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State Policies & Servingness


From the episode:

"I think what you see through these three cases or three state contexts are different ways in which institutions center Latinx students, but then, in some ways in which they're starting to think about some of the intersectional identities that students bring…because presenting a single narrative is going to do a disservice to the student population"

Dr. Ishara Casellas Connors (she/her)

Assistant Professor

Texas A&M University

Episode description

In the third episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? we continue talking about policy with a more focused look at state-level policies and how they affect servingness. Our guest Dra. Ishara Casellas Connors is an assistant professor of government & public administration at Texas A&M University. Her research examines the implications of DEI policies for advancing racial equity for minoritized students.


In this episode we talk about how these DEI policies can help or hinder servingness with HSIs. She also talks to us about how these policies allow for or hinder institutions to focus on intersectional servingness, and gives us a sneak preview of her evolving research that center Afro-Latinx students.

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2022, September 19). State Policies & Servingness. (No.3) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?.

Show notes

Casellas Connors, I. (2021). Constructing a monolith: State policy, institutional DEI plans, and the flattening of Latinx identity at Hispanic-serving institutions. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-16.

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