Western’s Heritage Resources Series presents talk about ethnic studies programs

Michael Vendiola presents a talk in Western Washington University’s Heritage Resources’ Speaker Series, “Relating to Race: The College of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington State College,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at WWU’s Goltz-Murray Archives Building, 808 25th St. (at Bill McDonald Parkway).

In the mid-1960s, American colleges and universities saw the emergence of black studies and ethnic studies programs. Factors such as the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement and people of color movements, federal policy changes, philanthropic influences, and a trend toward general social change set the stage for such programs to develop.

Vendiola will examine the development of the College of Ethnic Studies at Western, which he argues can be traced to federal policy changes, active faculty advocates, and somewhat of an urban influence. He will also outline implications for the current dialogue on ethnic studies and the greater issue of race relations.

Vendiola is a member of the Swinomish, Lummi and Visayan (Filipino) nations. He is program manager of the Office of Native Education in the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a doctoral student at the University of Washington. Details: 360-650-6621, library.wwu.edu/heritageresources.