Utah Education Policy Center, Graduate Assistant
University of Utah Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education Leadership and Policy
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Tell me about yourself? (Where are you from? What kind of things you enjoy doing? i.e. sports, dance, music, food, art, movies, reading etc. Share your extracurricular involvement as an undergrad/grad student clubs, programs, community involvement?)

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Sep 25 2018
Hi everyone i'm really i am originally from the area or san fernando in particular it's like in the north part of l a county in california things that i like doing right now i actually love and of and obsessed really with my with my little doggy mellow panchito i call a particle trivia soul which leads to little rum bunch responsible because he's too lazy definitely crazies that police will act like you'd like a six happy he runs around but he's my little guy very protective but my little bun chico other things i like to do is i really enjoy going hiking i've mostly gone to light southern utah or this area i need to get a little bit more towards more than utah area and i packed with northern northern part i really want to go to yellowstone i haven't been there yet um and so i wanted to all these different things actually around nature and how he gets a great piece dresser and really way to get in touch with nature in yourself right um i actually in the copy shop's a lot i go and i go to write i goto hang out with friends for pick me ups just re coffee or whatnot on that's just something i'll do like on every other day or whatnot or sometimes i'll just chill at home and write from home i just thought of press and i'm absolutely in love with it just so that it always been that much money at coffee shops right um i also like watching distracting telly show like candles on jane the virgin um things like that and its cord i'm cooking show i love cooking i like trying new things when i'm cooking i have absolutely love baking but when it comes to cooking shows i could actually hours on hand although i try not to baking is something that i do a lot and it's question ater her but it's also really nice to be writing on to smell something baking it's just great anyway as an undergrad i was a lot involved in a lot of community programming specifically with you in different on schools they was also involved with macha. Macha was like the center of my undergraduate experience i was involved at the state of all at the national level and of course the campus level it was just something that in lady and really got me thinking more critically about, um, society i feel like i came in from k twelve so blinded too life is so blinded to what our society was really like. I never really left l a area too much. It was really where for you to go to other places. So what ? I moved up to central california, it was a whole new experience and being a part of meta really kind of aah! Help me transition on dh made lifelong friends who are still in contact with today though we're all in different parts of the country um i really helped me become passionate about social change and have a reason to be passionate about it i was involved in a lot of service learning activities so specifically i did a lot of service learning in schools and after school grass ah i did them at different resource centers in the community i also i minored in service learning which is why i took a lot of service learning classes but i also was was a discerning leader so i would go to different service only class the rooms on dh whole different activities around service learning on rin a challenge this overwhelming ideology in service learning that says when university students the committees or somehow superiority that's the service learning students go in with so i would challenge that notion of superiority to really think about committee and like working with community listening to community and being a part of a community verses going in just to do service or just to volunteer and then when the community a lot right ? So those were some of the things i did as an undergrad at as a graduate student event would be involved as much as i would like to mostly because of writing, writing writing can be a very solitary process and that's problematic i know but it's hard when you're you know you're trying to graduate ah, but i have evolved in different schools here in the local area, specifically, jackson elementary have done a lot of work. They're my graduate assistant ship was with a diversity scholars program for five years. It's, just absolutely one of my favorite things ever. And then i tried to show my face on different events, to support, to support the students and to see what is what's going on here on campus. And so, uh, that's, what i liked really would like to be involved. More, but it's. Hard to do that with my current schedule. Ah, but i still in very much about being in the community, working with communities and challenging these notions of superiority when people are out doing work in the community. So, yeah.

What is your educational background and career trajectory and how did you end up there?

