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Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students

A Critical Race Feminista Praxis

Dolores Delgado Bernal Enrique Alemán Jr. James A. Banks

144 pages
Teachers College Press
This book chronicles a 10-year journey to develop and sustain Adelante, a university–school–community partnership designed specifically to address public education’s failure to meet the needs of students of color, particularly Chicana/o students. The authors examine the persistent barriers, mistakes, challenges, and successes that emerged in their community-based partnership with elementary school students, college students, teachers, parents, and educational leaders. Intertwining critical race theories with Chicana feminist theories, they propose a “critical race feminista praxis” and provide real-world examples of what this praxis can look like in the context of a racialized, gendered, and colonial landscape. The book offers practical advice and theoretical insight to those interested in disrupting pervasive inequities that shape the (mis)education of marginalized students. Book Features: Fills a void about how to engage in activist scholarship by describing concrete strategies and practices employed by the authors. Offers theoretical contributions through the braiding together of critical race and Chicana feminist theories. Proposes a partnership model for working with communities of color that promotes pathways to higher education.
Author Bio
Dolores Delgado Bernal is professor of education and ethnic studies at the University of Utah. Enrique Alemán, Jr., is professor and chair of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Both are cofounders of the Adelante Partnership.