Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with an emphasis on the experiences of people of color in the United States. The upper division high school introductory elective course supports students to begin to explore their own identity, heritage, culture, and the various power structures, forms of oppression, and inequities that continue to have a social, emotional, cultural, economic, and political impact on their lives. Utilizing intersectional (race, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, etc.), historical, and modern-day lenses, the course explores the struggles and triumphs of communities of color to help cultivate student’s knowledge of self, their world, and their agency to create positive change in their lives.
Ethnic Studies Community Collaborative (ESCC)
The purpose of the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) Ethnic Studies Community Collaborative (ESCC) is to provide an official space for the SUSD community (students, teachers, staff, families, and community members) to collaborate on the SUSD Ethnic Studies curriculum and programmatic activities to increase student’s knowledge of their racial, ethnic, and ancestral history and heritage while exploring current issues in their community and inspiring actions to to help remedy them. Inspired by the student and community-led protest that birthed the College of Ethnic Studies in 1969 at San Francisco State University, the ESCC allows the community to be in direct partnership with SUSD so that the Ethnic Studies program may be reflective of the needs and wants of the community it serves.
If you are interested in submitting curriculum ideas for the high school Ethnic Studies curriculum adoption but cannot or are not interested in joining the formal collaborative, you can submit ideas by clicking here.