March 2021

The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME) invites everyone to participate in the 10th Annual Statewide Conference, "Abolishing the Colonial Project: Sharing, Examining, and Reflecting on our Practices" (flyer). The conference will be held online Saturday, May 1, 2021 9am-1pm. HSU is honored to share sponsorship with Merritt Community College who have been at the heart of the resistance against the colonial project by the Black Panther Party’s leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seal. Keynote speakers include Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Dulcinea Lara.
The conference theme expands on Althusser’s notion of the ideological and repressive state apparatus and Ruiz, Lara, and Greene’s (2018) argument that schools mirror a repressive state apparatus in order to sustain a colonial project. We seek contributions that value the spirit of resistance and organizing in order to dismantle the colonial project, and that honor the community cultural wealth of all peoples and practitioners dedicated to critical multicultural, ethnic studies education. Also, what can we do to change the curriculum to make it more liberatory?
Go to the ZOOM REGISTRATION LINK where you can choose one of the workshops and one of the dialogue circles. Full schedule is below:

9:00am - Welcome and Land Acknowledgement by Dr. Lilia Chavez and Dr. Marisol Ruiz

9:05am - Welcome by President Dr. David M. Johnson, Merritt College

9:10am - Spoken Word by Aminah Adcock

9:20am - Keynote by Dr. Bettina Love

10:20am - Workshops (breakout rooms)

#What's Normal Anyway? Exploring Stories by Restorying: The Power of Narrative: This paper examines the narrative of a first-generation Latina with a younger brother with a developmental disability. Being bicultural and of diverging “ableness,” their challenges in education stem from the same thing - an intersection of their cultural upbringing, identity, ability, and, dare I say… their unique brilliance? #whatisnormalanyway? Facilitated by Denia Bradshaw

Teaching Social Issues through Ethnic Studies: This presentation will provide a framework for understanding what Ethnic Studies means in terms of pedagogical processes, and what it can afford educators intent on addressing the logic of deculturalization. We provide concrete curricular examples of YPAR in the context of Ethnic Studies to think through how these courses approach anti-colonialism in the classroom and beyond. Facilitated by Miguel Zavala & Jose Paolo Magcalas

Teaching "One Crazy Summer by Rita Willams" to fourth and fifth graders: This presentation will provide frameworks and strategies to teaching about the Black Panthers through the literature book "One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams Garcia.  Facilitated by Dr. Marisol Ruiz (HSU)

The Fight for Quality and Accessible Mental Health Services in 9-12: In this presentation we will give personal testimonials on the poor and punitive non existent mental health services we received in the different high schools throughout CA. We will share what we would like to see as an alternative. Facilitated by HSU PromotorX: Chelsea Rios Gomez, Jonni Segura, Milagros Ortega, Anayeli Auza, Angelica Alvarez, Martha Flores

Ethnic Studies Collectives: Sources of Truth-Telling, Regeneration, and Solidarity: Learn about the design, delivery, and outcomes of K-12 Ethnic Studies Collectives. With a focus on community building, Ethnic Studies frameworks, pedagogy, and resource sharing, these collectives welcome all educators and inspire hopeful outcomes for district-wide or site-based implementation. Facilitated by Ricardo Medina, Ph.D., Ratha Kelly, Brian Batugo

Ethnic Studies: An Anti-Colonial and Abolitionist Project: Using a critical race lens, the educator activists who against the neoliberal discourse that has systematically deconstructed the original draft of California’s framework and are now engaged in the construction of the “Liberated Ethnic Studies Curriculum” will describe how Ethnic Studies challenges colonial ideology, conversely constructing a BIPOC model of abolitionist teaching. Facilitated by Theresa Montaño, Members of The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition

Seeds of Resistance: Ethnic Studies Pedagogy in Elementary Classroom: This session applies an ethnic studies pedagogy across subject matter in the elementary classroom. An ethnic studies framework and examples of ways to develop and practice anti-racist, intersectional justice and community-grounded praxis in K-6 classrooms will be shared. Facilitated by Cathery Yeh, Gloria Gallardo, Nicky Meindl

Making Sense of Ethnic Studies Pedagogy in Emergency Virtual Environments: This research investigated how high school ethnic studies teachers made sense of their pedagogy in the context of the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings explore how critical pedagogy was adapted for the virtual realm, and how we might rethink educational priorities to support teaching and learning. Facilitated by Kay Flewelli

DACA: actualización y círculo de diálogo: Este taller proporcionará información sobre DACA y consistirá en un círculo de diálogo donde la audiencia puede compartir sus historias. This workshop will provide information about DACA as well as consist of a dialogue circle where the audience can share their stories. Facilitated by HSU PromotorX: Anayeli Auza, Jonni Segura, Keila Moran

Empowering Multicultural Students' Learning Through Cognitive Neuroscience and Gestalt Personal Development Principles: Dr. Rivas will share his practical teaching knowledge gained from 45+ years of research, teaching, and community work in empowering diverse students. emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally to be successful in achieving cherished pesonal, academic, and career goals. Facilitated by Dr. Mario Rivas (Merritt College)

