Who We Are

We are a group of local students, educators, and activists fighting to bring Ethnic Studies to the State of Washington.

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

Part of our fight is protecting the integrity of the vision of Ethnic Studies as an anti-racist initiative that won’t be white-washed by bureaucratic systematization. While we are ecstatic to see movement on the State level, Ethnic Studies is consistently under threat of being appropriated by educators who lack critical pedagogy knowledge and skills. Our coalition exists to resist appropriation of this life-saving work.

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.

The first year was by invite only and we had a great turn out. From that event, this coalition was born. We have met once a month since then and worked on legislative action, sharing learning with each other and through the blog, and planning for the next Washington Ethnic Studies Now Assembly this coming March. Below is a flyer with the details. The goals of this assembly are:

Center the voices of youth, particularly IBPOC youth

Center the voices and experiences of critical educators of Color

Learn strategies to implement K-12 Ethnic Studies beyond curricula, including organizing students, parents, and community to support the work

Networking and labor organizing strategies

And most importantly, learn from and with each other to validate our stories

This event is being offered at no cost. There are no clock hours or course credits being offered. It is 100% volunteer organized and led. This is the heart and community work that makes Ethnic Studies a reality in our schools. This is who we are.

UPDATE: THE ETHNIC STUDIES ASSEMBLY HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO COVID19 CONCERNS.

Stay tuned.