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Critical Ethnic Studies Celebrates 50 Years at CCA!


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Critical Ethnic Studies Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The Critical Ethnic Studies statement on Black Lives Matter took shape as national attention focused on police violence against Black Americans following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Written in response to those events and sentiments of spring and summer 2020 by Rickey Vincent with other Critical Ethnic Studies faculty.

CCA faculty participating in the “Decolonial Unconference: An afternoon of conversations and workshops,” which took place in February 2020. Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno/ CCA.


Past Events

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Celebrating Sandra Vivanco Virtual Event

Fri, Apr 9 2021, 12PM - 1:30PM

Organized by CCA Architecture Division

Free and Open to the Public


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Diedrick Brackens with Danielle Jackson Virtual Event

Tue, Mar 16 2021, 6PM - 8PM

Organized by Critical Ethnic Studies: Celebrating 50 years at CCA + Fine Arts Division + Textiles Program + Visual and Critical Studies

Free and Open to the Public.


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Alberto Mellado Moreno Virtual Event

Wed, Mar 10 2021, 6PM - 8PM

Organized by Critical Ethnic Studies: Celebrating 50 years at CCA + Fine Arts Division + Textiles Program + Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studios.

Free and Open to the Public.


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Jomo Tariku / Africa Furniture Design: A Personal Perspective Virtual Event

Thu, Mar 11 2021, 6PM - 7PM

Organized by Furniture Design and Critical Ethnic Studies (Part of event series: Spring 2021 Design Lecture Series)

Free and Open to the Public.


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1970-2020 from The Black Studies Institute to Critical Ethnic Studies

Curated by:

Jennine Scarboro, CCA Libraries

Eduardo Pineda, Critical Ethnic Studies

As CCA celebrates a 50 year commitment to the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and the perspectives and experiences of people of color, 1970-2020 from The Black Studies Institute to Critical Ethnic Studies explores the timeline of the program from its founding to the present day.

At a time when widespread social and political change is being called for, when systemic racism is being challenged, when anti-Blackness is being critically examined, and when a global pandemic is forcing us to rethink community and identity, the work is not yet done.

First annual exhibit and sale of Black Student Art, 1972. CCAC Black Student Union.


Podcast Series

The Value of Our Work: Critical Ethnic Studies Program Chairs Roundtable

Current Critical Ethnic Studies Chair, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton (BFA Individualized Studies 2009), joins former chairs Melinda de Jesús, Sonia BasSheva Manjon, and Opal Palmer Adisa in conversation to share their experiences as head of the program during their time at CCA; to speak to the impact of the program on the college and its students; and to discuss the critical work, structural change, and prioritization that still needs to occur at CCA and institutions of higher education to truly dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism.