Xicanisma/o and Education: Counter Storytelling and Narratives to Inform Latina/o Student Success

Stephanie Pena, Chalane E. Lechuga

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    Latina/os experience some of the lowest academic outcomes and youth of Mexican-origin are among the most educationally disadvantaged of all Latina/o subgroups. These disparities impact many Latina/o students including our family. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Chicana/o Movement focused on fighting for equality and access to quality education for Chicana/o students. Our parents were among the students who participated in and benefited from this fight. This set their children on the path to educational success. This is the story of how they broke down the educational barriers and set their children up as projectiles that pelted against an inferior educational system and unequal access. Through the lens of critical race theory (CRT) and Latina/o CRT, we use counter storytelling and narratives to demonstrate the parallels between the barriers and facilitators to educational success we experienced and those of Latina/o students. Barriers include socioeconomic hardships and racial discrimination in school. Facilitators include access and opportunities provided through social activism in the Chicana/o Movement, participation in college pipeline programs, mentorship and authentic caring, culturally relevant curriculum, and familism. We provide recommendations for serving and supporting Latina/o students through the educational pipeline.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)300-316
    Number of pages17
    JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


    • Chicano Movement
    • LatCrit
    • academic achievement
    • barriers and facilitators
    • critical race theory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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