Healing the Healer and Our Students from Educational Academic Susto: Too often our educational spaces are sites of trauma particularly for students of color. Our formative interactions with teachers and other educational entities can also induce pain both consciously and unconsciously in the everyday process of schooling and further perpetuate systemic racism. Ironically, these same learning contexts can also serve as spaces for hearing. In this session, participants will consider the PUENTE Program as a healing model as we continue to work within students who have been deeply impacted by both personal and global unrest. Using storytelling, cuentos, poetry, and indegenous knowledge as praxis, participants will explore ways to embark on a journey of healing from educational academic susto both for themselves and for their students. Facilitated by Maria Figueroa, Isela Gonzalez Santana

11:10am - Keynote by Dr. Dulcinea Lara

12:00pm - Dialogue Circles (breakout rooms)

Creating diverse and inclusive curriculum: Thinking of the institution of schooling as a Repressive State Apparatus reveals the homogeneous nature of the curriculum, alienating and manipulating alternative experiences to further advance colonial perspective. This session will take the shape of a dialogue circle, in which we will engage in discourse regarding the whitewashing of the American curriculum. Facilitated by PromotorX: Elijah Moore, Veronica Perez, Syd Lyons, Josie Licavoli, and Jaycob Warren

Alternative learning in K-12 to Higher Education: Understanding the Struggles, Triumphs, and Setbacks of conventional learning: This Dialogue circle will focus on alternative educational model such as project based learning and how it was implemented in higher education. Are there other models that working better for college students? Facilitated by PromotorX: Georgina Rose Ruiz, Aiszellyn Alvarez, Elizabeth Owens, Gregorio Yarasca, Mia Page

Ethnic Studies grades K-2: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators K-2 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Ruchi Rangnath

Ethnic Studies grades 3-6: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators 3-6 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Tricia Gallagher, Susan Warren

Ethnic Studies grades 7-12: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators 7-12 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Bryan Bowens, Marisol Ruiz

12:50pm - Closing by Dr. Lilia Chavez and Dr. Marisol Ruiz

Monday, March 29, 2021 to Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Youth Educational Services (YES) and the Center for Community Based Learning present the Leadership in Uncertain Times Speaker Series:
April 5th, 5-6:30pm: Kevin Malone will speak about True North Organizing Network, an organization that supports families, elders, and youth of diverse faith traditions, races, cultures, and economic capacities—using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model—to courageously challenge social, economic and environmental injustice in our region.
April 19th, 5-6:30pm: Karen Young (HSU class of 1990 and YES Alumna) will return to share more about her community building pathway from HSU to Boston. Loren Collins, Career Advisor for ACAC, will provide a short resume building clinic for student volunteers and leaders.
Learn more and register to attend at
Friday, March 19, 2021 to Monday, April 19, 2021

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Attend these free workshops offered by the Learning Center to help you prepare for the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Register at the following links:
GWPE (If you can't attend either workshop, you can come to the Writing Studio for help preparing for the exam. Make an appointment online at Zoom or email consultations available. The workshop is free for HSU students.)

March 23, 3-5pm

April 9, 1-3pm

GRE (This is a 3-part series, students will need to register separately for each session they would like to attend.)

Intro to GRE: Overview / Analytical Writing, April 13, 5-7pm

Verbal Reasoning, April 14, 5-7pm

Quantitative Reasoning, April 15, 5-7pm

Contact the wonderful people at the Learning Center for help on these workshops and more!
Thursday, March 11, 2021 to Thursday, April 15, 2021

flyer for spring Food Sovereignty Film Series
HSU's Native American Studies Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultura Workspace presents 3 free films as part of their free Food Sovereignty Film Series:

March 5: Good Meat - Once a star athlete in his community, Beau LeBeau (Oglala Lakota) now weighs 333 pounds - an unhealthy weight which has triggered the onset of Type II Diabetes. His mother's untimely death from complications due to diabetes motivates him to drop the excessive pounds. Enlisting the help of a physician and nutritionist, Beau starts exercising and takes up a traditional Lakota diet of buffalo meat and other Native foods. (56 minutes)
April 2: Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit - Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico whose efforts to reclaim ancient foodways, are echoed across the continent by Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee, and Seneca women. At its heart, this film is about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did - nutritiously and locally. Return offers an approach to confronting the diabetes epidemic now rampant in Native American communities. (28 minutes)
May 7: Gather - In traditional times, food in Indigenous North American communities was only as far away as the forest, plains, desert, sea, or garden in the village. Modern ways of life and challenges have taken us away or - in some cases - barred us from our food sources. But we, as Indigenous people, continue to return to our places of origin, including our food. Gather is that path, the story of the rebuilding of those food systems. Gather is an intimate portrait tracing the intentional destruction of Native American foodways and our renaissance and resilience, our inherent right, to reclaim it. (1 hour, 24 minutes)

Zoom opens at 5:30pm, films begin at 6pm. Register at
For more information, contact
Learn more about the Lab at  See recordings of past speakers at
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 to Friday, May 7, 2021

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