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ERIC Number: EJ821605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Students Informing Now (S.I.N.) Challenge the Racial State in California without Shame..."SIN Verguenza!"
Educational Foundations, v21 n1-2 p71-90 Win-Spr 2007
On a cold and wet Friday night in January of 2006, thirteen undergraduate students gathered together in a small room on campus at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) to found Students Informing Now (S.I.N.). S.I.N. was created to support the AB 504 students, labeled in this country as "illegal aliens." Inspired by Paulo Freire's philosophy of popular education, the organizers used an activity called "the flower" to develop their organizational mission and vision statement. This article seeks to show how S.I.N. serves as a vehicle that makes it possible for undocumented students to engage in the growing youth-led movement for greater educational access and equity. This article illustrates how S.I.N. works as a safe space, where testimonies and the creation of trust enable SINistas (members of S.I.N.) to speak freely about their experiences without fear of being judged and without shame. Thus, S.I.N. provides a zone of safety, enabling undocumented students to develop a political identity as AB 540 students. Drawing from the work of Latina feminists (e.g., Dyrness, 2006; Villenas, 2001), this article argues that the students' collective political resistance is made possible, in part, because of the personal transformation that occurs within the context of S.I.N. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California