GSOE is delighted to announce the first event in the “Ethnic Studies Speaker Series,” a new series that engages the Graduate School of Education and the broader community with the voices and work of critical scholars, practitioners, and community activists that enhance understanding of Ethnic Studies. 

Kicking-off the series is Assistant Professor of Literacy, Reading, and Bi/Multilingual Education at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Cati V. de los Ríos. Dr. de los Ríos will be presenting “Language, Literacy, and Ethnic Studies: Mobilizing Insurgent Histories for More Dignified Futures." 

 

Cati V. de los Ríos will discuss the growing national momentum for ethnic studies in K-12 public schools. Specifically, she will briefly delineate the genealogy of ethnic studies as an academic discipline, its history in K-12 contexts, spotlight the voices of students, and showcase the classrooms and curricular moves of effective ethnic studies teachers. Some of the questions explored in her presentation will be: 1) What is ethnic studies? 2) How is ethnic studies distinct from other justice-centered theories and movements in education? And 3) How can ethnic studies support academic literacy development and foster youth democratic engagement? de los Ríos will end with implications for educators, administrators, and researchers interested in and committed to understanding and enacting ethnic studies.


About the Speaker:
Cati V. de los Ríos is an assistant professor of Literacy, Reading, and Bi/Multilingual Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a former Spanish, ELD, and ethnic studies teacher in California and Massachusetts public schools. Her research spans a number of phenomena including adolescent translingual literacies, teachers’ translanguaging pedagogies, youth civic engagement, and the teaching of ethnic studies in secondary settings. Her research has received dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships from The Ford Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She is also the recipient of NCTE’s Promising Researcher Award, Alan C. Purves Award, and Janet Emig Award.  Her latest research appears in Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research Quarterly, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and Harvard Educational Review. 

About GSOE’s “Ethnic Studies Speaker Series”:
Ethnic Studies is the critical, interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with a focus on the history, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, Asian American, Pacific Islander and other communities of Color within and beyond the United States. The Ethnic Studies Pathway at UC Riverside's Teacher Education Program (TEP) exposes students enrolled in the English and Social Studies credential/Master's to the principles of Ethnic Studies, exploring applications to K-12 school pedagogy and curriculum. One goal, among many, is to create a pipeline of educators who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to serve as Ethnic Studies teachers across the region, state, and country. To enhance the scholarly and activist nature of the work, UCR's TEP “Ethnic Studies Speaker Series” engages the Graduate School of Education and the broader community with the voices and work of critical scholars, practitioners, and community activists that enhance understanding of Ethnic Studies.

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