Ethnic Studies From Student’s Perspective

Sofia Alvarez, Writer

Danielle Henderson, a senior at San Marcos High School and president of the Black Student Union wants to be the help and push communities that need to be represented. 

“As president of Black Student Union I like to represent black people on campus because we’re already such a misrepresented small minority on campus so I want to make sure I create an open environment for those in my community as long as getting to know those people on my campus and seeing the ways we are similar and trying to connect with people that may have similarities that I don’t see from other people” Henderson said.

Henderson is a senior who wants to leave a mark in our community here at San Marcos High School. She knows what is right from wrong and like many, she is able to strive for a change. 

“There’s a lot of things being said to do which is nice knowing administration have certain goals…There is not necessarily enough being done…I think it’s also important because in life, you will meet people from different backgrounds and even in certain jobs you have to be adaptive, you have to be aware of the people that you work with and how they come from different backgrounds,” said Henderson.

Henderson recognizes the advantages of ethnic studies being introduced to students at a time while they are still forming their identity. Ethnic studies bring more than just knowledge of the past. It introduces new ideas that can broaden new ways of thinking. 

Knowing that there is a problem within so many communities not being represented is one thing, but being the one to take action towards what we fight for is what many students are lacking within our administration. 

Jacqueline Olguin Hernandez is the president of the Hispanic Student Union. Hernandez and Hernderson share many of the same ideas on this issue.

“I think it is very important because we spend a lot of our time here at school…this is really where we develop our minds and if we don’t develop our minds in an environment which we feel accepted and represented then I feel like that can really have an effect on how well we perform in school,” said Hernandez.

A majority of our lives are spent in school, and if students don’t feel welcome and safe, how are they able to perform in such an environment? 

High school students are at a critical point in their life where they are forming their identity and ways of thinking. Offering ethnic studies provides several advantages and after many years of always learning from one perspective, both students and teachers are now just counting down the days of when we will start to see a change in our education.