SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cuesta College’s Ethnic Studies Department is proud to present the 2023 Ethnic Studies Teach-In on April 21, 2023, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Teach-In continues the tradition of student movements advocating for a relevant and inclusive education open to all community members, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, families, and more. The event will be hybrid on the San Luis Obispo campus and online via Zoom and YouTube live stream. 

The program includes keynote speaker Dr. Brittany Wiley, Ethnic Studies Professor from Shasta College and Paso Robles High School alumna, who will be joined by student-led workshops and an art showcase, lunch with a drag performance by Cal Poly Drag Club, and a plenary panel with local educators and school administrators from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County school districts, moderated by Dr. Aletha M. Harven, host of the YouTube series Transformative Conversations, on promoting equity and inclusion in education and beyond. The event will also feature live Spanish interpretation thanks to Bridging Voices-Uniendo Voces

Rita Casaverde, Executive Director of the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, shared her excitement about partnering with the Cuesta College Ethnic Studies department to bring this event to the community: “We are proud to partner with Cuesta College Ethnic Studies for this year’s Teach-In. We believe that the only way to achieve true equity is to understand the experience and contributions of different racial and ethnic groups from a holistic point of view.”

Dr. Mario Espinoza-Kulick, one of the event organizers, added, “Last year’s Teach-In was a great success, and we are thrilled to continue building momentum for Ethnic Studies and anti-racist efforts on our campuses and in our communities.”  

The Cuesta College Ethnic Studies Teach-In is co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department, Office of Instruction, Applied Behavioral Sciences Division, Equity and Student Success Committee, Student Life, Cultural Center, Cuesta Pride, Associated Students of Cuesta College (ASCC), and the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County with generous support from the Cuesta College Foundation and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. 

Register for Zoom with Spanish interpretation available:  

Register for in-person at Cuesta College’s SLO Campus:  

For more information, please get in touch with Dr. Mario Espinoza-Kulick by email at or Dr. Seb Ferrada at