Chicano Studies Curriculum Implemented at Alternative School

CONTACT: Carol Selkin,
Public Affairs Manager
(323) 343-3044

Chicano Studies Curriculum Implemented at Alternative School

Los Angeles, October 12, 1995 -- The Department of Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, in cooperation with the METAS (Mujeres Educadas Transformando Academia y Socidad / Educated Women Transforming Academia and Society) program, has completed the development of a gender-relevant curriculum to be used at a regional alternative school in the Chicano / Latino community. The Chicano Studies class, part of the METAS program, has been recently implemented at Hawaiian Gardens High School.

Rosalia Gonzales and Esperanza Vielma, teachers at Hawaiian Gardens High School, approached Irene I. Blea, Chair of Cal State L.A.'s Chicano Studies Department, about using her textbook, La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender, and her teaching methodology in working with a targeted group of twenty 14-17 year-old girls. The twenty students were recommended through the Coalition for Youth Development, which works with area males and females to reduce gang problems, improve student retention, and insure the safety of young people. The young women selected will spend an entire year studying La Chicana, visiting the CSLA campus, and being introduced to role models like Dr. Blea, in an attempt to broaden their exposure to various lifestyles and encourage them to work toward a college degree.

The objective of the curriculum is to teach young women that higher education can be achieved without abandoning their culture. METAS is located at 22101 Norwalk Boulevard in Hawaiian Gardens.

For information, call Rosalia Gonzales and Esperanza Vielma at (213) 344-7581; call Irene I. Blea at (323) 343-2190; or write to the Department of Chicano Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, King Hall C3101, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032.

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