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

Gisela Escalera
Eustanik Blanco
Ramona Landeros
carlos vasquez
Kathleen Gomez
vincent urrutia
steve lott
Durell vibat
Cruz Franco
Kristin Barrios
Emil Cruz
Van Nguyen
jeremy lim
Dale Cantiller
Mark Suacillo
Jeb Cabatingan
Melanie Umadhay
Shawn Hocson
331 signatures

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  • Gisela Escalera
    signed 2015-03-02 14:48:05 -0800
  • Eustanik Blanco
    signed 2015-03-02 11:22:46 -0800
  • Ramona Landeros
    signed via 2015-03-02 10:37:48 -0800
  • Laura Contreras
    signed 2015-03-01 23:43:05 -0800
  • Jason Fullmore
    signed via 2015-03-01 22:41:03 -0800
  • Ale Calderón B. Fuentes
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-01 22:16:07 -0800
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  • carlos vasquez
    signed 2015-03-01 20:20:21 -0800
  • Jaquelyn Gallardo
    signed 2015-03-01 18:28:37 -0800
  • Jesus Arenas
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-01 17:46:09 -0800
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  • Jesus Rubio
    signed 2015-03-01 17:45:37 -0800
  • Laureen Riddick
    signed 2015-03-01 16:12:03 -0800
  • Ruben Gonzalez
    signed 2015-03-01 15:33:54 -0800
  • Jose del Barrio
    signed 2015-03-01 11:24:59 -0800
  • Kathleen Gomez
    signed 2015-02-28 19:00:34 -0800
  • vincent urrutia
    signed 2015-02-28 13:35:52 -0800
  • Erik Abacan
    signed 2015-02-28 13:31:32 -0800
  • steve lott
    signed via 2015-02-28 11:32:47 -0800
  • Durell vibat
    signed 2015-02-28 10:01:04 -0800
  • Cruz Franco
    signed 2015-02-27 23:41:00 -0800
  • Kristin Barrios
    signed 2015-02-27 18:06:37 -0800
  • Emil Cruz
    signed 2015-02-27 17:37:53 -0800
  • Van Nguyen
    signed 2015-02-27 17:26:06 -0800
  • jeremy lim
    signed 2015-02-27 16:57:18 -0800
  • Dale Cantiller
    signed 2015-02-27 16:06:25 -0800
  • Mark Suacillo
    signed 2015-02-27 15:52:39 -0800
  • Julius Toledo
    signed 2015-02-27 15:28:32 -0800
  • Jeb Cabatingan
    signed 2015-02-27 15:27:19 -0800
  • Raquel Toledo
    signed 2015-02-27 15:18:20 -0800
  • Melanie Umadhay
    signed 2015-02-27 15:13:02 -0800
  • Shawn Hocson
    signed 2015-02-27 15:05:56 -0800

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