
  • Kristell Canelo
    @_krissss_ tweeted link to this page. 2015-03-11 15:01:25 -0700
    Sign the petition: Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD) http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/scusd?recruiter_id=33400
  • Kristell Canelo
    signed 2015-03-11 15:00:42 -0700
  • Roxanna Camacho
    signed 2015-03-11 13:45:07 -0700
  • Efrain Ramirez
    signed 2015-03-11 13:02:11 -0700
    Because of the diversity of students is very important an Ethnic Studies Class
  • Brenda Gutierrez
    signed 2015-03-11 12:12:40 -0700
  • Jannille Parodi
    signed 2015-03-11 12:07:06 -0700
  • Cindy Gutierrez
    signed 2015-03-11 11:23:36 -0700
  • Josue Daniel
    @Jdaniell7 tweeted link to this page. 2015-03-11 09:44:30 -0700
    Sign the petition: Ethnic Studies Now Petition (SCUSD) http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/scusd?recruiter_id=33388
  • Josue Yaque
    signed 2015-03-11 09:44:01 -0700
  • Anna Zepeda
    signed 2015-03-10 21:31:18 -0700
  • Alicia Meza
    signed via 2015-03-10 16:31:44 -0700
  • anilem mckay
    signed 2015-03-10 14:12:58 -0700
  • Garry Hilario
    signed 2015-03-10 09:20:01 -0700
  • Nicole Martinez
    signed 2015-03-09 22:58:01 -0700
    I support Ethnic Studies in all classrooms. Sacramento Unified School District has the chance to be a leader in our region. Our students are so diverse we will only grow in our education when we learn more about one another. We need to make this happen.
  • Emy DuDash
    signed via 2015-03-09 18:02:44 -0700
  • Luis De Paz
    signed 2015-03-09 11:16:34 -0700
  • Joanna Villalpando
    signed 2015-03-09 11:15:06 -0700
  • Omar Magana
    signed 2015-03-09 11:14:35 -0700
  • Cynthia Ortiz
    signed via 2015-03-09 11:11:27 -0700
  • Dennis Kennedy
    signed via 2015-03-09 10:21:18 -0700
  • Ronald F. Jimenez
    signed 2015-03-09 09:00:33 -0700
  • Rosana Chavez
    signed 2015-03-06 19:54:06 -0800
  • Charlito Angeles
    signed 2015-03-05 18:42:40 -0800
  • Emily Andrade
    signed 2015-03-05 10:31:34 -0800
  • Angelica Rodriguez
    signed 2015-03-05 10:24:20 -0800
  • Efren M Guttierrez
    signed via 2015-03-05 07:24:57 -0800
  • Lisa Duong
    signed 2015-03-04 21:33:51 -0800
  • Genelle Corum
    signed via 2015-03-04 21:29:02 -0800
    Yes!

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