Stemming from roots in the borderlands of Tucson AZ, I digitally archive the embodied rhetoric, issues and projects that relate to me as an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University. E-mail me at: cnmedina AT SCU DOT edu.
I recieved this news earlier today from former MAS teacher Curtis Acosta with great news about former TUSD MAS curriculum being offered for college credit.
Curtis Acosta (right) and I
LA LUCHA SIGUE
Although we have suffered
through the pain and indignity of losing Mexican American Studies in
Tucson, today serves as the beginning of a sea change in this struggle.
In response to the Tucson Unified School District dismantling our MAS
classes, I started Chican@ Literature After School Studies (CLASS),
which meets at the John Valenzuela Youth Center in South Tucson and is
free for all students who attend. We meet for at least two hours each
Sunday, and sometimes my students and I lose complete track of time
because of our intense conversations inspired by how this amazing
literature relates to our world and our lives. It is the highlight of my
week and has kept my spirit and love for teaching alive during these
MAS GOES TO COLLEGE
Our dedication and love of learning has been rewarded thanks to the amazing people at Prescott College in Arizona.
In an incredible show of respect for the quality and rigor of our
former MAS classes in TUSD, Prescott College will be offering college
credit to these students for our Sunday classes. We are humbled and
excited for this partnership, but now we need your help to make this
dream become a reality.
TUSD banned the teaching of Chican@ literature, we recognize the rigor
and importance of the former MAS classes, and therefore Prescott College
will offer students the option to enroll in Curtis Acosta's Chican@
Literature class for college credit. We hope this will not only be an
incentive to attend this weekend class but will also send a strong
message that this knowledge is highly valued," said Anita Fernández, a
Prescott College professor.
Investing in the future of Chican@ Studies
It is incredibly important
for CLASS to remain free for this small group of young scholars. Thus,
we have established the Chican@ Literature And Studies Scholarship
(CLASS) Fund in order to raise money for the students to receive college
credit for their participation. Will you invest in these amazing young
people by donating to CLASS today?
A scholarship fund has been
set up in the hopes that most students will be able to earn college
credits free of charge. To make a tax-deductible donation to the
Chican@ Literature and Studies Scholarship (CLASS) fund, please send a
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Please write in the memo line: CLASS fund
In Lak Ech,
Chican@ Literature Teacher
Chican@ Literature After School Studies
(Acosta and I at Librotraficante Event)
To learn more about the curriculum of Tucson's famous
Mexican-American Studies program, the 93% graduation rate for their
students, and the controversy surrounding the now banished classes you
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