History

We are a group of anti-racist, Ethnic Studies educator activists who came together to form a 501(c)4 non-profit in the State of Washington to support the implementation of Ethnic Studies Statewide.

December’s monthly organizing meeting included a visit from Senator Hasegawa to discuss an amendment to HB 6066 – Ethnic Studies in grades K-6.

Our Story

We formed our group in March of 2019 after Dr. Curtis Acosta and his group, Acosta Educational Partnership, helped us organize the inaugural Washington Ethnic Studies Now Assembly. This was not an educator conference, it was a chance for Ethnic Studies educators in our region to come together, learn from one another, and share stories to build our movement. We knew we were limited by our siloed work and were grateful to have Dr. Acosta and his colleagues share their expertise and experiences, too.

Dr. Acosta meets with Dr. Kyle Kinoshita, Alma Ramiro Alonzo, and Jennifer Dunn to plan the inaugural Washington Ethnic Studies Now Assembly.

We walked away from our first assembly with a new network of Ethnic Studies educators in Washington State, and we knew we had to do something with that. We started meeting once a month, discussing and planning how to affect change. From that came our non-profit, Washington Ethnic Studies Now. As a non-profit organization, we hope to provide a hub for Washington State educators to organize, learn, and resist!

Washington State Ethnic Studies Assembly

Are you suffering from FOMO because you missed the 2nd Annual Washington State Ethnic Studies Assembly? Below are videos of the opening and the NAACP Youth Council Keynote Panel, but stay tuned for the 3rd Annual Washington State Ethnic Studies Assembly in April of 2021!

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