What is Ethnic Studies?

This question cannot be easily answered. We encourage you to become a member (see below) and learn alongside us. We can say Ethnic Studies is more than a curriculum. We view Ethnic Studies as community-led education reform where we re-imagine teaching and learning that is abolitionist, student-centered, and explicitly anti-racist.

Some things we know Ethnic Studies is not are diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, liberal multiculturalism, culturally responsive teaching (a la Zaretta Hammond), or easy to define.

Learning about and incorporating Ethnic Studies into your teaching practice is a life-long commitment, but you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help!

What does it mean to be a member of WAESN?

Members of WAESN define their own membership experience. Members are some of the first people that learn about professional development and networking opportunities we host. Members are invited to our monthly board meetings, and we always welcome new ideas and opportunities brought to us by our members. Membership can be as easy as keeping up to date on our initiatives and political activities. You decide what you want to make of your membership.

How do I become a WAESN member?

Get on our mailing list! Some opportunities are available only to WAESN members and invitations are sent by email. Following us on social media is a great way to keep up with news and resources, but getting on the mailing list gives you access to all the benefits of being a member.

To join our mailing list, subscribe to our blog on our main page.

You can also become a member by committing to monthly donations by clicking on the donate link at the bottom of our “Organize” page.

Does WAESN provide professional consulting services with non-education organizations?

Yes! Our mission is ethnic studies in every WA State public school, but we want ethnic studies and anti-racism everywhere! We have worked with church groups, youth groups, and parent groups. If we don’t have the expertise to meet your needs, we likely know someone who does.

What are your consultation fees?

The answer to this question varies depending on the type of service you’re looking for and the type and size of your organization. You can find some general guidelines on our services and pricing guide that you can download from our “Learn” page.

Do WAESN directors do keynotes and panel discussions?

Yes! Our board of directors, executive director, and advisory board are all available for keynotes and panel discussions. Learn more about each of them on our “Learn” page.