Latin@ Advocacy in the Hyphen: Faculty Identity and Commitment in a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Nov. 10, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 6 (November 2010), pages 699 – 717.

In the present study, the authors examine their own experiences as female junior scholars with multicultural backgrounds teaching at the same Hispanic-serving institution.
As education scholars with mixed-heritage families, the authors identify with the commitment to serving Latinos and the number of mixed-heritage people in the USA.

The election of Barack Obama to the US presidency signifies the emergence of mixed-heritage people as a demographic presence in this country.
The research suggests that more understanding is needed about the experiences of mixed-heritage faculty in academia, as well as the ways in which faculty from any background may develop multiple affiliations with cultural communities and pursue professional agendas related to communities that they do not neatly fit into.

Despite this variation in backgrounds and research agendas, the authors share their efforts in advancing Latin@ educational attainment.

Updated: Mar. 02, 2011