The center for ethnic studies

 

The Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) is an interdisciplinary program that helps you place historically marginalized groups such as American Indians, African Americans, Latinx, and Asian Americans at the center of academic inquiry. Critically examine race, ethnic inequality, and power relations in the United States, including institutional racism and white privilege.

Throughout history, Americans of color have been marginalized, disenfranchised, subordinated, excluded, denied basic civil and human rights, relocated, deported, imprisoned and exterminated. At the very core of ethnic studies lies the question: In the context of these historical and institutional realities, what does it really mean to be an U.S. American?

Ethnic studies emerged during the 1960s in California. Students of color, Blacks, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Latinos/as organized and demanded the inclusion of ethnic studies courses and the hiring of faculty of color. They fought for courses that included the perspectives, voices, and experiences of people of color who had traditionally been silenced and excluded from institutions of higher education. Today there are ethnic studies programs (majors, minors, certificates) at universities throughout the United States, including Wisconsin.


Ethnic studies encourages you to hold a mirror and reflect on your history which is typically absent in academe. You will be able to understand historical and cultural issues that are often the basis of human interaction in the public sphere, and in the workplace. Ethnic studies trains you in skills valuable to all professional fields including the ability to think critically and independently, particularly in terms of historical, cultural, and political analysis.

Minor

The ethnic studies minor may be combined with any major. The ethnic studies minor provides a sound grounding in diversity and intercultural issues which are increasingly important in the 21st century workplace. Ethnic studies alumni have continued on to graduate or law school for higher degrees. Alumni work in the public schools, social services, nonprofit organizations, private corporations, and media.

Requirements

The ethnic studies minor consists of 21 credits. Core courses and electives excavate and examine the often ignored, obscured and misrepresented histories of American Indians, African Americans, Latinos/as, and Asian Americans. There are also opportunities to seek internships and conduct independent research as an ethnic studies minor.

The Center of Ethnic Studies is engaged in programming that builds awareness of race, ethnicity, and institutional racism. In the past the CES sponsored guest speakers (Noel Ignatiev, Manning Marable, Peggy McIntosh), organized trips to UW-Milwaukee to attend lectures by prominent scholars: Bell Hooks, Angela Davis, Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and sponsored a two-day conference on campus on Power and Privilege.

More recently the Center for Ethnic Studies has co-sponsored campus activities, such as the Human Race Machine and the Exhibit of Hateful Things.

SEMI-ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CURRICULUM
Occurred on THURSDAY, APRIL 5 2018

We Discussed, challenged, and learned about the racism that affects education. Exploring the underlying assumptions of ethnocentrism, the gaze, and how students and instructors can resolve these issues once and for all.

AGENDA

Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusive Education for New Futures

Contested Knowledges: Indigenous Theorizing/Scholarship in Academia 
(Faculty Only)

Decolonizing Education for Inclusivity: the Praxis in the Western Academy

PRESENTER  GEORGE J. SEFA DEI

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Ontario (OISE/UT). He has published 26 books and over 150 refereed jourbal articles and book chapters.

Sponsored by Center for Ethnic Studies, Sociology Department, International Studies Program, Institute of Professional Educator Development, Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Inclusive Excellence mini grant, and a number of student organizations.

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THE CENTER FOR ETHNIC STUDIES AND LATINOS UNIDOS PRESENTS

UNDOCUMENTED: WHEN DID IMMIGRATION BECOME A PROBLEM? 

with speaker AVIVA CHOMSKY

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 
12PM  |  GREENQUIST 101
2PM  |  CART 109

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts.   A few of her books include Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014; Mexican edition, 2014), A History of the Cuban Revolution (2011, 2nd ed. 2015)

DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFO

Laura Khoury | 262-595-2590 | khoury@uwp.edu

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