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August 6, 2020 Ethnic Studies Presentation
August 6, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Courtney Bonam will join us on our August 6th call. Dr. Bonam is the parent of a Central Elementary School first grader and is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in psychology from Stanford University, completed a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, and was a faculty member in African American Studies and Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago. Broadly, Dr. Bonam studies racial stereotyping and discrimination processes as they impact how people think about, feel about, and interact with one another, and how people build neighborhoods, cities, and schools. She is particularly interested in how racial stereotyping reinforces racial inequality and social identity threat, and how social justice education can mitigate both of these social problems.
During the call, Dr. Bonam will explain why a race and ethnic studies curriculum, like that covered in the CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, is essential for K-12 education—even when considering the youngest elementary school students. She will describe evidence from social science research to emphasize how these lessons can positively impact all children and students, including 1) boosting academic success, 2) developing skills to function effectively in a racially diverse society, and 3) fostering a more racially just society. Action steps to support the CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum will also be discussed.