The People's Coalition
The People’s Coalition (TPC) at University of California, Irvine, is a grassroots social justice group that organized during the George Floyd protests in response to the anti-Blackness and systemic racism present in organizations across the United States. TPC is open to all and includes students, staff, faculty, and researchers who are developing different initiatives focused on making long-term structural changes at the School of Education. If you are interested in joining TPC's efforts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2021 Updates
Here are some updates regarding what we have accomplished in the 2020-21 school year. Updated March 2021.
- The Undergraduate Student Support Hub
- Developed a mentorship program where graduate students support undergraduate students in scholarship and mental health. It currently includes 8 mentors and 25 mentees.
- Awarded an IDEA grant from SoE/Dr. Liz Peña to support the development of the mentorship program.
- Collaborating with ASUCI undergraduate senators to develop the hub into a campus-wide space that highlights the SoE and uses our model of a graduate student-led resource center that supports undergraduates.
- Hosted 6 workshops for undergraduates led by graduate students that focused on topics such as graduate school and mental health.
- Hired a DREAM fellow who moderates workshops, assists with other hub tasks, and TPC efforts including the Summer Learning Institute.
- The Anti-Racism Clinic
- Organized 2 workshops with the California Conference for Equity and Justice, one during PhD orientation and another school-wide in winter quarter.
- Planning the summer learning institute (more information below).
- Developing learning spaces for the following school year focused on social justice (e.g., affinity groups with critical race theory readings).
- Developing literature and resources on racism and anti-Blackness, including terminology.
- The Summer Learning Institute
- Collaborating with CFEP to create a program that has relevant impact for all students involved that can lead to structural changes within the School of Education that support community K-12 students and the SoE students.
- The Critical Race Theory Conference
- Planning the first conference for fall 2021. The call for proposals (draft completed) will be sent out by the end of the school year.
- Members from TPC have been involved and active participants in SoE’s Climate Council, Steering Committee, DECADE, and social justice workshops in order to give back and contribute to SoE’s own goals of dismantling institutionalized forms of racism.