This week's call to action asks us to help address Oregon's racist and exclusionary history by asking the schools in your community about their curricula. In recent years, the steadfast efforts of communities of color, tribal leaders, students, parents, community based organizations, educational leaders, and legislators, have led to important shifts in Oregon's educational landscape. These major policy wins -- the passage of a statewide Ethnic Studies bill, in addition to SB 13's Tribal History/Shared History -- require that schools adopt and implement curriculum recognizing the contributions and history of all Oregonians.
Ask your alma mater and/or kids’ school about their curriculum.
Hold Oregon schools accountable for including the histories of people of color and, in particular, women of color. If students learn only white histories or white narratives of subjects like the Oregon Trail, frontier spirit, and manifest destiny, advocate for major changes in the curriculum.
Narratively: The Long Journey to Reveal the Oregon Trail's Racist History
Oregon Black Pioneers: Racing to Change, Oregon's Civil Rights Years
National Education Association Today: 'White Privilege Permeates Education': Q & A with Anti-Racist White Educator
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: History of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Oregon Humanities: Oregon Humanities Curriculum Guides