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

Gracie Huerta
Jeremie Robins
Stephanie Luna
Selena Saad
Johari Hunt
Jasmine Lee
Daniel Enciso
Mariela Ortiz
Anna To
Francisco Olvera
Ashlee Priestley
Matias Eusterbrock
Ryan Thomas
Taylor Jackson
700 signatures

Will you sign?

  • jessica De Leon
    signed 2017-07-20 22:58:25 -0700
  • Gracie Huerta
    signed 2017-06-14 23:36:16 -0700
  • David Sañosa
    signed 2017-06-12 09:58:26 -0700
  • Jeremie Robins
    signed 2017-06-05 15:54:55 -0700
  • Stephanie Luna
    signed 2017-05-31 12:04:24 -0700
  • Maria Meza
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-31 02:44:48 -0700
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  • Maria Meza
    @theshuttlequeen tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-31 02:44:43 -0700
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  • Maria Meza
    signed 2017-05-31 02:43:21 -0700
  • Jennifer Selvidge
    signed 2017-05-30 13:29:24 -0700
  • Selena Saad
    signed 2017-05-30 12:10:44 -0700
  • Johari Hunt
    signed 2017-05-30 01:47:06 -0700
  • Jasmine Lee
    signed 2017-05-29 22:40:03 -0700
  • Daniel Enciso
    signed 2017-05-29 22:15:33 -0700
  • Mariela Ortiz
    signed 2017-05-29 21:26:02 -0700
  • Jonathan Abboud
    signed 2017-05-29 19:23:48 -0700
  • Anna To
    signed 2017-05-29 18:50:32 -0700
  • Kiyloni Richardson
    signed 2017-05-29 18:48:14 -0700
  • Francisco Olvera
    signed 2017-05-29 18:15:13 -0700
  • Gabriela Romo
    signed 2017-05-29 18:05:08 -0700
  • Ashlee Priestley
    signed via 2017-05-29 17:54:16 -0700
  • Matias Eusterbrock
    signed 2017-05-29 17:25:08 -0700
    Ethnic studies courses are important for all students. Reclaim history!
  • Daniel Torres
    signed 2017-05-29 16:42:54 -0700
  • Natalie Burrous
    signed 2017-05-29 16:29:58 -0700
  • Spencer Brandt
    signed 2017-05-29 16:10:02 -0700
  • Ryan Thomas
    signed 2017-05-29 15:39:19 -0700
  • Taylor Jackson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-29 15:10:02 -0700
    Help get ethnic studies a requirement in SBUSD, I hope this will create a ripple effect and show up in FSUSD too♡
  • Taylor Jackson
    @yaylorcolette tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-29 15:09:59 -0700
    Help get ethnic studies a requirement in SBUSD, I hope this will create a ripple effect and show up in FSUSD too♡
  • Taylor Jackson
    signed 2017-05-29 15:07:45 -0700
  • Michael Kile
    signed 2017-05-29 14:51:05 -0700
    A lot of respect for what these students have accomplished
  • Loren Mindell
    signed 2017-05-29 09:15:46 -0700
    Ethnic Studies pedagogy is clearly necessary given the level of xenophobia we are witnessing in today’s national discourse.

    Not only do ethnic studies courses teach us to be welcoming and less fearful of other peoples, it is extremely important that students of all backgrounds see their histories reflected in coursework.

    This has had a demonstrated, positive effect on academic performance in minority demographics.

    Ethnic Studies Now!