Current Graduate Students

2014-2015 Graduate Students

 

   
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Jessica Carrasco

Undergraduate Education: San José State University; BA-Sociology Minor-Mexican American Studies

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: I am interested in creating a program that assists minority student athletes to succeed academically. 

Email: jessicacarrasco08@gmail.com

   
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Cecilia Chavez

Undergraduate Education: San Jose State University; Justice Studies, B.A

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education 

Research Interest: I am very interested in studying the history of students in the educational system. More recently the impact that immigrant students are creating in shaping laws and school curriculum.

Email: cecilia.chavez@sjsu.edu

   
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Alma Cervantes

Undergraduate Education: California State University Monterey Bay; Spanish Language and Literature

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: Youth and gang violence in our communities. What's "The real problem" among our youth that is leading them to make the wrong choices?

Email:  almita08ca@yahoo.com

   
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Viridiana Cisneros

Undergraduate Education: San José State University; BA Spanish

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: My interest is motivated by my belief that there is a need for research on the topics of immigration and public school policy and how it affects Mexican-American communities in the United States.

Email:  Vica_152003@yahoo.com

   
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Lonnie Contreras

Undergraduate Education: San José State University; BA History

Graduate Program Emphasis: Undecided

Research Interest: Currently my research interests are centered around the undaunted courage of Chicanos/as involvement during the Vietnam war as their involvement has been largely ignored and have become the forgotten patriots of our time.

   
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Laura Duenas

Undergraduate Education: California State University East Bay; Sociology

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: My interests related to topics and issues that relate to my personal experience as a MeXicana that comes from a family of immigrant parents and was born and raised in California. i.e. Transnationalism, Immigration, Femicides, possible disconnect/differences between generational gaps.                                                                        

Email: laura.duenas.lopez@gmail.com

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Alicia Garcia

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Davis; Chicana/o Studies & Sociology

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: My research interests are in the recruitment and retention of minority students in higher education institutions.                                                                        

Email: alicia50286@gmail.com

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Rigoberto Garcia

Undergraduate Education: San Francisco State University; B.A. Philosophy & Raza Studies

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: I am interested in doing research around the experiences of gang members in Fresno California. I am also interested in looking at the intersections between philosophy and xican@ studies.                                                               

Email: rigogsantarosa@gmail.com

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Mariana Herrera

Undergraduate Education: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: My research interest are centered around undocumented immigrants in the United States from Mexico who are seeking political asylum.                                                                

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Angelina Loyola

Undergraduate Education: San José State University; BS Sociology

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: I am currently working on a presentation that will focus on the history of Chicana/o Studies in K-12 education, the current political climate that is increasingly criminalizing these instructional practices, and how one Northern California high school is helping Chicana/o youth succeed through it’s “ganas" (desire), comunidad (community), and orgullo (pride)” approach to teaching. This paper will discuss how the inclusion of cultural values and history in teaching practices have had a significant impact on the achievement of Chicana/o students in this same context.                                                                 

Email: sjxicana@gmail.com

   
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Eleazar Martinez

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Davis, Double Major in Anthropology and Chican@ studies B.A.

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: Immigration with focus on the 1.5 generation.

Email: Not available 

   
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Carlos Navarrete

Undergraduate Education: San José State University; Justice Studies

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: Immigration with focus on the 1.5 generation.

Email:

   
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 Yesenia Ramos

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Cruz; Bachelor of Arts, Feminist Studies concentration in Culture, Power, and Representation; Bachelor of Arts, Politics.

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: I am interested in researching queer Chican@ youth and forms of cultural resistance that they utilize to survive. 

Email:  yramos11@gmail.com

   
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Lupe Santoyo

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Berkeley; Sociology with a minor in Education

Graduate Program Emphasis: Comparative Ethnic Studies

Research Interest: My special project looks at the social barriers that prevent educated Latinas with Masters or above, from getting married. 

Email: lupesantoyo06@gmail.com

   
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Isaac Trevino

Undergraduate Education: University of Texas Pan American; English

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: I am interested in two topics the process of racialization and micro-aggressions. 

Email: Navarreteca83@gmail.com

           
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Xtal (Christal) West

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Davis; Chicana/o Studies and African/African American Studies

Graduate Program Emphasis: Policy

Research Interest: I am interested in two topics the process of racialization and micro-aggressions. 

Email: christalm.west@gmail.com

     
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Isidro "Z" Zaragoza, Jr.

Undergraduate Education: University of Oregon; Spanish and Business

Graduate Program Emphasis: Education

Research Interest: My current project investigates how current K-12 school structures influence the internalization of failure among Chicana/o students and how it informs power dynamics among school staff and students; causing a normalized acceptance of systemic inequities, leading to poor school performance and poor graduation rates.

Email: izaragoza44@gmail.com