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​​​​DePaul University Critical Ethnic Studies Statement of Solidarity and Fight for Black Lives 

We write this statement of sound heart and mind towards what each of us are experiencing this week. We write as a collective with the understanding of how you feel and how you are currently being impacted, because we, like so many others, are impacted too. We write this for Breonna, George, Tony, Nina, Sean and countless others whose names have and have not been uttered and in honor and memory of the Black lives lost to the inequality of this country, taken by COVID and abandoned by the state. Remembering that our first recorded death to the virus in Chicago was a Black disabled woman, Patricia Frieson. We will not forget her, and we connect her life all the way to that of George Floyd.

Over the past decade, our nation has witnessed a further intensive form of injustice that impacts the lives of Black folks at an alarming rate. These injustices come in the form of increased police brutality, vigilantism, racism, ableism, transphobia, state sanctioned violence, imprisonment and so on. They are not new, they were just renamed. These injustices perpetually affect every channel of Black people's lives and they are impossible to ignore. It seems as if every day, Black Lives Matter seems more and more crucial to the critical and necessary transformative work needed in our world. And every day we are reminded of the legacy slavery, white supremacy and anti-blackness have perpetuated in our cities and communities.

Today, we remain in the midst of a public health crisis, and more specifically a state of emergency for all Black Lives; specifically Black poor folks, Black Trans and Queer folks, Black women, and Black people with disabilities. And while there are faint whispers of justice, we still grieve the lives lost and the lives having to live day to day in fear and rage. On Saturday May 30, 2020, protests engulfed cities around the world demanding justice for the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Sean Reed by the hands of police. In days that have followed, we have witnessed a moment in history that will shape the course of where we are going. We cannot trust leadership from this country nor from this presidency. We cannot trust leadership from within the academy or in public offices. We must trust the people on the ground and in the community fighting for their lives and their right to be seen as human. This leaves us to our own devices of our own passions and love for another, for our Black siblings, to claim justice for our fallen and for the living.

We call all of you to action. This comes in the form(s) of protest, petitions, donations, bail funds, volunteering, writing, and quite honestly anything that will center the lives of Black people, while reimagining a more just and equitable world. We ask this kindly, but urgently. It is these times of the highest and most blunt acts of violence that determine the outcomes of our actions. This moment will be defined by us, for us. 

The fight for Black Lives must and will continue. The abolishment of prisons and police is happening and it will only grow stronger. DePaul University’s Critical Ethnic Studies graduate students are committed to doing the work through a racial and transformative justice framework and equity lens rooted in black/queer/transnational feminism both in the classroom and on the ground with and for our communities. This moment is critical and may very well cost you your comfort and complacency. But to resist is to persist in the fight for liberation. We hope to see you there. We will get there-- together.

In Solidarity and Fight, 
Critical Ethnic Studies Graduate Students 
Darius Parker, CES Graduate Student Representative and CES MA class of 2020
Michael Rangel, MSW, CES MA class of 2020
Zerrin Bulut, CES MA class of 2020
Jane Baron, CES Certificate MA Student and MA student Social and Cultural Foundations in Education
Katy Komarchuk, CES MA Student
Nicole Murayama Nir, CES MA Student

Critical Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee and Affiliated Faculty
Laura Kina, Vincent de Paul Professor Art, Media, & Design and Director Critical Ethnic Studies
Beth S. Catlett, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Kaveh Ehsani, Assistant Professor International Studies
Laila Farah, Associate Professor Women's & Gender Studies
Maria J. Ferrera, Associate Professor Department of Social Work
Dustin Bradley Goltz, Professor College of Communication
Horace Hall, Associate Professor Human Development, Teacher Education, and Doctoral Program
Valerie C. Johnson, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Political Science
Bill Johnson Gonzalez, Associate Professor Department of  English
Amor Kohli, Associate Professor and Chair Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies
Jacqueline Lazú, Associate Professor Modern Languages, Associate Dean, LAS
Anne Mitchell, Term Faculty Women’s and Gender Studies
Julie E. Moody-Freeman, Director Center for Black Diaspora and Associate Professor African & Black Diaspora Studies
Heather Montes Ireland, Assistant Professor Women’s and Gender Studies
Jesse Mumm, Professional Lecturer Latin American and Latino Studies, Community Service Studies
Lori Pierce, Associate Professor African and Black Diaspora Studies
Francesca T. Royster, Professor Department of English
Ann Russo, Vincent de Paul Professor Women’s and Gender Studies and Director Women’s Center
Shailja Sharma, Professor and Director Refugee & Forced Migration Studies
Carolina Sternberg, Associate Professor and Chair Latin American and Latino Studies
Lourdes Torres, Vincent de Paul Professor Latin American and Latino Studies 
Ryan Masaaki Yokota, Instructor Department of History

Upcoming Events 

Stay tuned for upcoming online events hosted and co-sponsored by Critical Ethnic Studies. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates @CESDePaul.​

Fall 2020 Courses 

Flyer with 2020 CES Fall Courses

DePaul Global Asian Studies Webinar 


Public Education In a Gentrifying City with Sarah Karp 

Flyer for Public Education in a Gentrifying City

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem: Being Young and Muslim in America

Flyer for Moustafa Bayoumi Event

Pidgeon Pagonis, A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Intersex People Fight Back 

Flyer for Pidgeon Pagonis event


An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib in Conversation with Dr. Francesca T. Royster and Nina Wilson 

