The English department supports the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice. As faculty, we acknowledge the role that academic institutions and the discipline of English have played in creating and perpetuating racial inequities in education and in our country. We recognize that our own department, whether intentionally or unintentionally, has contributed to these inequities and are devoted to remedying them by working toward dismantling structural racism, particularly as it affects the Black community.  As a department, we are committed to examining our own unconscious biases, revising our courses to challenge historical inequities in our discipline, and, with intention, engaging the work of Black writers in our courses and department activities. These actions are a starting point, and we are committed to ongoing reflection and continued action toward racial justice. See Cerritos College's Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
The Wife of His Youth by Charles W. Chestnutt
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Be Holding by Ross Gay
Between the World and Me
"Recitatif" by Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Fences by August Wilson

Welcome to the English department home page. Whether you are completing your general education writing requirements, taking a literature or creative writing class for transfer credit, or considering an English major or creative writing certificate, we're here to help you realize your academic goals and achieve success in the completion of an A.A. degree or certificate, or in transfer to a four-year university.

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Need help or have questions? Contact the English department chair:

Ja'net Danielo
Office: LA 232