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Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee

Contact Information

Social Studies

Jerry Price
360-480-0186

The Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee was created by OSPI as mandated by the 2019 Legislature in SB 5023 and by the 2020 Legislature in SB 6066. OSPI is charged to "...identify and make available ethnic studies materials and resources for use in grades kindergarten through twelve." The Legislature states in RCW 28A.150.210 that "A basic education is an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens..." The Legislature also intends to encourage public schools with students in grades seven through twelve to offer an ethnic studies course that incorporates the materials and resources. 

Authorizing Legislation

Ethnic Studies Community Agreements

Washington State Ethnic Studies Portal

The Washington State Ethnic Studies Portal contains The Washington State Ethnic Studies Framework and all supporting materials and resources from the Washington State Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee.

Committee Meetings

Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee meetings are co-facilitated by Verónica Vélez, Associate Professor, Secondary Education and Education & Social Justice at Western Washington University; Denisha Saucedo, Educator-FWPS; and Brooke Brown, Educator-CPSD. If you have questions regarding accommodations or if you would like more details about meetings, please contact Kari Tally or Jerry Price.

Next Meeting

December 15, 2021 (online)
4:00-5:00 PM

Past Meetings


Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee Members

Name Representing
William Jackson Association of Washington School Principals
Andrea Caupain-Sanderson Commission on African American Affairs
Dr. Wanda M. Brown-Billingsly, Ed.D Commission on African American Affairs 
Sui-Lan Ho'okano Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Vesna Danh Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Maria Isabel Carrera Zamanillo Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Rodrigo F. Renteria-Valencia, Ph.D Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Nu'om Fariz Council on American Islamic Relations
Amanda Hubbard Educator Recommendation
Amie Jette Educator Recommendation
Brooke Brown (Co-Facilitator) Educator Recommendation
Harpreet Parhar Educator Recommendation
Isabelle Tetu Educator Recommendation
Kate Frazier Educator Recommendation
Martin Louie Educator RecommendationEducator RecommendationEducator Recommendation
Melissa Pointer Educator Recommendation
Sharon J. Kriskovich Educator Recommendation
Tina Gilmore Educator Recommendation
Linda J. Clifton  Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Linda McKay Washington Association of School Administrators
Vicki C. Bates Washington Association of School Administrators
Denisha Saucedo (Co-Facilitator) Washington Education Association
Michael Peña Washington Education Association 
Pamelia Valentine Washington Teacher Advisory Council
Verónica N. Vélez, Ph.D. (Co-Facilitator) Western Washington Universtiy