Flyer of Hanif Abdurraqib event


Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War 

Flyer for Ronak K. Kapadia Event


Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa 

Flyer of Past Akemi Johnson Event


Graduate Research Presentations


In the Thick: Youth Activism

youth activism

Before We Call Out

before we call out

Global Asian Studies: Inaugural Faculty-Student Research Colloquium


The Work of Violence: Inside Central America's Shadow Economies

The Work of Violence, Inside Central America's Shadow Economies

Queer Revolt: LGBTQ+ Studies Conference

queer revolt

Native Country of the Heart with Cherrie Moraga

cherrie moraga

Blackness and the Gnawa Guinbri: From Concealment to Exhibition

Blackness and the Gnawa Guinbri: From Concealment to Exhibition

Weaving the Maps: Tales of Survival and Resistance

weaving the maps

The Politics of Intersectionality

politics of intersectionality

UIC STudent Strike: Student Labor Struggles in the Age of Corporate Universities

UIC student strike

Making All Black Lives Matter

Making All Black Lives Matter

Feminist Intersectional Activism in a Dangerous Time

feminist intersectional activism

Care Work in the Apocalypse

Care Work in the Apocalypse

Political Economies of Transpacific Supply Chains


The Politics of Intersectionality 

politics of intersectionality

Information Session

Wednesday, November 14
Lincoln Park Welcome Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
6:00-7:00 PM
Register here.

Making Our Way as Motherscholars in the Academy: Decolonizing Pinay Motherhood


Joint Open House with the Department for Latin American and Latino Studies and Center for Latino Research


Brightness of Noon: Intersect, Immigration, and Refugees Screening & Panel

October 17, 2018
DePaul Student Center
2250 N Sheffield Ave
Room 314AB

Brightness of Noon Film Trailer
Register here.


Fall Graduate Open House


Thursday, October 11th
LPC Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

Life or Death, Freedom or Prison: Domestic Violence Truths & Consequences


Visual Asian American Art Museum Launch Party & Panel

October 3, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
DePaul Art Museum
935 West Fullerton Avenue



Immigration, Family, & Sexuality


Wednesday, September 19th
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.





RSVP to Spring 2018 Graduation


Thursday, May 10, 2018
05:00 PM-07:00 PM
DePaul University - Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

You’re invited to learn how DePaul University can help you achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Join us at our Graduate Open House and meet with faculty and staff from 10 of our graduate colleges and schools. You will receive an application fee waiver by attending.

TEDx DePaul University: REIMAGINE

Tuesday May 1, 2018
1:00-5:00 PM
2250 N. Sheffield Ave

whitney spencer tedx

Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: Crossing Boundaries

Critical Ethnic Studies MA student, Muriel Dorsey-Johnson will be presenting “When Time Runs Out: Love, Freedom, & Futures in Death” 7:15-8:15pm in room 316.


Interfaith Dialogue and Relations Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: A Case Study of Post-Communist Albania

Thursday, April 12, 2018
McGowan South 108
1110 West Belden



Tuesday, March 6th at 6-8pm
Arts & Letters Room 103
2315 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60614


Building Towards Freedom


Free Cece Flyer

Maya Chinchilla

Poet Maya Chinchilla reading, discussion, and workshop at DePaul

Critical Ethnic Studies Graduation Celebration


Imprints of Revolution: Book Reading and Celebration with Professor Lisa B. Y. Calvente

Calvente Flyer

On Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 we hosted a book reading and celebration! Professor Lisa B. Y. Calvente's brand new book has been released! Imprints of Revolution: Visual Representations of Resistance, for which Professor Calvente served as co-editor, was published in May 2016. Imprints of Revolution "explores the visual ways in which the concept of revolution is appropriated through public images across the globe using a diverse range of case studies."

Mele Murals Film Screening and Q&A with Director Tadashi Nakamura

Mele Murals Flyer

On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, we hosted Tadashi Nakamura, the director of Mele Murals. We conducted a film screening and talk back with Tadashi Nakamura. Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians.

Sanctuaries in Practice

Sanctuaries in Practice Event Flyer

In the wake of the election and a rising tide of exclusionary and white supremacist politics, we take seriously very real threats to the undocumented, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and more broadly all women and people of color. On January 25th, 2017 the Critical Ethnic Studies hosted a panel of leaders and activists who represent and organize for those targeted for their race, sex, religion, sexuality, gender identity, ability, and documentation status.

Featured Panelists:
Rachel Caidor, Love & Protect, formerly The Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander
Emmanuel Garcia, Journalist and LGBTQ leader, Vives Q
Sufyan Sohel, Esq., Deputy Director and Counsel, Council on American Islamic Relations Chicago
Tania Unzueta, Policy Director for Mijente and organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportations
Dr. Roderick Ferguson, UIC

Dr. Roderick Ferguson October 26th, 2016
Dr. Roderick Ferguson Speaking at DePaul, October 26, 2016

The Landscape and the Room: A Journey into the Bookshop of the Black Queer Diaspora

On October 26th, 2016, Dr. Roderick Ferguson, Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, delivered a lecture to the Critical Ethnic Studies Program. Watch a video of Dr. Ferguson's lecture.

East LA Interchange Film Screening and Director Talk

East LA Event Flyer

On January 14th, 2016 Critical Ethnic Studies hosted director Betsy Kalin and screened her new film East LA Interchange. Documenting the impact of the interchange construction on the Boyle Heights neighborhood, a community of immigrants, the film explores the shifting face of the community in light of the construction.