Ethnic Studies I.E.

Location: CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union - Fourplex

12:00-12:30pm doors open/check in

12:30-2:00pm lunch networking 2:00-3:00pm opening keynote - The Oral Expressions Collective

The Oral Expression

The Oral Expressions Collective is a  group comprised of two graduating classes of Western High School's Oral Expressions class and their teacher, Joey Liu. This ethnic studies performing arts course allowed each student to explore the oral traditions of their culture alongside their own present day stories, and elevate the voices of students, through the form of spoken word poetry, to rise above dominant discourse and provide a vibrant counter-narrative for their communities. Educator-learner, Joey Liu, is currently an English Learner coordinator in the Corona Norco district and a Ph.D. in Education student emphasizing in Culture and Curriculum Studies at Chapman University. She joins her voice to those of Nana Tuuao, Aadiyyah Thomas, Maya Griego, Rebecca Castro, Eric Crisol, and Sammy Zein, her fellow educator-learners, community-builders, movement-makers, and some of the best poets and human beings ever. Together, they are passionate about sharing their learnings through speech and poetry to encourage "others" in their collective radical healing and transformation towards a more just and equitable future. 

3:00-4:00pm workshop series 1(K-12 teachers/elected officials/Higher Ed)

4:00-5:00pm workshop series 2 (student panel/local issues/parent panel)

5:00-5:30pm closing keynote  - Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos
Armando Vasquez Ramos
Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos has been promoting educational opportunities for the Chicano/Mexican and Latino population for more than 47 years. He has taught on Chicano/Latino education, history, immigration, politics, public policy, and U.S.-Mexico relations at the CSU Long Beach Chicano and Latino Studies Department, where he is also Coordinator of the California-Mexico Project.
As a student leader at CSULB in 1969, Professor Vazquez-Ramos was a co-founder of the Chicano and Latino Studies department, where he earned a B.A. in Mexican-American Studies and a Master’s in Psychology. He has also earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Pepperdine University, and is working on his doctoral dissertation on “A Development Plan for Mexican Universities in the U.S.”.
In 2010, he established the California-Mexico Studies Center, Inc. to research, develop, promote, and establish policies and programs between higher educational institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the teaching, mobility and exchange of faculty, students, and professionals between California and the U.S., with Mexico and other nations in the Western Hemisphere.   
Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos worked at the CSU Office of International Programs (1993-1996) to promote California-Mexico exchange and North American Studies programs, and since 1998 he has led travel/study groups to Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela for students, faculty and community leaders; as well as the Public Policy Alternative Spring-break in Sacramento, focused on California-Mexico policy and higher education issues.
In 1999 he established the California-Mexico Project and through the Latino Political Roast raised scholarship funds for students to study abroad in Mexico and promote educational exchange. Thus, in 2008 Assemblymen Jose Solorio and Kevin De Leon co-sponsored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 146, to recognize the CSULB California-Mexico Project and directed the California Research Bureau to conduct the study “The California Research Bureau Report on California-Mexico Study Abroad Programs”.
He has promoted the establishment of Mexican universities in the U.S. and served as consultant to create extensions of Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Universidad de Guadalajara and Universidad de Colima in the L.A.-area, and has established collaboration agreements between CSULB and the UNAM, Universidad de Guadalajara and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas.
Through these agreements, he has hosted several Mexican professors as Visiting Scholars at CSULB, has organized four California-Mexico Policy and Higher Education seminars at CSULB and 2 in Mexico City (2006 and 2012), and hosted the Seminario Permanente de Estudios de la Gran Chichimeca at CSULB in 2010 with more than 30 Mexican scholars.
Last year he led the celebration of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department’s 45th Anniversary and convened the 1st Campaign to Promote Ethnic Studies (CPES) Summit at CSULB. Through the CPES, he organized a diverse working group of 40 academics, students and community leaders, to work with the Long Beach Unified School District superintendent, who has committed funding to offer up to 12 CSULB ethnic studies classes every semester at all 6 LBUSD high schools, beginning in fall 2015 for the next 5 years.
As an innovator and immigrant rights advocate for decades, professor Vazquez-Ramos also established this semester a precedent-setting model course which allowed 14 CSULB Dreamers the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico during Spring Break, and return legally to the U.S.; but most importantly this pilot project has pioneered a method that will enable Dreamers to adjust their legal status to permanent residents, facilitate for other colleges and universities to replicate this opportunity for their students, and enable thousands of Dreamers to return to their birthplace to meet their families, discover their homeland and study as adults.
Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos is Board President of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, and Co-Chair of “Amigos de Siqueiros”, the non-profit that will operate the City of L.A.’s $8 million “America Tropical” Interpretive Center of Maestro David Alfaro Siqueiros 1932 mural at the city’s birthplace on Olvera Street.

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Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy and Action


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