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The High School Ethnic Studies Initiative hosts various events for students and instructors that focus on approaches to teaching Ethnic Studies high school courses.

2024 Teaching in Summer Workshop


Every year, the American Cultures coordinates a 'Teaching in Summer' workshop for all Summer Sessions instructors. Our Center partners with key campus partners to equip instructors with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities of summer teaching, important policy updates, and effective summer course planning strategies. This year, in collaboration with Berkeley Summer Sessions, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, the workshop also offered...

How can districts and schools successfully implement Ethnic Studies courses?

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On April 2nd, 2024, the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative held an online discussion for Ethnic Studies educators on successfully implementing Ethnic Studies courses at the high school and district level. This event featured a discussion between Ethnic Studies educator Artnelson Concordia and UC Berkeley Academic Coordinator Ricky Aguirre, and a Q&A segment for high school Ethnic Studies instructors.

Artnelson is a veteran teacher who helped develop the San Francisco Unified School District’s Ethnic...

Antiracism Pedagogy & Equity-Based Learning Winter Institute

Event Description

Since 2018, the CDF program has supported instructors in developing creative design assignments, assignments that are intentionally built to support faculty and students in ways that are adaptive, equity-oriented, and foster antiracism. In the CDF Winter Institute participants developed actionable strategies that build antiracist and equity-based education.

In conversation with CDF faculty, staff, and students, the Winter Institute discussed how within the current condition of remote instruction and the devastating effects of the...

2023 Teaching in Summer Workshop


On May 19th, The American Cultures Center and Summer Sessions facilitated a 'Teaching in Summer' workshop for all summer sessions instructors. This session focused on effective summer course planning strategies, understanding unique summer session challenges and opportunities, policy updates, and insights on teaching racial and economic justice in diverse classrooms. This year’s presenters welcome you to contact them for additional discussion or queries about the workshop topics:

Alex Cole, Assistant Director of Summer...

More Than Words: In Conversation with the Language of Racial and Social Justice-Making


Commitments to the work that connects diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging/justice, anti-racism, anti-Blackness, anti-white supremacy and abolition work, are deep and rich. Each of these terms also have motivations and genealogies. During this event there was a discussion focused on unpacking the relationships between these frameworks and how they help us better understand and situate the work and the questions that they generate. When we think about the relationships that we hope to foster with and between students, how do we use these frameworks to inform our practice?...

Aspirations of Antiracist Pedagogy: Community-Based Learning

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On April 10, 2024, the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program held a Spring institute, titled “Aspirations of Antiracist Pedagogy: Community-Based Learning.” This page specifically discusses the lunch portion of the event where guest speaker Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers, from the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley, shared her expertise on community-based learning. Dr. Summers shared valuable insights on the opportunities this style of learning presents and the challenges it poses. She also discussed how to implement antiracist pedagogy...

Understanding UC Berkeley Students and their Experiences

Event Description

This event was an open dialogue, supported by campus climate data from several recent surveys. Together, the speaker and attendees considered whether the survey results support their own experiences; how the data might shift expectations of relationships with students; and what resulting efforts individually and collectively could be designed to provide an equitable and fully inclusive classroom.

Event Outline California Demographics Berkeley Undergraduate Demographics Race/Ethnicity Gender Sexuality Socioeconomic Status (SES)...

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Dealing with Toxic Stresses on Campus and in our Classrooms

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This has been a difficult year for many Berkeley students and faculty. At the national level, we have seen an increase in hateful rhetoric and exclusionary policies directed at many identities and communities. And here on campus, we have been deeply challenged by tensions around recent speaker events, as well as by increased policing, painful intergroup dynamics, and repeated instances of bias and harassment. All of this has led to an increase in individual and collective stress, trauma, and anxiety, which research shows can negatively impact learning, memory,...