Ron Espiritu ’06 teaches Ethnic Studies to high school students in the Latinx immigrant community of Macarthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sharing his journey about developing a district wide culturally relevant, social justice, and anti-oppression curriculum for K-12 classrooms and all academic disciplines. Students interested in careers in teaching, education leadership and education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.
Ron Espirit ’06 has taught Ethnic Studies to high school students for the past 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the director of the Ethnic Studies for All Program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academies where he is working with a team of teachers and administrators to infuse Ethnic Studies pedagogies from K-12th grades across academic disciplines in seven different schools. He continues to teach Ethnic Studies classes at Camino Nuevo Miramar High School in the Macarthur Park community of Downtown Los Angeles. Ron also works with the UCLA History and Geography project as the lead facilitator of the curriculum project for the KCET TV documentary series “Lost LA” which brings to light powerful stories from various historical archives in Los Angeles. Ron earned his B.A. in History and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano and Nuyorican Literature from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is a founding member of The People’s Education Movement, a grassroots community organization that mobilizes educators to fight for social justice in and out of the classroom. Espiritu is also a National Board Member for the Education for Liberation Network and is a participant in local and national campaigns that promote and expand Ethnic Studies approaches to teaching.