Why Ethnic Studies?

Ethnic Studies is crucial in a pubic university. As of now UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced are the only UC campus’s without Ethnic Studies. The time is right-indeed, long overdue- for the establishment of a department of critical race studies at UCSC. As a public institution of higher learning, the University of California is mandated to serve the people of California. Given the shifting demographics of the state, UC Santa Cruz must adjust its institutional priorities away from bloated administrative salaries and allocate permanent funding for ethnic and critical race studies as an urgent, comparative, local and global, interdisciplinary, and multilingual project- a critical theoretical and political project that articulates with queer, feminist and labor studies in challenging asymmetrical power relations and fostering emergent and minoritized forms of knowledge production.

This blog will serve to inform the history and ongoing struggle for Ethnic Studies on the UCSC campus.

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About UCSC Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

This blog is maintained by students throughout UCSC. We recognize that students have been working around Ethnic Studies for multiple decades and at many levels of the university. We claim no ownership over any movement or material that is produced. We ask that any materiel used from the blog is cited and used for only educational purposes. Most importantly that it is done with honor and respect for the many people who worked in the struggle for Ethnic Studies. We would also like to point out that the name Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) was created to acknowledge the intellectual development of Ethnic Studies since the beginning of this struggle. The name came from countless meetings and hours with many different undergrads, graduate students, and faculty.
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3 Responses to Why Ethnic Studies?

  1. Kapa Oliveira says:

    Ethnic Studies is a must at all universities! Please ensure that Ethic Studies is taught at the UCSC campus.

  2. Kevin Roddy says:

    This is the most critical time for ethnic sensitivity and race-relations studies. Every UC campus should have such disciplines, in order to strengthen and expand the human ideal of honor and mutual respect.

  3. Pingback: Sign the Petition for Ethnic & Critical Race Studies @ UC Santa Cruz | San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium

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