"Lessons from Teacher and Community Organizing: Expanding Ethnic Studies Across Classrooms, Schools, and a District"

Are you interested in learning more about Ethnic Studies and a collective of educator activists? Learn from the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) Ethnic Studies Steering Committee, as they share how Ethnic Studies in Stockton, CA, has grown through teacher and community organizing. In this talk, seven members of the SUSD Ethnic Studies Steering will highlight examples of curriculum they use in their own Ethnic Studies classrooms to further empower students and share how they work with their community to expand the power of Ethnic Studies. 
The purpose of the Stockton Unified School District Ethnic Studies program is to empower students by exploring the rich, intersectional, and interconnected histories, cultures, and identities of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and historically marginalized communities. Through culturally relevant, decolonizing, and community responsive practices, students develop the skills to critically analyze racism and other forms of oppression to work in solidarity across and with communities to create a more socially just and equitable world. With love, respect, reflection, hope, solidarity, critical consciousness, community, interconnection, wellness, healing, and transformation; Ethnic Studies students become the necessary scholars, leaders, and agents of change our community and world needs and deserves. 


This event is a collaboration between UCR SOE's K-12 Ethnic Speaker Series and the Institute for Teachers of Color 




Rita Kohli is an Associate Professor and Equity Advisor in the School of Education at UC Riverside. She also serves as the coordinator of the Teacher Education Program K-12 Ethnic Studies Pathway, and is co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice. 

Marcos Pizarro is the Associate Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Chicanx Studies at San José State University, and Co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.

Featured Speakers:

Aldrich Limpin Sabac was born and raised in South Stockton, California. As an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University he double majored in Asian American Studies and Sociology, while teaching with Pin@y Educational Partnerships. He later attended the Teacher Education Program at University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his masters inquiry on critical pedagogy and the arts in education. He is currently a fellow with Community Responsive Education and teaches English, ELD, and Ethnic Studies at his alma mater Edison High School in Stockton, California. 

Jr Arimboanga, MAT, is currently the new Stockton Unified Ethnic Studies Teacher on Special Assignment in his hometown of Stockton. Jr has been working alongside high school youth for over a decade in San Francisco and Oakland where he fought for and taught the first high school Ethnic Studies courses in their districts. He holds a B.A. in Asian American Studies (Ethnic Studies) and a minor in History from San Francisco State University (the birthplace of Ethnic Studies). He also has a Master of Art in Teaching in Urban Education & Social Justice from the University of San Francisco. 

Dinah Clark is an educator, poet, and teacher. Dinah is a native of Stockton, and has been teaching English  for 7 years and teaching high school English for the past 5 years. In 2018 Dinah wrote a book of poetry entitled, “Words are Real.” This book includes 21 poems, explores concepts like God, relationships, self-reflection, and much more including writing prompts as well. Dinah enjoys performing spoken word, hikes with her son Alexander, and of course, teaching.

Originally from Stockton, Christina Mitchell is a high school Spanish and Social Science teacher in Stockton Unified School District. She earned a BA in Government and Spanish with a minor in Africana Studies from Claremont McKenna College. She also earned a MA in Secondary Education from San Francisco State University. She has over 10 years of experience working in high schools in various capacities, including her time teaching African American Studies.

Kailee Lewis is a Black Woman, Educator, Parent, and Dreamer who was born and raised in Battle Creek, a city in southwest Michigan. She attended Central Michigan University and studied; Creative Writing, Black Literature & History, and a little American Sign Language. After graduating from CMU in 2015 Kailee, her partner, Jason, and child, Liyah, moved to the Central Valley, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Urban Ed.: Admin. & Policy from Loyola Marymount University in 2019. Later that year, she joined Stockton Unified School District as a High School English teacher where she currently teaches.

Mr. Rojas was born and raised in Stockton and attended Commodore, Franklin, Delta College, and University of the Pacific. He is the son of hard working parents that immigrated from Mexico, who saw education as a passport to success, even when he didn’t see it. He was a former professional racquetball player before he became an educator, and saw many parts of the world which has shaped him to help the youth achieve their goals and aspirations. He loves his community and, outside of teaching, enjoys spending time with family and is dedicated to his podcast, “Aqui Estamos,” which highlights the voices of our community and how to make social and political change.

Gustavo Gonzalez is an educator and artist. The son of Mexican immigrants, he was born and raised in Stockton, CA. Gustavo studied at Stanford University, majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Education (Social Science) from Stanford. Gustavo stayed in the Bay Area and taught middle school and high school in San Jose for several years. In 2018, Gustavo returned home to Stockton to teach at his alma mater, Edison High School. He founded the Ethnic Studies Department at Edison and continues to help build Ethnic Studies across Stockton. Gustavo is proud of his heritage and is excited to teach a new course next year titled "Mexican American History." 

About SOE's K-12 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 K-12 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, SOE's K-12 Ethnic Studies Speaker Series engages the 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. Questions can be directed to Associate Professor and pathway program coordinator Rita Kohli.

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Register: https://ucr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1xy_yoz0T6CRV9jfR7fyUA

Thursday, November 4 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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