Brown is Beautiful: Cultural Empowerment in Oxnard Schools

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A few years ago, I was invited to present at a middle school in my hometown Oxnard, CA—a city that is predominantly Brown, where Latinx students make up 92.6% of the overall student body in the K-8 school district. The Latina school counselor who invited me strategically assigned me, a then-doctoral candidate, to present to students who were in a college preparatory program. When I arrived at the assigned classroom, a White teacher greeted me by saying something along these lines, “You can come speak to my class, but you can’t talk about Oxnard. You can only talk about college.”


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