"Under that umbrella, there is a hierarchy of racial hierarchy that persists as a result of colonization of Latin America, and so I think a lot of times when people think about Latino or Latina or Latinx identity, dominant narratives tend to persist."
Dra. Gabriela Kovats Sánchez
In this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? I talk to Dra. Gabriela Kovats Sánchez who is a Faculty Scholar for the Native Resource Center at San Diego State University and lecturer for the department of American Indian Studies. She offers a wealth of knowledge as she works at the nexus of research and praxis in her formal roles within the university and voluntary roles in the community. Her research focuses on the experiences of diasporic Indigenous Latinx students and nuances the way we think about Latinidad. Her research, pedagogies, and community engagement are deeply tied to her long-time involvement with and for Ñuu Savi/Mixtec communities in California, and she offers us guidance and advice for being intentional in our work with Indigenous students at HSIs.
Kovats Sánchez, G. (2018). Reaffirming Indigenous Identity: Understanding Experiences of Stigmatization and Marginalization among Mexican Indigenous College Students. Journal of Latinos and Education. 1–14.
Kovats Sánchez, G. (2021). “If we don’t do it, nobody is going to talk about it”: Indigenous Students Disrupting Monolithic Notions of Latinidad at Hispanic Serving Institutions. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Open Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/23328584211059194
Herrera, F. & Kovats Sánchez, G. (2022). Curando La Comunidad [Healing the Community]: Community-Centered STEM Identity. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/15381927211069543
Steinman, E. & Kovats Sánchez, G. (2021). Magnifying and Healing Colonial Trauma in Higher Education: Persistent Settler Colonial Dynamics at the Indigenizing University. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.