AUSD Announces Intro to Ethnic Studies Class

AUSD Announces Intro to Ethnic Studies Class

Beginning this fall, students at Alameda High School, Encinal High School, and ASTI will be able to take an Introduction to Ethnic Studies class designed to help them learn to think critically about issues of ethnicity, identity, service and social justice through a lens of history and sociology.

“Exploring cultural identity allows students to understand themselves more,” said incoming Encinal freshman Izellah Thach. “I think it is a good idea,” added incoming freshman Bonnie Banh. “This new class will open our minds up to many things that people struggle with in our world.”

In the course, students will explore their own ethnic identities, while learning about cultural hegemony, racism and the factors that cause migration. These include war and competition for natural resources.

“I am thrilled that this course will be available for our high school students, who are so keenly focused on matters of race, identity, and social justice at this time,” said Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi. “We can’t create a more aware, inclusive and just society unless we understand ourselves, our culture and our history. This is an excellent first step towards helping students develop that foundational awareness.”