PCC Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies Summit

May 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
PCC Downtown
1255 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85709

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  1. Carolyn Classen

    Over 150 people at this summit today, with Welcome by Chancellor (Half Korean American) Lee Lambert, who said that PCC is committed to being an “institution of social justice”, with 57% minority students. Also attending were 4 of 5 PCC Governing Bd. members Demion Clinco, Mark Hanna, Sylvia Lee, and Luis Gonzales.
    Keynote Dr. Valenzuela spoke of “ethnic studies programs catching fire” in US and Canada, opening up pathways to teaching and building community (bilingual/ELL). She informed the audience about their Austin Texas project by Nuestro Grupo leading to Academia Cuauhtli curriculum, with 100 teachers in elem. to high schools, teaching/promoting Tejano culture, history, civil rights. Hidden hazards are resistance to change and past policy of “weapons of mass distraction.” (and probably racism)
    Then PCC program included five diverse panels from EGTS (Ethnic, Gender, Transborder Studies), as well as Ethnic Studies (UA and PCC), Gender & Women’s Studies, Global Transborder Studies and finally other initiatives/collaborations from TUSD, Santa Rita HS, PCC. Many presenters explained their ongoing programs and initiatives of inclusive, diversity and community. A DACA student Maya at PCC spoke about how difficult it is now for her to continue her college studies. Workshops in the afternoon to concentrate on imagining their Center for Excellence.

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