Ethnic Studies as a journey of self-discovery and a better way forward…

About the Instructor

Dr. Ruben Enrique Campos is a Chicano, from Southern California. He has lived in Hawaiʻi since 2009 when he moved here to complete his MA and PhD work in Anthropology. Over the past decade, he has dedicated himself to the Department of Ethnic Studies, fostering diversity and inclusion not only as a part of his teaching philosophy but as  a part of his daily life. This commitment is wholly related to his experiences as Chicano and as a temporary settler in Hawaiʻi, an illegally-occupied, settler-colonial state with a long, complex ethnic history related to its once plantation economy, its ongoing military and tourist industries, and continual resistance by Indigenous Hawaiians.

For inquiries: email recampos@hawaii.edu

Summer 1, 2, and Mid-Summer (ONLINE Asynchronous)

Ethnic Studies, as a journey of self-discovery, helps us to understand who we are, where we come from, and how we might make a better way forward. This course introduces you to core concepts used in the study of racial, ethnic, class, and gender relations in the contexts of colonization and migration. We examine these concepts to understand why social inequalities persist and how these inequalities are distributed across groups.

Rather than using quizzes, tests, or traditional essays to assess learning, this course asks for family reflections, performance, and imaginative applications of anti-racist intervention. So although assessments will require you to know the core concepts of Ethnic Studies, they are more about creatively applying those concepts to scenarios you might actually encounter.

Fulfills general education requirement: DS, HAP

Updated 12/01/2021