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 

Beginning in the spring of 2020, DJUSD will be assembling an Ethnic Studies Task Force composed of parents/family members, students, staff and community members.  The Task Force will investigate the followng questions in preparation for possible Ethnic Studies programming:

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

  1. What problems can Ethnic Studies solve? How does that problem 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?  

Davis Joint Unified is 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.  A presentation of findings from the Task Force will be brought to the DJUSD Board of Education in June of 2020. 

If you are interested in participating in the Ethnic Studies Task Force, including four meetings throughout the spring of 2020, please complete this form.  

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