Blossoming in Knowledge Through Understanding Suppressed Roots

Andrea Ramirez : Sociology major, Chicana/o Studies minor

Mentor: David Harding, Sociology

Previous scholarship on the topic of ethnic studies programs implementation in K-12 institutions has shown that there’s been educational benefits for students who participate in the courses.In San Francisco, the implementation of ethnic studies courses in the high schools resulted in documented grade improvement, and higher education retention rates. For my research project, I will focus on George Washington High in San Francisco to better understand the processes that allowed for students to obtain higher grades, and how the curriculum influences the students’ relationship to academics. By 2019, all CA public high schools will be required to offer ethnic studies courses.My research project will lead to a greater understanding of the possible impacts of this new legislation on youth in public high schools in California.