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Ethnic Studies

These Underrepresented Students Are Tired Of School Curriculums That Make Them Invisible

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

High school senior Tina Vo can't recall a time in American history class that she got to learn anything about people who looked like her, aside from ...

California Governor Jerry Brown Fails Students by Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Joseph Morales | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
Joseph Morales

Governor Jerry Brown failed California's students last week, when he vetoed AB 101, a bill that would have positioned California to lead the nation by developing the first-ever statewide curriculum in ethnic studies.

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction--'My Enemy, My Brother'--in 1983?

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Gabriel Schivone

An eye-catching exhibit during Banned Book Week 2015 resurrects the history of a 1983 book-banning in Tucson, AZ.

Columbia University: Wolf-Eagle Drawings

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Opening night, full of students, faculty and friends. Drawings by Inupiat tribesmen, not seen in public since the 1930's. Exhibited artwork collected by Philosophy Professor Wendell Ter Bush and donated to the University in 1935.

Game-Changing Ethnic Studies Bill Heads To California Governor

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices

The California state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide, handing a major...

Dear College Student: Please Diversify Your Courses

Marisel Moreno | Posted 08.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

Courses about Latino/as, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and other minorities, have the potential to effect social change. They work as catalysts to break down the barriers that divide us as a society -- stereotypes, misconceptions, fear and ignorance.

John Leguizamo Says High School History Makes Latino Students Feel 'Invisible'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 08.18.2015 | Latino Voices

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Arizona Gets Schooled: Update on Ban of Mexican American Studies #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices

Discrimination is the only explanation for Arizona's banning of Mexican American Studies, threatening intellectual freedom for the entire nation. A federal appeals court suggested as much in their opinion on July 7, 2015.

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This holiday has been commercialized by the food and liquor industry, and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (similar to St. Patrick's Day) has become an excuse to imbibe spirits and help Corona and Dos Equis beer companies improve their market share. We need more contemporary and complex portrayals of cultures.

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Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day' | Roque Planas | Posted 05.07.2015 | Latino Voices

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for ed...

Ethnic Studies Background Increases Job Marketability

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Ingrid Vasquez

You pitch yourself every day. Whether it be to a friend or a client, a job or a new business venture, pitching is a daily process of life that involves knowing people, knowing about people, and knowing how to communicate with people.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

The Race to MAS: Mexican American Studies for 100 TX School Districts

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Students from Mission High School, Mission, Texas. Photo used with permission. _________________________________________ ". . . it seems to me to st...

Flourishing Aboriginal Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Recently I traveled up through the Northern Territory near Darwin to a prime site for rock paintings in and around Kakadu National Park. While my visits to expressive rock carvings and paintings were fascinating, I was most interested in seeing the art that is being produced in recent times.

Speak English!

Monica Trasandes | Posted 04.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Monica Trasandes

We should speak English in this country--of course. And well. And we should also speak Spanish. We should know about American history and Latino history and about the history of racism. Because we have a multicultural society.

Arizona Tried To Keep KRS-One Out Of Classrooms, So He Went There Himself

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Arizona education officials may say it’s illegal to teach his writing, but KRS-One isn’t backing away. The hip host artist offered a three-hou...

Roque Planas

Scholars To Fox News: Writing About White People Doesn't Make You Racist | Roque Planas | Posted 01.28.2015 | Latino Voices

A Fox News host raised alarm bells Friday over a university course that studies whiteness, saying that the titles of the books used in the class make ...

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California Bill Would Require High Schools To Offer Ethnic Studies | Roque Planas | Posted 02.05.2015 | Latino Voices

Conservatives hoping to shut down Mexican-American studies in Arizona are inadvertently helping spread ethnic studies curricula across the country. ...

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Teachers Of Banned Mexican-American Classes Push To Expand Ethnic Studies | Roque Planas | Posted 01.12.2015 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Teachers of a controversial Mexican-American studies program outlawed by the Arizona legislature are pressing to spread similar progr...

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Another Big Win For Ethnic Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.12.2014 | Latino Voices

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all of the city’s 19 public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses. ...

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

Do Republicans Hate Latinos?

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices

Will the GOP stand on the sidelines as Falcon9 and other Arizona Republicans waste millions more in taxpayer money and gut the educational system, all the while offending, alienating and oppressing the largest growing segment of voters in the nation?