This project studies the use of independent newspapers, community theater, and independent Chicana/o colleges by activists to educate their community. Geographically, this study is placed in the Southwest states of New Mexico, Texas, and California. Using the theoretical frameworks of Southwest Borderlands Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education, this project contextualizes the historical racial power dynamics of U.S. takeover in the Southwest region that influence oppressive educational practices, and the challenge to those institutions by the alternative educational activism among Chicanx communities.
Activists employed ingenuity to provide educational materials to their communities when they needed them the most. These activists filled the role that educational institutions failed to meet with Mexican descent communities by providing culturally relevant and politically conscious education. Furthermore, this project introduces a new element to the narrative of educational activism among Mexican-descent communities by focusing on grassroots, non-institutional, and non-traditional educational strategies and mediums.
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First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Chicana/o, Chicana/o education, newspapers, theater, independent college
Santos, Moises. "Alternative Chicanx Educational Activism in the U.S. Southwest, 1935–1975." (2022). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/308