While our tactics and organization have shifted throughout the years we remain focused on our mission to build a grassroots movement of educators, parents, students and community members. Our mission is to uplift untold stories from people of color, indigenous, disability, and LGBTQIA communities and to organize to have these stories embedded in school curriculum and policies throughout the state. The idea is to use our own narratives to transform and empower our communities, making us subjects of our own realities.
Between November 2017 and January 2018 VCESES formed as a small, grassroots group and began its groundbreaking work of drafting the Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Working Group bill. This idea was inspired by the pioneering work by Oregon’s Ethnic Studies Coalition in passing HB 2845, which established statewide Ethnic Studies for Oregon K-12.
On January 31 of 2018, H.794 was introduced by Representatives Kiah Morris, Selene Colburn, and Kevin “Coach” Christie. The bill quickly gained momentum and popularity as a priority piece of legislation for individuals, educators, and families statewide.
The bill almost passed in the 2017-2018 legislative session and then went on to pass the house and senate unanimously in 2019. In March 29. 2019, the bill was signed into law!
Who We Are
We are a statewide coalition led by a multicultural and multigenerational group including: people of color from various racial and ethnic groups;anti-poverty, disability rights advocates; and LGBTQIA advocates. Our coalition includes elders, students, parents, educators, and organizations.
Our coalition is led by a group of core members and receives partnership and wisdom from advisors and organizational coalition partners.