Study by Pete Railand in Just Seed

“Study” by Pete Railand in Just Seed


Over my seven years of teaching experience, my teaching philosophy in Ethnic Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies has been grounded in providing a transformative educational experience for students and revolutionizing the classroom through building a positive relationship with students. My dedication to students and to the field of Ethnic, Gender, and Queer Studies is rooted in my own experience as a first- generation queer Chicana educator working with diverse student bodies, and primarily working-class. Furthermore, the Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies courses I took in my undergraduate and graduate career were significant to me since they enabled me to make these connections and better understand the manifestations of power that affected my community’s life and mine. I am inspired to provide the same transformative education that I received to empower youth from all backgrounds to articulate their experiences and challenge them to create the world where they want to live.

I have organized my pedagogy to accomplish three main goals:
1) to guide students to study and comprehend texts to enable them to apply concepts and theories to contemporary society;
2) to emphasize collective and collaborative learning through interactive and multi-sensorial lesson plans;
3) and to allow students to see themselves and their communities as curators of knowledge and cultural wealth by valuing the perspectives each student brings.

Critical Migration Studies

Abolish ICE. Open All Borders Chalk Art by Daily Chalkupy

This course studies the contemporary debates and interventions in Latinx migration studies. By undertaking an interdisciplinary approach, it covers a wide range of intersectional critiques to traditional approaches in what constitutes immigration and border studies.

Latinx Gender and Sexuality Studies Studies

Late translatina activist, Zoraida Reyes

This course begins at interrogating and queering the term Latinidad (and other related terms such as Hispanic, Chican@, and Latinx) from a queer lens to include indigenous and Black Latinidades.

Reproductive Justice as Public Health

“Chicana Power Mama” by Melanie Cervantes in Just Seeds

This course studies the development and historical perspectives of what constitutes public health in the United States and its development through the racialization and gendering of Latina/os communities. Particularly, it traces the foundations of medicine and reproductive health in the United States as methods for population management, border control, and ultimately white supremacy.

Introduction to Chicanx Studies

UCSD Mural “Chicano Legacy 40 Años” by Mario Torero; Photo by Jay Galvin

This course studies the meaning of “Chicano/a/x” as both an identity and movement as well as the historical conditions that created it. It utilizes Ethnic Studies frameworks on race and ethnicity to position a study of Chicana/o/x History. Students study the political development of a new radical Mexican-American identity in chronological order.