Ethnic Studies 

Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of political, cultural, and historical forces that affect racial, ethnic, and religious identities, and has existed as a unique movement in schools to reclaim marginalized voices and histories to create spaces for healing and social action.

Learning experiences in Ethnic Studies can foster self love, empowerment, community, solidarity, and hope in a way that is responsive to all of our students. In addition to developing the skills of DJUSD's Graduate Profile, Ethnic Studies can also help students understand how our social construct is affected by race and the root causes of oppression, power, and privilege. 


Ethnic Studies Task Force 

In the spring of 2020, DJUSD assembled an Ethnic Studies Task Force composed of parents/family members, students, staff and community members.  The Task Force began their work investigating the following questions in preparation for possible Ethnic Studies programming:

Driving Question: How can Ethnic Studies best meet the needs of our students? 

  1. What challenges can Ethnic Studies solve? How do those challenges exist Davis?
  2. What does research say about the impact of Ethnic Studies?
  3. What can we learn from the case studies of Ethnic  Studies implementation in other school districts?  

Due to school closures and shelter in place as a result of COVID-19, the work of the Ethnic Studies Task Force was temporarily paused.  DJUSD staff anticipate the resumption of the Ethnic Studies Task Force in the Fall of 2020.  Staff are also monitoring current California legislation regarding Ethnic Studies requirements, as well as draft development of the Ethnic Studies model curriculum through the California Department of Education. 

Please stand by for further information regarding meeting dates and next steps.


If you are interested in participating on the Ethnic Studies Task Force,  please complete this form.  

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