FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/12/95
CONTACT: Carol Selkin,
Public Affairs Manager
Los Angeles, October 12, 1995 -- The Department of Chicano
Studies at California State University, Los Angeles,
in cooperation with the METAS (Mujeres Educadas Transformando
Academia y Socidad / Educated Women Transforming Academia and
Society) program, has completed the development of a gender-relevant
curriculum to be used at a regional alternative school in the
Chicano / Latino community. The Chicano Studies class, part of
the METAS program, has been recently implemented at Hawaiian Gardens
Rosalia Gonzales and Esperanza Vielma, teachers at Hawaiian Gardens
High School, approached Irene I. Blea, Chair of Cal State
L.A.'s Chicano Studies Department, about using her textbook, La
Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender, and
her teaching methodology in working with a targeted group of twenty
14-17 year-old girls. The twenty students were recommended through
the Coalition for Youth Development, which works with area males
and females to reduce gang problems, improve student retention,
and insure the safety of young people. The young women selected
will spend an entire year studying La Chicana, visiting
the CSLA campus, and being introduced to role models like Dr.
Blea, in an attempt to broaden their exposure to various lifestyles
and encourage them to work toward a college degree.
The objective of the curriculum is to teach young women that higher
education can be achieved without abandoning their culture. METAS
is located at 22101 Norwalk Boulevard in Hawaiian Gardens.
For information, call Rosalia Gonzales and Esperanza Vielma at
(213) 344-7581; call Irene I. Blea at (323) 343-2190; or write
to the Department of Chicano Studies, California State University,
Los Angeles, King Hall C3101, 5151 State University Drive, Los
Angeles, California 90032.