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ERIC Number: EJ857387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Latina "Testimonios": A Reflexive, Critical Analysis of a "Latina Space" at a Predominantly White Campus
Flores, Judith; Garcia, Silvia
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v12 n2 p155-172 Jul 2009
Judith Flores and Silvia Garcia (University of Utah) draw from the work of their mentor, Rina Benmayor and "Telling to live: Latina feminist testimonios" to establish an organization for Latinas who are staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members at a predominantly White institution (PWI). Critical race feminism (CRF), Latina/o critical theory (LatCrit), and foundational work from US Third World feminists, informed the need to create a space where Latinas could discuss issues such as body image, language, sexual orientation, how to navigate academia, mentorship, genealogy, epistemologies, immigration status, and educational backgrounds among others. Flores and Garcia write about the need for the formation of a "Latina space". They evaluate the impact of this space where experiential knowledge is fostered and nurtured. The authors accentuate on the benefits and areas for improvement to strengthen the Latinas Telling "Testimonios" (LTT) group as it evolves in its third year. Flores and Garcia argue that when students and scholars of color are the minority on PWIs, a way of coping with issues of alienation and isolation is by "testifying", bearing witness and telling their "testimonios" in order to succeed at a predominantly White campus, especially as women of color. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah