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HSI Consciousness in the Borderlands


From the episode:

"So institutions might land on a spectrum between being like, ambivalent of their HSI identity, and then being conscious. When I spoke to faculty members, I found out that it really wasn't that simple. And I was using org culture, but I was also bringing in feminist theory, and the theory around borderlands, and it made me sort of push against what I was doing, which was like creating a duality, this Western duality between conscious and not conscious of the HSI designation. And so this is kind of where, even like my border consciousness comes into play, because it reminded me to embrace the in between, to embrace the liminal spaces."

Dra. Cynthia D. Villarreal (she/her/ella)

Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University

Episode description

This episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? features Dra. Cynthia D. Villarreal, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. She is a fronteriza studying the borderlands of higher education, HSIs, organizational culture, equity in decision-making, and Chicana feminisms in higher education. Dra. Villarreal is a storyteller and uses countertestimonios to critique and transform higher education. In this episode we talk about faculty hiring experiences at HSIs, HSI consciousness, and the path to servingness conocimiento.

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2023, March 5). HSI Consciousness in the Borderlands. (No.207) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?.

Show notes  


Villarreal, C. D. (2022). Servingness in the Borderlands: A study of faculty hiring at a Hispanic-Serving Institution on the border. AERA Open, 8(1), 1-12.

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