Ethnic Studies: Developing Understanding in a Complex Landscape

The recent debate over the adoption of an ethnic studies graduation requirement at the high school level is focused on youth. Ironically, adults may need greater exposure to such learning, due to limited ethnic studies opportunities in our educational history. This course will focus on how ethnic studies came into existence, why not all groups are studied under the rubric of ethnic studies, some core understandings within this diverse academic field and how these understandings can provide a context for greater improved perspective of contemporary events. Issues such as anti-Asian sentiment, the disproportionate shooting or mistreatment of people of color during routine traffic stops and immigration. It will also help us to better prepare our children and grandchildren for what to expect.
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