13th Annual Ethnic Studies Conference – 2017

“We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: [You]th for Liberation”


To continue the struggle for the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public high schools and supporting meaningful student engagement, we are hosting the 13th Annual Ethnic Studies Conference on Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at U.C. Berkeley. The conference has always been a collaborative effort between community and campus organizations so that we can all benefit from such conferences and strengthen our work as a result.This conference is not just a one-day event but part of a larger struggle to transform our education systems into equitable, relevant, and family centered institutions.

Youth Together is an education justice youth organization. Our purpose is to address the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth organizers and promoting positive school change. Our vision is to build a student power movement in the Bay Area and operate as a united front against current attacks on youth.

Youth Together and other student and community organizations and individuals such as BAY Peace and AYPAL are organizing the 13th Annual High School Ethnic Studies Conference. Previously, this conference had been organized by the Schools Not Jails Coalition, which has aided the launching of Ethnic Studies classes in high schools in San Francisco and Southern California, and the Organize Da Bay coalition. We continue to hold this conference because we believe it is important to strengthen our community’s education and the lives of individuals as we introduce students to critical thinking toward our diverse histories and current global issues.

The major goal of the conference is to promote and introduce high school students to ethnic studies and higher education all while grounding them in their own leadership and power. We believe that there is a crucial need to readdress history and to provide education that empowers our people to fight for justice. We also believe in promoting and modeling transformative and holistic education practices where young people learn the history of their ancestors and their peers, develop their leadership skills and are empowered to take charge of their education and lives.

The workshops will be divided into two tracks:

  • Session 1- Ethnic Studies, Resistance Movements, History and Culture
  • Session 2- Current Issues, Organizing & Activism, Leadership, Art and Healthy Living

This year’s Ethnic Studies Conference will provide the space for consciousness raising and alliance building amongst students. Students from around the Bay Area are building a movement and the conference will continue to empower young people to educate themselves, their community and to organize for liberation.


  • v. Interdisciplinary – includes various disciplines like history, sociology, politics, LGBT, etc.
  • v. A unique discipline because it is a tool of empowerment for ourselves and our community
  • v. Community rooted & centered, addresses “conquer and divide” tactics in society v About self-determination – people can research, learn and teach about their own heritage
  • v. Representative of people’s different worldviews and ethnic perspectives v Non-Eurocentric, also historical and contemporary
  • v. Intertwined with themes of resistance, struggle, and solidarity – social justice movement history
  • v. Represents methodologies (ways of teaching and learning) that implement popular education and other nontraditional methods, no “I am teaching you” attitude 13th Annual Ethnic Studies Conference

April 19th, 2017 | 9am to 3pm | U.C. Berkeley


Please email tdouangviseth@youthtogether.net for more questions!

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