|This is the #SomosMAS students and faculty from Palo Alto College, San Antonio|
The course will be called "Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies," with all of the other Ethnic Studies courses preceded by this heading, as well. Not exactly what we wanted or asked for, but close enough. This was a compromise that all of us can live with.
We're not just a name or identity, as so many of us underscored in our testimony yesterday: We are a respected field of study at the university level and have been in existence for at least 50 years. Someday soon though, all of this is just going to get called "a good education."
Congratulations to the NACCS Tejas Foco K-12 committee, students, faculty, elders, allies, and supporters from throughout the state of Texas! Yesterday alone, folks emanated from all parts of the state to come and testify, including Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, and South Texas.
Many thanks to our champions on the state board, especially Ruben Cortez, who spearheaded this from the beginning. Marisa Perez and Erika Beltran were right there with him. Board Member Lawrence Allen was also in solidarity with us all the way.
Thanks go, as well, to the Texas Center for Education Policy, the Texas Freedom Network, the REST Coalition, the Mexican American School Board Association, LULAC, MALDEF, teachers, children, parents, undergraduate and graduate students who have testified over the years, and the many legislators from the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and the Senate Hispanic Caucus that have supported us strongly, as well, over the years.
It takes a village to carry forward even the worthiest of agendas—and I feel so very proud of us all!
In short, we can now comfortably say that our committee and community have won Ethnic Studies for the state of Texas!
Now to move on to the TEKS agenda and frankly, to continue to be a presence and involved in SBOE politics.
Felicidades, everybody! And see y'all at the June 30 Mexican American Studies Summit on at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio.