Latinx Youth Activism in the  Willamette Valley

Exhibition Opening October 23, 2021

In this upcoming online exhibition, Guest Curator Israel Pastrana examines the circuitous roots and routes of Latinx youth activism in the Willamette Valley.

On May 19, 2016, over 1,000 students staged a walkout at Forest Grove High School in Oregon. Responding to racially-charged incidents on campus, Latinx students at FGHS used social media to organize the protest and encourage others to participate. By lunch time, thousands of students from across Oregon had walked out in support of #StandUpFG, the hashtag used by Latinx youth activists to represent their movement. This exhibition uses narrative, contemporary artworks, testimonio, and other forms of creative expression to tell the story of #StandUpFG, its connection to the past, and how Latinx youth activism continues to shape our collective futures.


2021 History & Culture Guest Curator

Israel Pastrana (he/him) is a Chicanx historian and educator from the San Diego-Tijuana borderlands. His teaching practice employs place-based pedagogical approaches that center the history and lived experience of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. In 2018, Pastrana worked with student activists to found Portland Community College’s Ethnic Studies program.

A high school pushout, Pastrana is a proud alumnus of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. He earned the B.A. from the University of Oregon and the M.A. from the University of California, San Diego, where he also completed doctoral coursework in History and Ethnic Studies.