Santa Ana


We, the undersigned, support the effort to construct and implement an ethnic studies program that extends to all schools K-12, an ethnic studies high school graduation requirement, and the planning of an ethnic studies summer institute where teachers can engage in pedagogy and curriculum that is culturally relevant and responsive to the Santa Ana community.  

Santa Ana is rich in diversity, with cultural roots from places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Samoa, Central America, and one of the largest Mexican American populations outside of Mexico, yet the majority of our students’ histories and cultures have been pushed out of the curriculum.  We have a diversity of people that are Asian American, African American, American Indian, Chicanx/Latinx, and White, yet much of the curriculum has remained eurocentric. We want a curriculum that reflects the diversity and linguistic legacy of our students.  

Through ethnic studies, we want a curriculum that will teach tolerance, respect, and, most importantly, love and appreciation for the various cultures and histories of our diverse population.  To quote the Common Core English/Language Arts Framework, “With over sixty languages other than English spoken by California’s students. . .[the] state of California  recognizes its deep responsibility to ensure that each and every student receives a world class 21st century education. . .[and] to discuss all aspects of California’s diverse student population.”  We need to investigate the rich histories and lived experiences of the people that make up the city of Santa Ana, California, and the totality of this great nation.  We need classes that reduce student truancy and dropout rates, increase restorative practices and student enrollment, and better prepare California youth to be college and career-ready.  Most importantly, we want ethnic studies to empower students to transform themselves and their communities in positive ways.

Who's signing

Stefanie Lira
Medha Asthana
Zeferino Aleman
Joyce Rapier
James Lee
Linda Vo
Diego Mota
Gloria Zapata
Ryanson Ku
Naaila Mohammed
Oswaldo Farias
Kirsty Singer
100 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Shane Almonasi
    signed 2016-05-25 14:07:01 -0700
  • Stefanie Lira
    signed via 2016-05-25 12:40:49 -0700
  • Tavleen Kaur
    signed 2016-05-25 12:09:25 -0700
  • Medha Asthana
    signed via 2016-05-25 12:02:46 -0700
  • Kevin Tellez
    signed 2016-05-25 11:54:36 -0700
    With the diverse background of students in schools, our history books do not exemplify the struggles felt in society.
  • Zeferino Aleman
    signed 2016-05-25 11:29:12 -0700
  • Rachael DeLaCruz
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-25 11:08:46 -0700
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  • Rachael De La Cruz
    signed 2016-05-25 11:07:57 -0700
    Rachael F De La Cruz
  • Joyce Rapier
    signed 2016-05-25 10:17:40 -0700
  • James Lee
    signed 2016-05-25 10:17:26 -0700
  • Linda Vo
    signed 2016-05-25 10:08:33 -0700
  • Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
    signed 2016-05-25 10:02:23 -0700
  • Diego Mota
    signed 2016-05-24 23:17:41 -0700
  • Yvonne Flores
    signed 2016-05-24 20:08:09 -0700
    I encourage and request that the School Board make Ethnic Studies a requirement in Santa Ana to reflect the diversity and the rich legacy of the students in Santa Ana.

    We need to support and encourage our youth to learn the truth in their history.

    Yvonne Flores
  • Gloria Zapata
    signed 2016-05-24 17:52:45 -0700
  • Athena Stephenson
    signed via 2016-05-24 16:35:53 -0700
  • Nick Henning
    signed 2016-05-24 14:37:02 -0700
  • Margery Johnston
    signed 2016-05-24 11:05:24 -0700
  • Ryanson Ku
    signed 2016-05-24 01:15:05 -0700
  • Ignacio Rios
    signed 2016-05-24 00:30:09 -0700
  • Norma Ortiz
    signed 2016-05-23 20:18:58 -0700
  • Sara De La Fuente
    signed 2016-05-23 19:33:53 -0700
  • Angelica Quintana
    signed 2016-05-23 17:26:20 -0700
    Knowledge Is Power! ❤️🤘🏼
  • Naaila Mohammed
    signed via 2016-05-23 17:06:27 -0700
  • Oswaldo Farias
    signed 2016-05-23 16:55:42 -0700
  • Kirsty Singer
    signed 2016-05-23 14:54:18 -0700
  • Fatima Velazquez
    signed 2016-05-23 14:30:04 -0700
  • Alina Perez
    signed 2016-05-23 14:28:43 -0700
  • Savannah Smith
    signed 2016-05-23 14:27:53 -0700
  • Jose Magana
    signed 2016-05-23 14:27:41 -0700