Reclaiming Our Histories: bringing equity to youth education

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Q Center (4115 N Mississippi Ave)
5:30 – Doors Open
6:00 – Program
$6 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

“There are some things that textbooks don’t teach us, and there are some things that people don’t tell us. We deserve to learn and we deserve to know.” – Chau Truong, ALLY Leader and Senior at Franklin High School

Our schools are more diverse than ever. As of 2014, about 46% of high school students are students of color, and key schools districts have increasing populations of students of color. And yet, most of the curriculum is Eurocentric. When the experiences of historically marginalized communities aren’t ignored during history and civics lessons, they are often misrepresented. Students lack opportunities to learn meaningfully about their communities and contributions in the U.S and Oregon.

Ethnic studies provides a positive step towards closing the inequities in our system of public education. When consistently integrated into academic programs across schools, ethnic studies improves GPA’s, reduces absenteeism, and results in higher graduation rates for all students. Ethnic studies also raises the self-worth of all students and helps youth intimately understand the communities who learned how to thrive in the face of historic oppression.

It’s time for the histories and cultures of all Oregonians to be recognized within our systems of public education. Join Know Your City and APANO for a community forum that explores the perspectives of educators, communities of color, students, and advocates to learn about the importance of inclusive cultural studies and how we can advance education success for increasingly diverse students in Oregon.

Speakers include:

  • Amy Herzfeld, Movement Building Director for Basic Rights Oregon
  • Ashley Thirstup, Director of Youth & Education Services for NAYA
  • Julie Esparza Brown, Portland Public Schools Board Member, Zone 1

API Leaders for the Liberation of Youth (ALLY), a group of youth leaders organizing with APANO and partner organizations launched the “Missing Pages of Our History” campaign: a youth campaign to promote student success through establishing at least one comprehensive ethnic studies class in all PPS High Schools by 2020.

Know Your City launched the “Our Stories Matter” campaign: which calls on the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Portland Public Schools to work with Know Your City and other culturally specific organizations to provide inclusive Oregon Studies curriculum for youth and K-12 schools in the Portland region.

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