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An Educator's Guide to Orange County Diversity project connects historians, scholars, museums, community organizations, schools, educators, activists, families, and students to the rich, diverse, and inspirational history in Orange County. Over the course of six months educators based in Orange County attended professional development workshops centering exhibits at Heritage Museum of Orange County and joined a cohort to implement and provide feedback for the curriculum from An Educator's Guide to Orange County Diversity. Educators were also connected with authors and local historians with opportunities to invite them to their classrooms, attend field trips, or engaged in other community events. 

This work has been a small part of a larger movement across the nation to contribute to the efforts of responsible information sharing and efforts towards social justice. The aim is to continue learning, collaborating, and building upon this work as we are Building a More Perfect Union

This project has been funded by a grant to National Writing Project from the National Endowment for the Humanities, under Federal Award ID Number ZOR-283604-21, dated 9/5/2021, titled Building a More Perfect Union: Pandemic Recovery Grants for Humanities Organizations. This grant award is funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), and is authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (Public Law 117-2) and 20 U.S.C. §956, et seq. This grant of federal funds falls under Catalog of Federal Domestic  Assistance (CFDA) Number 45.164 Promotion of the Humanities  Public Programs (B). This award is not Research & Development.

Heritage Museum of Orange County logo and website link

A historic Southern California destination.  The centerpiece of the museum, which covers nearly 12 acres in all, is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Among the buildings is the Kellogg House familiar to teachers and students throughout Orange County as a favorite field trip destination for over 30 years.​

​HMOC MISSION STATEMENT: Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages.

Stacy Yung and Virginia Nguyen are history teachers with over 30 years of combined teaching experience. They are leaders in diversity, equity, inclusion, and allyship in Southern California and have trained 1000s of educators. In response to the March 2021 murder of six Asian women, and the increased awareness of anti-Asian hate, they created Educate to Empower. Together they are creating and curating resources and hosting workshops for educators on topics of DEI and AAPI. They believe that educators committed to antiracism can and change the world.

Educate to Empower logo and website link
UCI Libraries logo and website link

The Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center provides training and guidance related to the practice of oral history and historical documentation, rooted in the principles of community-centered archives partnerships. Our team of librarians and staff in the Department of Special Collections & Archives offers consultations, workshops, programming, and research support for the design and implementation of historical documentation, oral history, and preservation projects to empower communities in the process of telling and preserving their own histories.

A People’s Guide to Orange County is an alternative tour guide that documents sites of oppression, resistance, struggle, and transformation in Orange County, California.  Existing guidebooks render invisible the diverse people who have labored there. A People’s Guide to Orange County questions who gets to claim Orange County’s image, exposing the extraordinary stories embedded in the ordinary landscape.

A People's Guide to Orange County Textbook cover and website link
Groundswell logo and website link

Our mission is to bring diverse people together to build a more equitable future.

We envision a world where belonging is co-created and realized by all.

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