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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Virtual Evening with Christine Sleeter, Ph.D. on Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools.

Date: Wednesday, October 7 from 5:.30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The session will include a presentation that will discuss Ethnic Studies and its relationship with multicultural education, how students of color experience it, impact of ethnic studies on all students and more. There will also be a brief question and answer session.

Virtual Meeting information:

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 862 8779 2605

Passcode: 7d$ddZ

Presenter Bio:
Christine E. Sleeter, PhD. is Professor Emerita in the College of Education at California State University Monterey Bay, where she was a founding faculty member. She is past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and past Vice President of the American Educational Research Association. Her research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education, ethnic studies, and teacher education. She has published over 150 articles and 24 books, including Un-Standardizing Curriculum (2nd ed. with J. Flores Carmona, Teachers College Press) and Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools (with M. Zavala, Teachers College Press). She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the National Academy of Education. Awards for her work include the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Education Award, and the Chapman University Paulo Freire Education Project Social Justice Award.