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National Ethnic Studies Project

At the heart of IUME is its commitment to activism through research, using research as a tool for social justice. Therefore, the Institute is proud to announce an array of research projects that IUME students and staff are either leading or heavily involved in producing, each that promote teaching and learning and/or educational issues through an anti-deficit framework. Additionally, we encourage the community to be a part of our research, further collaborating with those who our research intends to benefit. 

About the IUME National Ethnic Studies Project

Led by IUME Research Fellow, Doctoral student Catí de los Ríos, IUME is leading a national research study surveying and examining the historicity of high school ethnic studies courses offered throughout the country. Catí has developed literature reviews, conducted document analyses, ethnographic content analyses, and co-authored publications on ethnic studies curricula across the country. Currently, Catí is working on a California Survey of Ethnic Studies teachers, their curriculum theorizing, and teaching philosophies.

Catí's work and the National Ethnic Studies Project, in part, has been inspired by the "Save Ethnic Studies" movement originating in Arizona in result of HB 2281 in Tucson, where the Tucson Unified School District teachers and community have fought against the banning of books and curriculum related to the highly successful Raza Studies program.

For more information about IUME's National Ethnic Studies Project, contact Ms. Catí de los Ríos at

Tucson Teachers Speak Out Event -- March 2nd, 2012 at Teachers College, Columbia University

In March of 2012, Catí organized the "Tucson Teachers Speak Out" event on campus, where Milbank hall was packed to complete capacity, as community members from all over New York City were sitting on stairs and standing in the back to hear Sean Arce and Maria Federico Brummer speak (two Raza Studies teachers from the TUSD) following the showing of the powerful documentary "Precious Knowledge." This event brought massive awareness to the "Save Ethnic Studies" awareness, in addition to raising thousands of dollars in support of ethnic studies, rocking the New York City area like never before at Teachers College.