Education

Introducing Our Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners

May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators|Tags: , , , , , , |

As Voice of Witness continues to amplify a diversity of newcomer voices in our oral history book series, we are also committed to developing curriculum through our education program that directly supports students in migrant and English Language Learner (ELL) communities. Today, you can download our new Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners. ADDRESSING THE [...]

Grassroots Storytelling from Thailand’s Healthcare System

April 18th, 2018|Categories: Education, Environmental Issues, Indigenous Rights|Tags: , , , , |

A guest post by Praveena Fernes, VOW Education Advisory Board Member. Read Part I of her full piece here, and Part II here. Last spring, I studied in rural Northeast Thailand and worked closely with human rights activists and healthcare providers to strengthen my understanding of sustainability and development. I met many villagers who have [...]

Our Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

March 8th, 2018|Categories: Activism, Civil Rights and Security, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

Our Education Associate Erin Vong just returned from a moving journey along the path of the Civil Rights Movement with Sojourn to the Past and 90 high school students. For almost 20 years, Sojourn has led thousands of students on life-changing educational trips through sites of the Civil Rights Movement, meeting veterans of the Freedom Struggle and connecting historic events [...]

Sharing Family Histories in Santa Fe

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Education, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: |

2016-2017 Germanacos Fellow Elizabeth Tidrick teaches World Literature at Monte Del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, NM. With a high population of English language learners and immigrant students, Liz helps her students identify their own roles in global culture. To achieve this, Liz developed an oral history project that provided her students the [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

San Lorenzo Conversations About Change, Race, and Community

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Education, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: |

Tina Eng and Samved Sangameswara were part of the 2016-17 Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History and worked with a class of English Language Development students at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, CA. The city of San Lorenzo has changed drastically over the last few decades, beginning as an almost entirely white population [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

Oscar Ramos: Changing the Way Schools Support Immigrant Students

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , |

Photo: Oscar Ramos (right) with his student José, whose parents are migrant farm workers. Photo from PBS documentary East of Salinas, 2015. Oscar Ramos is a teacher at Sherwood Elementary School in East Salinas, California. His story appears in VOW's Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Oscar's students are often [...]

VOW Receives Human Rights Education Award

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events|Tags: , , |

The Voice of Witness team is excited to share that we have been awarded the Edward O'Brien Human Rights Education Award for 2017! Each year, the award recognizes one organization and one individual who have made outstanding contributions to human rights education in the United States, in memory of pioneer human rights educator Ed O’Brien. We are [...]

Bringing Farmworker Stories Back to Delano

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Narrators, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: , , |

Chasing the Harvest editor Gabriel Thompson speaks to Delano community members. Two years ago, California officially recognized October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, honoring the Filipino-American advocate who was instrumental in advancing labor rights for farmworkers throughout the state. This year, 220 people gathered on this day at Robert F. [...]