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Sep 25 2018
So my educational background on career trajectory so as i mentioned i'm from northern l a county san fernando mccoy mma on dh my school's k twelve were very very segregated in fact did not attend a school that wass less than ninety a latina latino lefty necks until i went to college so that in a way that was really cool because my high school's had mariachi we have political we had all these different things but there was still this layer of access to college to different various programming that my school what didn't have for example my chemistry class because i wanted to you know take chemistry but my scolded and offered chemistry so one of my science teachers got a group of students who wanted to take st and in his biology class which was a class of thirty five students he sat us eight students so adding on that's like what forty three students he at he put us eight in the back of the classroom unable and whenever he had a break he would go to the back of the class to teach us chemistry and for the class was he was learning biology s o that's just kind of an example of the type of access that we had at my school even though part of you know los angeles unified school district the money just wasn't there and we didn't have a lot of access to really much of anything the only ap classes that were offered were a pekka and spanish those were the only ap classes offer to us so access just it wasn't there right and that really kind of informed my questions around how racism and racist native ism influence education policy ah but anyway i went to colonise state university monterey bay as an undergrad this school was thirty six percent latino latino letty necks and it was considered an h is a hispanic serving institution so that was really cool because you know we had some latina lethality necks chicano chicano chicken it's a fact ity i'm not as much as we would have liked to see but i mean there with um we had a lot of programming but if there was also programming for other organizations and we had built with meta we built this really cool coalition with other student organizations of color which is good because they see similar things here in utah and to know that this was happening in california and something so similar it's happening here in utah is really poor because when i moved to utah head off questions around well would um programming for students of color actually looked like i was quite surprised when when i got here as an under graduate i left school after my fourth year i wasn't anywhere near graduating at the same time my mom was sick she had lost her job and so i was like, okay, i'm going to go home. We're going to help out for us and that's there. And welcome back. Well, you know, the story that one semester turns into a couple years. Um, and then i ended up going back to school because it just i felt like something was missing predominantly. And what it was that i was in what was working. And i just wanted more. And you felt like knowing that i was on ly one in my family to start an undergraduate to ricotta college and didn't finish like. There was a lot there to me that was like okay i need to set a path for my needs of the nephews right for the kids in my family like i need to be the one to show them that there's there is access because like i mentioned and um around the schools they're not that great on dh so i decided to go back to school i needed to re apply because had already passed by reapplied beckett went back to monterey bay finished after a year and a half right after this was in twenty twelve and so right after that i immediately moved to utah to start my master's degree in education, culture and society on that as a master student i was really impressed on surprise that there were as there were students of color here in utah leaves that's kind of like how i was feeling at that time cause like e c s education culture and society had a fair amount of students of color and our cohort and then i was working with the diversity scholars program so i was constantly always around students of color but when i grabbed twenty fourteen and i switched departments to start my phd educational leadership and policy was when i really it really hit me like just exactly what it meant to be a student of color in a predominantly white into two i had that we had a cold heart about fifteen on dh half well only people of the students me and one other student were students of color within that and it was really difficult because they the mid from then on he um i kind of like we're predominantly the white students on dh my notion or my understanding of it is to be at a p w y shifted because before i knew it was that one and of course i felt like i was one of student color when i was in specific areas of campus but at this point it was just a different feeling of being the only one in one of your classes just cutting topics like race and racism and and that becomes really difficult right um but it's stephanie informed how i teach now so i'm teaching a little bit at different schools and you know and one of us is that i teach i'm the only person of color in a classroom of all white students and these past couple of weeks we've been deconstructing race and racism and segregation schools and how policy influences educational trajectories and it's been rough you know it's been exhausting when i leave class but i know that these air being sat i had i guess i have to build up on how to do it if this is a field that i want to go into writes about how race and racism influence of just influences educational trajectories so i am in my last year of the phd i am in the process of writing my dissertation and my dissertation focuses on the utah policy of h b one forty four, which is our mom resident tuition policy or qualified undocumented students to receive in state tuition. And my dissertation is really taking a look at how the policy is being implemented and had a reading the policy. And what does it mean for institutional actors too, say they're allies versus actually be allies and be inclusive and work towards equity within their position. You through policy of h b one forty four and so that's it, my educational background on dh, my trajectory that i may not. Hopefully by the time i graduated, i will be having a tenure track position. That's the goal right now i don't know where the universe is going to take me. I'm shooting to hopefully be on an institution that competitive and the ams i a minority serving institution because nothing is better than being inside a classroom with plenty of students of color, especially talking about those lived experiences so that both of my goal

What are your passions? And what informs that?

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Sep 25 2018
So some of my passions include going back home to l a i absolutely love being able to go home and spent with my family that's really the reason why i go when i go home to allay like when i go home did he ever do any like i hardly ever see my friends or do any type of thing or go out places specifically because i want to be there and be with my family uh i usually go home and stay with my grand parents and visit and spend a lot of time with my nieces and nephews my little ones who mean the world to me so that's them there between ages leader the youngest at least and they're between the ages of one on dh ten and then the baby was the youngest of them all octavio he is one years old and it hurts me so much because like i can't be home right now to be with him you know which were all kidding aside from beach where all the other ones right like i've always been there for him growing up as a lead to the first couple of years and for the older ones they understand why i'm not home but in every talk with them too still away that's in whether you come hole dea ah so it's hard it's really hard to be away from home so my passion definitely it's family on going home and being with family i love teaching i loved working with kids and educational equity is definitely a passion of mine but specifically working with students of color working with students from historically marginalized backgrounds is something very important to me which is really why i want teo hopefully work at a minority serving instant in the near future because for me like that working being a student of color myself being a first generation student um knowing just how important it is to set that path um and knowing how important it is when my nieces and in my chambers and my kids that i work with are like oh wow you're doing this you're doing that like can i do that just recently andre the classes that i teach we did a reading ah from gloria ladson billings which went over how after brown versus board blot ah black and african american teachers lost their job and at educational administrator and so you had this desegregation happening ah but black and brown youth we're not seeing teachers that looked like them because they had all lots or jobs and so then you turn it that they're not really wanting specifically black and african american students in this article not wanting to nd a channel field because they don't see themselves in any educational positions on dh the student getting this article all white students were very like they didn't take it very well and they you know they didn't want to it's lige that a lot of times people of color don't want to enter the education profession because they don't see themselves in it, and it was really hard for me, and that was my experience, right ? Like growing up, i want to be a teacher, because i never felt over enough. Ah, but here i am now in the field of education, teaching teachers and and it's not to be presumptuous, but it is to say that it took a lot for me to enter the field of education, and because i have this big passion for educational equity and for supporting students who want to go into the field of education. Um, and and i know firsthand experience, i mean, this conversation that i had with didn't happen this week, right ? That there's still pushed back cores understanding with educational equity, and that it should exist, and that they're still pushed back towards realizing why there's such a low amount of people over in the field of education ? And i think that is really one of my biggest passion is for creating that space and access and challenging, um, race and racism in education policy and in access for students, okay, so a body, and then that shell i look forward to meeting you and sharing space with you soon hire i