Feb 21 Ethnic Studies Now Student Conference

ESN Youth NOW Youth Summit Program
Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00 Welcome: MC

9:10 Opening Ceremony: Danza Cuauhtémoc

9:30 ESN Campaign (LAUSD) PPT/Slideshow

9:40 Keynote Speaker: Jose Lara, Vice President, El Rancho Unified School Board, Member, Union del Barrio

9:55 Keynote Speaker: Michelle Thomas, Pedro Tavera, Co-Chairs, MEChA de Maya Angelou High School

10:10 Malcolm X Tribute: 50th Anniversary of Assassination

10:20 Workshops:

A) Demanding ESN in LAUSD: Presenters: Youth from The Strategy Center, Maya Angelou HS, Roosevelt HS

B) How can Parents and Teachers get involved? Presenters: Base Paulo Freire, Union del Barrio

C) Organize for ESN in your community! (Non-LAUSD): Presenter: Sean Abajian, Coordinator, Ethnic Studies NOW Coalition

11:30 LUNCH

12:10 Report-back from workshops

12:40 Summit Resolutions

1:30 End of Summit




In November, we made history in Los Angeles. After months of organizing, we were able to get the LAUSD Board of Education to make Ethnic Studies a requirement for high school graduation. It was a wonderful victory for our community but the real work is still to come and this is why we need YOUR help!

LAUSD voted to implement Ethnic Studies courses at 25 high schools next year as part of a pilot program and at ALL LAUSD high schools by 2019. This summit is meant to bring students together from as many different LAUSD high schools as possible to create a plan to demand Ethnic Studies courses at each campus. We cannot just sit back and wait on LAUSD to deliver these courses; we must demand them so that our campuses get the courses as soon as possible.

We call on all LAUSD high school teachers to bring students from your campus to this summit so that your students can connect with other students to advance this movement. Our objective is to create a strong demand from the students across the district. This will pressure the district to provide the resources necessary to implement these courses as soon as possible.

Let's keep up the organizing! Let's grow the momentum to insure that Ethnic Studies in Los Angeles is a major success so that it serves the interests of our communities and so that it becomes a model for the rest of the nation to follow! Please help us to spread the word about this summit!

Info on speakers, workshops...etc will be released

This event is being organized by Union del Barrio and MEChA de Santee but we aim for it to be a collaboration between as many organizations as possible.

February 21, 2015 at 9:00am - 1:30pm
Santee Educational Complex
1921 Maple Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011
United States
Google map and directions

Who's RSVPing

Will you come?

Showing 242 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Patricia Ornelas
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:07 -0800
  • Angie Escalante
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:07 -0800
  • Dee Montufar Haro
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:07 -0800
  • Erica Huerta
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Michelle Gil
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Joel Chavez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Maria Antonia Rodriguez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Juan Gamboa Jr.
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Pedro Tavera
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Kelly Flores
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:06 -0800
  • Chicano Hipster Alvarez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:05 -0800
  • Cabeza De Vaca Cultura
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:05 -0800
  • Bao-Hanh Tran
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:05 -0800
  • Joaquin S Vargas
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:05 -0800
  • Zamaria Xomez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:05 -0800
  • Denis Levin
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:04 -0800
  • Johanna Torres Diaz
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:04 -0800
  • Natali Cabrera
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:04 -0800
  • Phia Rivera
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:04 -0800
  • Maggie Vascassenno
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:04 -0800
  • Joseph Moreno
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:03 -0800
  • Jonathan Solorzano
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:03 -0800
  • Luis Garcia
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:03 -0800
  • Maya Papaya
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:02 -0800
  • Delilah Salman
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:02 -0800
  • LA Brown Beret
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:02 -0800
  • Juan Carlos Hernandez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:01 -0800
  • Lucila Chavez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:01 -0800
  • Ron Gochez
    rsvped 2015-01-06 05:42:01 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-02 16:26:57 -0800
    Arizona is now going after "African-American" Studies as well! This is why we need to continue to organize and to take these positions of power! In LA, we have already taken a school board seat in El Rancho Unified School District and now we have to take seats in LAUSD, SD, Riverside, Fresno, San Jose, Oakland...etc. This won't happen with just marches/protests, we need movement organizations to make this happen! “After a thorough review of materials from TUSD’s culturally relevant courses, I find that the district has failed to meet several provisions of the 2012 Settlement Agreement settlement and is once again in clear violation of A.R.S. §15-112. Furthermore, I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective."