Santa Barbara USD Petition

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Ethnic Studies benefits all students by providing a complex, rich, and critical history of the United States. Given the multitude of issues facing our county, it is important to prepare our students to be global citizens with the knowledge of and the appreciation for the contributions of multiple cultures and histories.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, despite the fact that the majority of students are students of color. Research demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates. Further, we advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary.

It is time that all Santa Barbara Unified School District students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that inspire and motivate young people to connect in meaningful ways to the larger community. Several high school districts throughout the state are implementing Ethnic Studies programs, including the largest district in CA, Los Angeles Unified School District.

Who's signing

Anait Ovsepyan
Leandra Brycelea
Dalia Neri Garcia
Estefania Gutierrez
Kevin Spracher
Leslie Hernandez
Candy Soto
Juan Morales
Lorena Perez
Omar Barrera
Ocil Herrejon
frida franco
Juan franco
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  • Anait Ovsepyan
    signed via 2016-03-16 23:02:19 -0700
    Anait Ovsepyan
  • Cristina Gonzalez
    signed 2016-03-16 19:42:45 -0700
  • Leandra Brycelea
    signed via 2016-03-16 15:56:23 -0700
  • Dalia Neri Garcia
    signed via 2016-03-16 11:52:00 -0700
  • Estefanía Gutiérrez
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-16 03:20:17 -0700
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  • Estefania Gutierrez
    signed via 2016-03-16 03:18:23 -0700
  • Jennifer Hernandez
    signed via 2016-03-16 01:07:55 -0700
  • Raquel Garcia
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-16 00:25:47 -0700
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  • Raquel Garcia
    signed via 2016-03-16 00:25:09 -0700
  • Kevin Spracher
    signed 2016-03-14 13:38:20 -0700
  • Giovanni Gonzalez
    signed via 2016-03-14 08:33:25 -0700
  • Leslie Hernandez
    signed via 2016-03-12 10:56:27 -0800
  • Candy Soto
    signed via 2016-03-11 21:01:50 -0800
  • Elsa Velasco
    signed 2016-03-11 20:14:16 -0800
  • Johnny magana
    signed 2016-03-11 19:42:47 -0800
    It’s been long overdue. I’m an activist and alumni from UCSB who now resides in Santa Maria, Ca, if this movement needs any volunteers or speakers please follow up with me, since Chicano, Black Studies, Native-American Studies and other Ethnic studies type courses are central to my vision of what education should be.
  • Joe Muniz
    signed 2016-03-11 19:12:35 -0800
  • Cade Harris
    signed 2016-03-11 11:13:47 -0800
  • Jesus Aguilar
    signed 2016-03-10 22:18:14 -0800
  • Jc Narciso
    signed 2016-03-10 19:31:42 -0800
  • Hector Avila
    signed 2016-03-10 14:02:11 -0800
  • Juan Morales
    signed 2016-03-10 13:56:40 -0800
  • Alondra Lazaro Gonzalez
    signed 2016-03-10 13:53:58 -0800
  • Lorena Perez
    signed via 2016-03-10 08:42:04 -0800
  • Omar Barrera
    signed via 2016-03-10 00:31:57 -0800
  • Natasha Franco
    signed via 2016-03-09 23:40:42 -0800
  • Mithi del Rosario
    signed 2016-03-09 22:33:54 -0800
  • Ocil Herrejon
    signed 2016-03-09 14:54:26 -0800
  • frida franco
    signed via 2016-03-09 11:40:19 -0800
  • Juan franco
    signed via 2016-03-08 22:02:43 -0800
  • jasmine franco
    signed via 2016-03-08 21:47:24 -0800

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