High School Ethnic Studies Initiative (HSESI)

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

Igniting innovation: University of California in the summer

August 2, 2023

UC Berkeley had one of the nation’s first ethnic studies departments. This summer, its leadership continues with the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative, tailored for high school educators interested in teaching this important course. Through a comprehensive curriculum encompassing concepts, content and community building, participating educators have an opportunity to refine their teaching approaches and develop engaging course...

Soon, California educators must teach ethnic studies. UC Berkeley is helping them prepare.

March 27, 2024

As one of the first universities in the country to create an ethnic studies department, Berkeley is helping high schools chart their own path.

Last summer, California teachers geared up to teach ethnic studies in their classrooms at a weeklong conference held at UC Berkeley, where campus faculty and staff members provided them with support, resources, teaching materials and the opportunity to craft their own lesson plans. Read More

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.

High School Ethnic Studies Initiative 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 knowledge...

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 ...

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 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 Third World Liberation Front Panel

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On June 12, 2023, UC Berkeley's High School Ethnic Studies Initiative held a panel discussion on the history of the 1969 Third World Liberation Front Strike at UC Berkeley.

Featured panelists: Clementina Duron, 1969 TWLF Student Striker, and UC Berkeley Alum and a public school teacher and principal for 30 years in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Harvey Dong, 1969 TWLF UC Berkeley Student Striker, and UC Berkeley Alum and Faculty, Ethnic Studies Vicci Wong, 1969 TWLF UC Berkeley Student Striker, UC Berkeley Alum, Cofounder, Asian American Political...

Ethnic Studies Student Panel

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On Tuesday, June 13, 2023, UC Berkeley's High School Ethnic Studies Initiative held a panel discussion exploring the Ethnic Studies curriculum at the high school and university-level. This discussion featured Ethnic Studies students from Berkeley High School and alum from UC Berkeley, who offered insights into the challenges, opportunities and immense significance of Ethnic Studies courses in today’s academic landscape.

Panelists: Berkeley High School Students Mariarosa Cerritos and Camille Jacala and UC Berkeley Alum Niyatt Mengis....

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.