One of the highlights in a long list of exciting events this month includes a closing ceremony on Nov. 29, featuring James Ramos, CSUSB alumnus and the first California-born Native American elected to the state Assembly.
“Indian Boarding Schools: Assemblymember James Ramos in Conversation with Robert Levi Jr. and Dr. Daisy Ocampo,” is the title of the next program in the ongoing series. It will be presented at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, on Zoom.
The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars program assists students interested in a doctoral program, while the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program aims to increase the number of doctoral students applying for future CSU faculty positions.
Daisy Ocampo, assistant professor of history, appreciates the diversity at CSUSB and strives to highlight Native American voices on campus.
As a Native American faculty member, Daisy Ocampo (Caz’Ahmo Indigenous Nation of Zacatecas) has made it a priority to have conversations and engage with California Indian people to produce projects oriented toward the needs here.
CSUSB will hold a number of events to honor and celebrate Native American culture, traditions and contributions. This year’s theme echoes last year’s: “Decolonizing Across Communities.”
“Brave Hearts: A Virtual History of Sherman Indian Boarding School,” set to launch on California Indian Day, Friday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., will feature the history of Sherman Indian Boarding School, the students who attended, and its legacy in Native communities.
The panel of activists and community-based scholars will discuss issues ranging from the Los Angeles Police Department, access to translators for indigenous people, the way race shapes the American justice system, the policing of indigenous people across the border and other topics.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this summer that prevented the Trump administration from immediately ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be the focus of the program.