1st Annual Ethnic Studies Conference - Mesa College

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10/01/2010 - 3:01pm
10/02/2010 - 5:00pm

1st Annual Ethnic Studies Conference

“Honoring Our Communities, Building Our Futures”
Friday & Saturday, October 1-2, 2010
Building G-103
San Diego Mesa College

Special Guests
Auggie Romero, Director of Student Equity, Tucson Unified School District
Sean Arce, Director of Mexican-American Studies, Tucson Unified School District

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.

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 Saturday 10/2 at 9:00 am. This weekend event kicks off national Ethnic Studies Week which runs October 1-7, 2010. For more information, please email sdethnicstudies@gmail.com.

Registration: $10 for faculty; $5 for students/community. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register on-line, visit http://fs3.formsite.com/sdethnicstudies/form876842155/index.html.

Workshop Topics
The State of SD Ethnic Studies: Report from Our Campuses
Critical Race Theory
Chican@ Literature
African American Music
Indigenous Studies in K-12 Curricula
Coalition Building
Student Caucus
Graduate School in Ethnic Studies
Faculty Health and Survival

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 1, 2010
3:00-5:00pm Registration @ G-Building
5:00-6:30pm Welcome
6:30-8:00pm Opening Plenary @ G-101/102
Featuring: Elisa Barnett, Mesa College
Patti Dixon, Palomar
Sharon Elise, CSUSM
Jorge Mariscal, UCSD
Shirley Weber, SDSU
Wayne Yang, UCSD
8:00-9:30pm Performances by Te Sa Thiossane, Ishé, Kaleo,Teatro Izcalli, and Sherehe Roze

Saturday, October 2, 2010
7:30-9:00am Registration @ G Building
8:30-9:00am Kumeyaay Drumming & Prayer
9:00-10:00am Keynote Presentation by Auggie Romero & Sean Arce, Tucson Unified School District
10:00-10:30am Press Conference
10:30-12:00pm Teach-in @ G-101/102
Featuring: Starla Lewis, Mesa College
Justin Akers Chacon, City College
May Fu, USD
Joely Proudfit, CSUSM
12:00-1:15pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Concurrent Workshop & Break-out Session 1
o Workshop 1A: The State of San Diego Ethnic Studies: Report from Our Campuses (Various Faculty)
o Workshop 1B: Injecting Race into the Discourse: Critical Race Theory (Manuel Velez, Mesa)
o Workshop 1C: Chican@ Literature in San Diego Unified School District (Joe Lara & Macedonio Arteaga, Teatro Izcalli)
o Workshop 1D: African American Music as Social Commentary (Dolores Fisher, SDSU)
o Workshop 1E: SDESC Student Caucus (Elisa Barnett, Mesa)

3:15-4:45pm Concurrent Workshop & Break-out Session 2
o Workshop 2A: Knowledge is Power: Keys to Surviving Administrative Challenges & Developing Administrative Success (Shirley Weber, SDSU and Thekima Mayasa, Mesa)
o Workshop 2B: Race and the Uneven Pipeline to Graduate School: A Workshop with UCSD’s ES Graduate Students
o Workshop 2C: The Role of Culture in K-12 Education: Pacific American Academy and All Tribes American Indian Charter School (All Tribes American Indian & Pacific Islander Academy Charter Schools)
o Workshop 2D: Ethnic Studies as Educational Justice: Building an Organizational Coalition for Oct 7 + The Importance of Activism (UCSD Students)

5:00-5:30pm Closing

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.

For more information please contact:

Thekima Mayasa

Associate Professor, Black Studies Department

San Diego Mesa College


César López, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies Department

San Diego Mesa College


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, & UC San Diego