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Ethnic Studies


Conference: Honoring Our Communities, Building Our Futures

Event Start DateFriday, October 1, 2010 – Saturday, October 2, 2010
San Diego Mesa College

Sparked by the recent passage of Arizona’s House Bill (HB) 2281, which eliminates Ethnic Studies courses at secondary-level educational institutions, the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC) invites you to attend its first annual conference on Ethnic Studies. We seek to unite faculty, students staff, and community members throughout San Diego County in order to reflect upon the recent attacks on the Raza Studies Department in the Tucson Unified School District and its impact on our disciplines. Our conference examines the state of Ethnic Studies on our campuses and celebrates how our important work continues to transform social, political, and community landscapes.

Special guests include Auggie Romero, director of Student Equity, Tucson Unified School District; and Sean Arce, director of Mexican-American Studies, Tucson Unified School District.

The two-day conference features keynote presentations, a teach-in, press conference, workshops, and performances from faculty, students, and community members. Invited guests Auggie Romero and Sean Arce from the Tucson Unified School District will offer a special presentation on October 2 at 9 a.m. This weekend conference kicks off the national Ethnic Studies Week, which runs October 1-7.

For more information, please visit the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium or email

About the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC)
SDESC is a collaborative of faculty, staff, students, and community members committed to the study of race, ethnicity, and social justice. We represent autonomous academic disciplines and intellectual traditions, including American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black/African American/Africana Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Viewing ourselves as distinct and interconnected, we are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of our disciplines through scholarship, teaching, institutional and community engagement, advocacy, and collaboration.

Organized by Ethnic Studies faculty, staff, and students from San Diego Mesa College, City College, Palomar College, San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, University of San Diego, and UC San Diego.

ContactGail Perez | | 619 260 4115