Co-Presidents Letter to Members October 2016





Dr. Miguel Zavala / Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


October 2016



Dear California NAME Members,

We, the co-Presidents of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME), send our sincerest hopes that you are engaged in practices that continue the work of critical multicultural education.  The CA-NAME Board met mid-August to reflect on the year, build internally, and set some exciting goals for the year ahead.  As we build our organization we intend CA-NAME to be a supportive space where you can find resources, network, problem-solve, and rejuvenate with like-minded progressive educators to further our shared goals.  Below, you will find a summary of our organizations 2015-2016 accomplishments, 2016-2017 goals, and opportunities for participation. 

Our organization did good work in the past year (July 2015-July 2016) in our efforts to support Ethnic Studies movements in California.  Our members played key roles in supporting school districts in resolving to implement Ethnic Studies curriculum in K-12 schools. 




Through strategic coalitions with other pro-Ethnic Studies organizations, membership on task forces, writing letters of support, meeting with the community and school board members, advising districts on curriculum and instruction we supported the growth of Ethnic Studies programs in our state.  We held a successful community responsive annual conference in our newest CA-NAME Regional Network, Humboldt and co-sponsored an Ethnic Studies Summit at Chapman University.  We launched a new website that has great capacity to grow our organization’s work and published our inaugural newsletter. Our individual Board Members collaborated to develop and publish research and curriculum that supports critical multicultural education.

In 2016-2017 we will continue our work to support Ethnic Studies with the following overarching goal:

Support the creation and development of K-12 community responsive critical multicultural education/ethnic studies curriculum and pedagogy across California public schools.

We divided this goal into five areas:

1) Advocate for ethnic studies programs in districts with involvement in district ethnic studies committees and through writing letters of support;

2) Increase our public voice through advocacy of ethnic studies on our website;

3) Provide resources for ethnic studies on our website;

4) Provide professional development for ethnic studies to school districts in a California region;

5) Hold our annual conference with a focus on community responsive professional development for teacher educators.

We’d like you to consider getting involved in our work and goals this year.  Here are some specific ways you can connect with us:

  • Get registered on our new website! We want our website to be a welcoming and oft-visited hub of resources, communication, and advocacy. Visit and click on the “Get Involved!” tab to fill out your information and submit.  This will get you into our database so you will receive occasional eblasts and will be able to comment on posts on our site.
  • Post to our Facebook Page:
  • Plan to attend the CA-NAME Day at the Ethnic Studies Summit II at Chapman University April 1st & 2nd, 2017.
  • Advocate for and Support Ethnic Studies in your region.  Visit the Ethnic Studies Now website and click on the “Districts” drop-down menu to see if there is a push for Ethnic Studies in your area:  If not, visit our Start and Ethnic Studies Movement Primer and contact a Board Member for support.
  • Attend and participate in a Regional Network meeting in your region.  Click here for Regional Networks, their meeting dates and agendas.
  • Be resourceful!  Visit our Ethnic Studies Resources pages for research, curriculum, video links and more for teaching ethnic studies.

We hope that we will meet you in person in the coming year and connect in ways that strengthen critical multicultural education and ethnic studies in California.




Dr. Miguel Zavala & Dr. Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen

Co-Presidents (July 2016-July 2018)

California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education



2016-2017 Board Members:


Dr. Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, Vice President, San Francisco State University

Dr. Nikola Hobbel, Secretary, Humboldt State University

Dr. Susan Warren, Treasurer, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Thandeka Chapman, Chair, San Diego Regional Network

Dr. Marisol Ruiz, Chair, Humboldt Regional Network

Dr. Nicholas Henning, Chair, Los Angeles Regional Network

Dr. Annamarie Francois, Chair, Advocacy Committee

Dr. Theresa Montaño, Vice Chair, Advocacy Committee

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