Stolen Education Film Screening

Stolen EducationOn behalf of Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion and Principal Investigator for the Unidos Project, you are cordially invited to join the Unidos partners at a Film Screening featuring Enrique Alemán, Jr., Executive Producer and Writer, and Rudy Luna, Director and Writer of the film on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Please RSVP your attendance here: http://diverse.unm.edu/go/stolen-education

About the Event:

The Unidos Project is pleased to announce the screening of Stolen Education on Friday, December 6th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Bank of America Theatre at 5:30 pm. Enrique Alemán, Jr., Executive Producer and Writer, and Rudy Luna, Director and Writer will lead an introduction to the film.

Stolen Education documents the journey to recapture the remarkable story of the schoolchildren who changed educational history in Texas when in 1956, eight students testified in a federal desegregation court case. As Mexican Americans, they were placed in three years of first grade as a way to discriminate against them by the all White school board, administration and faculty. STOLEN EDUCATION also confronts the continued inequity in public schools today.

Stolen Education presents a perspective that argues for not only the power of sharing one’s story but of how the nurturing of one’s soul may occur when one listens to and validates someone’s experience. This story is transferrable among multiple communities and a broad array of audiences, educators, community activists, and students. The larger context of this project and its significance also lies in its ability to help audiences understand historical narratives. With the prominence of educational issues in the national discourse, Stolen Education also contextualizes how our current educational system has enduring roots in segregation, discrimination and racism.

“Our educational systems were formulated on ideas of who merited an education and who did not,” said Dr. De Leon, Unidos Project Principal Investigator and VP for Equity and Inclusion. “It fundamentally was not an inclusive system.”

The Unidos Project feels it is important to discuss inequities in education many minorities face and to continue the dialogue regarding the fundamental changes that must occur in order to best serve the Latino community.

Following the film, a distinguished panel will discuss historical inequities in education, identify current inequities, what needs to be done to identify and address inequities and/or the impact of the inequities on our communities of color.

De Leon added, “We must understand the genesis and nature of the inequities that have occurred over time so that we can recognize and correct overt and subtle educational inequities that persist.”