Cultivating spaces of community, healing, and resilience through K-12 Ethnic Studies

The implementation of Ethnic Studies at the K-12 level brings possibilities and challenges in a context of schooling that so often centers and normalizes whiteness. In recentering our curriculum and praxis on narratives, experiences, and perspectives of often marginalized identities and communities, we can build spaces of solidarity with and among our BIPOC students and colleagues.

UCR Teacher Education Program's Ethnic Studies Speaker Series and the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice invites you to register for “K-12 Ethnic Studies: Cultivating Spaces of Community, Healing, and Resilience for BIPOC Teachers and Students.”

This virtual workshop, held Thursday, February 18 at 4pm, will highlight examples of curriculum from Ethnic Studies teachers and reflections on how ethnic studies allows us to center our sustainability and development as we engage in the deeply personal labor of love of teaching.

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Princess Reese

Seattle, Washington native Princess Reese is a social justice educator currently serving the curious minds of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. A graduate of the UCLA TEP program (2018), Princess spends time organizing with #StudentsDeserve, building curriculum with peers, and working towards making every social science class feel like Ethnic Studies.





Nivia Alvarado

Nivia Alvarado was born and raised in the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica, California. Nivia currently works in East Los Angeles, a community that has a long history of youth activism. As an Ethnic Studies educator, Nivia hopes that when her students leave the classroom they are able to develop a critical consciousness that allows them to read the world, feel humanized and become agents of social change. She enjoys collaborating with other educators who are interested in creating curriculum through an Ethnic Studies framework and believes that these are often the best lessons because they are cultivated in community and with confianza.



Darlene Lee

Darlene Lee is a partner, mother, daughter, friend, teacher, and teacher educator. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the UCLA Teacher Education Program Ethnic Studies Pathway and appreciates the opportunity to work with so many creative, powerful, loving ethnic studies teachers like Princess and Nivia. 







Rita Kohli

Rita Kohli is an Associate Professor and Equity Advisor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside. She also serves as the coordinator of the Teacher Education Program Ethnic Studies Pathway, and is co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.



Marcos Pizarro

Marcos Pizarro is the Associate Dean of the College of Education, Professor of Chicanx Studies at San José State University, and Co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.

About GSOE's Ethnic Studies Speaker Series

Ethnic Studies is the critical, interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with a focus on the history, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, Asian American, Pacific Islander and other communities of Color within and beyond the United States. The Ethnic Studies Pathway at UC Riverside's Teacher Education Program (TEP) exposes students enrolled in the English and Social Studies credential/Master's to the principles of Ethnic Studies, exploring applications to K-12 school pedagogy and curriculum. One goal, among many, is to create a pipeline of educators who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to serve as Ethnic Studies teachers across the region, state, and country. To enhance the scholarly and activist nature of the work, UCR's TEP “Ethnic Studies Speaker Series” engages the Graduate School of Education and the broader community with the voices and work of critical scholars, practitioners, and community activists that enhance understanding of Ethnic Studies.


Questions about the Speaker Series and/or Pathway program can be directed to Dr. Rita Kohli, associate professor and coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Pathway.

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