Sean Arce • Elias Serna • Irene Sanchez
This panel will discuss the implications of the Arizona ban on Ethnic Studies that targeted the Mexican American Studies program and how that influenced and re-energized California educators and educators across the country to fight for Ethnic Studies in K-12, especially after the Arce v Douglass court case ruled that the Ethnic Studies ban was enacted with racial animus against Mexican Americans in 2017. This panel will include educators/Ethnic Studies practitioners who have continued to fight for Ethnic Studies in California and particularly Chicano studies carrying on the legacy of the 1968 walkouts in East LA.
Sean Arce is the former director of Mexican American Studies in TUSD, and is now Los Angeles-based educator. Co-founder and former director of the nationally renowned and now banned K-12 Mexican American Studies Department in Tucson, Arizona, Arce received the first Myles Horton Award for Teaching People’s History from the Zinn Education Project (ZEP) in 2012.
Elias Serna is a visiting professor of English at the University of Redlands and co-founder of the Chicano pop up book movement (a response to the ban on Ethnic Studies books). He has taught English, composition, film, business, Chican@ Studies and Ethnic Studies in high schools and universities since 1999. He is the co-founder of comedy-theatre troupe Chicano Secret Service, which has performed in theaters, community centers, and universities nationally and appeared on television.
Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar. Her poetry/writing/work has been featured by KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio, Latino Rebels, Telesur English, Inside Higher Education, NASPA, The American Federation of Teachers, The Huffington Post and more. Irene is honest and deliberate in working for social justice. This is reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking and workshops. As an educator of Race and Ethnic Studies, Irene believes in empowerment through knowledge and culture. She is the co-founder of The Southwest Political Report and founder of Xicana Ph.D. Blog where you can find some of her writings. She is a danzante of the Aztec/Mexica tradition. She is the co-host of a monthly poetry open mic in Pomona, CA called Poetry y Pan. In 2017 she received a fellowship to attend The Pink Door writers retreat and is a VONA 2018 alum (Poetry workshop with Willie Perdomo). Now based out of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, Irene teaches high school Latinx Studies and can often be found at a community/cultural event with her family. For more information see www.irenesanchezphd.com
Former high school students of Dr. Sanchez.