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Equity in Chicana/o Studies

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We, the undersigned, agree that students and Chicana/o Studies faculty must work together in honoring El Plan de Santa Barbara by ensuring that students have a say in determining what would best serve their needs. We collectively agree that CI's Chicana/o Studies program can be greatly improved if the following actions were to be implemented:

1. El Plan de Santa Barbara was written as a guide to ensure that Chicano/a Studies programs empower our youth and communities, regardless of titles or degrees of their faculty. According to El Plan de Santa Barbara, “Jobs created... must be filled by competent Chicanos, not only the Chicano who has the traditional credentials required for the position, but one who has the credentials of the Raza.” In the spirit of El Plan de Santa Barbara, we urge Chicana/o Studies to first and foremost take into account the passion, dedication, commitment, experiential knowledge and the actual WORK faculty are participating in to dismantle systems of oppression in our communities in order to determine who is or is not "qualified" to teach courses within our program, rather than using institutional policies that have traditionally been used to oppress our community.

2. All faculty, whether professors or lecturers, should teach BOTH upper and lower division courses EVERY semester. In this way, students can meet and establish relationships with all faculty members from the beginning. This would also give way to a more equitable distribution of students and workload per professor.

3. In order to prevent further cultural appropriation of indigenous traditional protocols, we implore that the Chicana/o Studies program follow Chumash protocol, not only by acknowledging that we are on traditional Chumash territory, but also by asking permission from our local Chumash community to carry out any traditional and/or indigenous cultural ceremonies and/or practices. It is important to respect this protocol by allowing only those who have been granted permission to teach and/or carry indigenous-based courses, events, ceremonies, etc. to do so. CSUCI as an institution follows this protocol and we expect Chicana/o Studies to do the same.

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