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Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee

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Mission Statement

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In WJUSD, Ethnic Studies is the critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity and indigeneity within and beyond the United States. Our Pre-K to 12th grade curriculum must encompass multiple points of view that reflect the diversity of all of our students including race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, gender, class etc., with a focus on the experiences and perspectives of people of color. Through our Pre-K to 12th grade course work, students will be supported to develop and utilize a critical lens to see the world and their role as an active citizen in a global society.


WJUSD Ethnic Studies Standards

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In WJUSD, Ethnic Studies courses that fulfill the graduation requirement will:
  • Be centered on the experiences of historically marginalized communities
  • Critically examine concepts such as race, class, gender, and sexuality in relation to power, political systems, social structures, and social justice movements
  • Require students to engage in critical and meaningful dialogue that leads to an understanding of self and society and the connections between the two
  • Empower students to advocate and become agents of social transformation by developing community responsive efforts that address the needs of the community and the world