Twin Cities Ethnic Studies Week Goals & Objectives
Ethnic Studies Week in the Twin Cities grew out of a national call to defend Ethnic Studies across the nation. The goal is to defend multicultural education and reject the recent legislative and philosophical assault against ethnic studies and ethnic communities by increasing social awareness through purposeful educational events, demonstrations and workshops.
Earlier this year Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, signed HB 2281, which banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in Arizona public schools. This legislation authored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction specifically targets Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. During this same time frame the Texas State Board of Education drastically revised its social studies textbook standards to dilute civil rights history and exclude many aspects of the historical and social contributions of people of color. These monumental legislative events, and the ideological thinking that fuels them, illustrates that Ethnic Studies programs and multicultural education are under national assault.
This is a recurring generational struggle which began during the Civil Rights Era when students from across the country stood up to university administrators and faculty to demand racial, ethnic and gender specific programming as central to a quality education. We are asking people in schools and in communities across the Twin Cities to do what might amount to civil disobedience in the Arizona public schools: participate in Ethnic Studies events and engage in the types of cultural learning censored by others. The goal of this initiative is simple: to show that instead of banning Ethnic Studies, we should defend and expand access to multi-cultural education. We invite you to join us!
Twin Cities Ethnic Studies Week Committee