Wed, March 30, 2011 • The Westin Pasadena, 191 North Los Robles, Pasadena, California
"Sites of Education for Social Justice"
Although best known as the host of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, the city of Pasadena also boasts numerous cultural amenities, fine restaurants and top retailers. The Westin Pasadena sits locally among this historic town with it museums and restaurants. While the annual conferene of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies has been hosted in the Los Angeles area many times over, it has been a long time that we've been Southern California and not be in Los Angeles. Pasadena offers us the large city opportunities of resturants and activities without feeling lost. We feel this is a unique opportunity for our membership to participate in the three day conference and enjoy the city of Pasadena to its fullist.
We at times fail to acknowledge that education does not only occur between four walls. It is important to point out that there are issues affecting students in schools such as Arizona’s attempt to ban ethnic studies, Texas’ whitening of social studies curriculum, the effects of high stakes testing on all students, and the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, among others. Formal education has always been on the fore in Chicano communities. From the establishment of bilingual education to the walkouts of the late 60’s to the emergence of Chicano Studies programs at colleges and universities, education, in a more formal sense, has held great import for our communities.
However, there are other sites where education occurs that may initially appear invisible. When children of immigrant parents marched in 2006 there was a site of education. When professors and policy analysts question and critically speak to racist and discriminatory policies and laws there is a site of education. When we denounce racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression through film, poetry, literature, art, and other media, we have a site of education. In each of these instances and others we educate and move toward social justice.
The 38th NACCS national conference will focus on education from a broad perspective, not just the four walls of a school, college, or university classroom. Let us examine how we, the membership of NACCS, both academics and activists, are educators who promote educative acts that move us toward social justice.