Richard Soto

  • signed Petition AB 2772 Ethnic Studies 2018-06-15 09:59:13 -0700
    I have supported Ethnic Studies since 1969 and El Plan de Santa Barbara, as a result when I became a high school counselor in 1976 I developed a counseling tool "Self esteem and identity formation through literature. In 2016 I opened my own Chicano Research Center to help my community research it’s past, genealogy, and current affairs.

    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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  • signed ESN / STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PETITION 2016-07-05 09:11:36 -0700



    We ask that you please sign your name, below, in support of ESN’s recommendations to the CA State Board of Education (SBE) for the new CA History-Social Science Framework’s (HSSFW) Ethnic Studies elective course. The SBE’s next meeting is scheduled to be the last time to make any changes to this framework for at least another 8 years!

    How can a general ES course description not have any mention of students learning about their ancestral roots, or about colonialism, or about self-determination for that matter? Community cultural wealth? Please see our recommended line edits to the SBE that will ensure that these main concepts are not left out.

    Today, please sign and spread the word! This will only take a moment and with your support, we can affect the HSSFW’s official description of Ethnic Studies, and help make it more genuine, critical, and transformational for thousands of students across California – it is what they deserve. Please Sign and spread the word! 

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    1. Our first recommendation is for Chapter 14, p.425, line 648, to explicitly include four core concepts and academic language of Ethnic Studies, after "...a more complex understanding of the human experience". ADDITION: "This understanding relates to student knowledge of the concepts of indigeneity, colonialism, cultural hegemony, and self-determination, as they have occurred throughout history and today”.

    2. Our second recommendation is that these concepts be explicitly culturally relevant and responsive to students in Chapter 14, p.426, line 675, after "co-investigators in the inquiry process". ADDITION: "This reflection of instructors and students' own personal histories should be considerate of how the concepts of indigeneity, colonialism, cultural hegemony, and community cultural wealth, relate to their own ancestral legacies as historically situated human beings".

    3. Our third recommendation, is to respect the Ethnic Studies tradition of explicitly acknowledging the Indigenous peoples of the land where any course is taking place. We recommend adding a sentence in Chapter 14, p.427, line 692, before the following sentence: “Students can investigate the history of the experience of various ethnic groups within the United States...”. ADDITION: “In studying various ethnic groups, the Indigenous peoples of any area under academic investigation and of any land where a course is taking place (e.g. Miwok in Sacramento, Chumash in Santa Barbara, Kumeyaay in San Diego), are respectfully acknowledged as the original peoples of the community”.

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  • signed PETITION SFSU College Of Ethnic Studies 2016-02-25 20:02:13 -0800
    In 1974 I was a graduate student in the school of counseling having transferred from CSU Sacramento. While working on my counseling credential I also taught in the school of education and worked at Centro Latino on 24th and Potrero running a program for repeat Junior High offenders. The Ethnic Study classes that I took at San Joaquin Delta College, CSU Sacramento, and continued to take at CSU S.F. prepared me to work with these young people in their communities. I did not graduate from S.F. State as I was hired to work as a counselor in my home town of Tracy. The late 60’s and 70’s saw a lot of racial conflict in communities and especially in public schools, with walkouts and many fights. I have continued to work with minority students and have developed a counseling tool called “Self esteem and Identity Formation through Literature.” Over the past 40 years I have accumulated over 10,000 Chicano/Mejicano/Latino books, magazines, and journals.

    This past year in November I rented a build on the Southside of Stockton, California and am taking my personal library to the people.

    This is the pride ethnic study courses instilled in me while I was an undergrad and grad student and I still believe in it to this day.

    You need to keep ethnic studies alive to work with the generational and ethnic differences in our communities.

    Richard Soto

    Go to Facebook and look up CRC Chicano Research Center

    PETITION SFSU College Of Ethnic Studies

    5,071 signatures

    to: President Leslie E. Wong and Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs Sue Rosser


    The proposed cuts to 40 percent of the COES budget will wipe out COES support for faculty hiring, research, and modest student resources that have survived a decade of systematic gutting.

    These cuts will also impact students enrollment in COES classes and student’s ability to graduate in a timely manner. With a full and expanded budget allocation, not only will this enrich the community of San Francisco State University, but we hope to set an example for public schools, colleges, and universities in all of the United States.


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