#StandUpFG Educator’s Talk: Latinx Youth Activism in the Classroom

Latinx Youth Activism in the Classroom with Israel Pastrana

This virtual event took place on August 9, 2021.


About this Event

On May 19, 2016, over 600 students staged a walkout at Forest Grove High School in response to racially-charged incidents on campus. 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.


Questions about memory and public space, history, politics, and art have become particularly vital in recent years. Oregon museums and cultural organizations have collaborated to support educators across disciplines and grade levels by curating this resource guide and hosting a series of online and in-person programs on how to integrate into your teaching the question: “How do we use public space to remember?”


In this live and recorded session, Israel Pastrana, 2021 history and culture guest curator at Five Oaks Museum and PCC History professor, shares about the upcoming museo ambulante (walking museum) and how to connect with Latinx youth activism in the classroom. Recommended for grades 6-12. Oregon Connection.


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.

View powerpoint slides here.

View recording below.