High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI)

Topic for resources, events, and opportunities relating to UC Berkeley's High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI).

Ethnic Studies Educator Resource Hub

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Welcome to the UC Berkeley HSESI Resource Hub, a curated collection of materials designed to support students and instructors in preparation for the rollout of California’s high school Ethnic Studies graduation requirement. Our hub aims to foster a deep understanding of oppression, liberation, and the intricate tapestry of social movements that shape society. Whether you’re seeking to enrich your teaching practices, expand your...

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...

HSESI Scholar Series: How Do We teach Pacific Island Matters in High School Ethnic Studies Curricula?

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On March 18th, the UC Berkeley High School Ethnic Studies Initiative held the scholar series panel discussion, “How do we teach Pacific Island matters in High School Ethnic Studies Curricula?” Moderated by undergraduate students Fine Ashley Tuitupou & Kahel Joem Zedekiah and featuring guest speakers Estella Owoimaha-Church, ...

Explore the Initiative

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This section will help you gain insights into the background and significance of California’s high school graduation requirement. We've included historical information on California's high school Ethnic Studies graduation requirement and our initiative's potential impact on California high school teachers and school districts through an exploratory report. We're also developing an oral history project for you to trace the roots of Ethnic Studies and immerse yourself in the activism of the original 1969 Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) strikers at UC Berkeley.

HSESI Scholar Series: Teaching the Black Panther Party Legacy

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On October 23, 2023, the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI) team and the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley hosted the first event in the UCB-HSESI scholar series.

Teaching the Black Panther Party Legacy is a panel discussion featuring Professors Ula Taylor and Waldo Martin, scholars on Black Panther Party history. This...

HSESI Scholar Series: Teaching Histories of Anti-Imperialist Solidarity

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On February 28th, the UC Berkeley High School Ethnic Studies Initiative held “Teaching Histories of Anti-Imperialist Solidarity”, moderated by UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department Chair Keith Feldman and featured Ethnic Studies scholars Dr. Jason Ferreira and ...

Cultivating Emotional Relationships to Essential HS Ethnic Studies Concepts

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During the 2024 Othering and Belonging conference, the UC Berkeley High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI) coordinated "Cultivating Emotional Relationships to Essential HS Ethnic Studies Concepts, a breakout session intended to support HSESI’s efforts, foster Bay Area teacher leadership and resource sharing vis-à-vis the graduation requirement, and place in conversation OBI’s bridging and belonging frameworks and practices in...

HSESI Scholar Series: Hope, Healing and the Warrior Women Project - A discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Castle

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On January 30th, 2023 the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI), held "Hope, Healing and the Warrior Women Project - A discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Castle”. This event took place at the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley and was a part of the HSESI Scholars Series. The series hosts panel discussions year-round aimed at supporting California high school Ethnic Studies educators.

Filmmaker and scholar Dr. Castle shared her experiences with...

HSESI Conversation: How do we create healing spaces in response to controversial topics?

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On March 26th, 2024, the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI) hosted the event "How do we create healing spaces in response to controversial topics?" with Kyle Beckham, facilitated by Jason Muñiz. Kyle Beckhan is a lecturer and co-director of the UC Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP). Beckham is also a veteran classroom teacher who helped to co-create SFUSD's Ethnic Studies program.

Participants Featured Speaker: Kyle Beckham, Co-...

HSESI In the News

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Explore the latest news and stories about the HSESI Program on our dedicated news page. Stay updated on our journey! For news inquiries, please email hsesi@berkeley.edu.