Angela Valenzuela

  • signed Petition AB 2772 Ethnic Studies 2018-03-23 13:20:04 -0700
    We here in Texas who are offering Mexican American Studies right now are watching California and could strongly benefit as a state, as well, with Ethnic Studies being a statewide requirement for high school graduation. All of our students absolutely need the knowledge and skills that they need Good luck with this.

    Students need to learn current theories about the intersectionality and the social construction of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Most importantly, it helps them to become agents of transformative change in their communities.

    So very encouraging and inspiring!

    Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D.

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Petition AB 2772 Ethnic Studies

    Please CLICK HERE to send an email today to the Senate Education Committee asking them to support AB 2772 Ethnic Studies for California high schools. 

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    I support AB 2772 which will add a course of ethnic studies to be a high school graduation requirement beginning the school year of 2023-2024.

    California has one of the largest and most diverse student populations in the nation. Ethnic minorities account for over 71 percent of the student population, with more than 90 languages spoken in District schools.

    Given California’s annual increase in diversity, it is important that students build knowledge of the various racial and ethnic groups in our state. Incorporating ethnic studies courses into standard high school curriculum is a means to accomplish this. Ethnic studies, promotes respect and understanding among races, supports student success and teaches critical thinking skills. Additionally the course provides students with the opportunity to learn about their respective culture in the context of California’s history.

    Requiring ethnic studies to be taught in high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diversity. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, it is also important for them to feel like they can contribute to their communities in positive ways. AB 2772 will help close the achievement gap by reducing student truancy and student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and better prepare Californian youth to be college prepared and career ready.

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