This qualitative thesis is a Muxerista story about the formation of a womxn’s circle in Compton, California, and the power of their collective efforts in creating an Ethnic Studies Now campaign that is rooted in transformational and radical love. As research has failed to include the voices of Womxn of Color, this thesis was a way to center and make space for their collective stories. The theoretical frameworks that guided this study were Latina/o Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) and Chicana Feminist Epistemology (CFE). Moreover, the methodology that guided my analysis of the research, Muxerista portraiture, is closely related to these theoretical frameworks. Using Muxerista portraiture was a way to disrupt traditional methods of conducting research, as it allowed for me to recognize the muxeres and former/current members of Ethnic Studies Now Compton as creators of knowledge. During my analysis I recognized that it was critical to first introduce individual portraitures of each collaborator as there were many life events that led them to be a part of either the womxn’s circle and/or Ethnic Studies Now Compton. The final portrait was of their collective and personal experiences in the womxn’s circle and/or Ethnic Studies Now Compton. Throughout this thesis, I included my voice because as the portraitist, it was important for me to be in conversation with the collaborators of this study. This thesis study addressed the importance of having love, cariño (care), and respect for one another in order to build healthy relationships with ourselves and with our community. Lastly, it revealed how Ethnic Studies Now Compton is connected to a larger movement in education and overall, humanity.
|Commitee:||Osuna, Steven, Benitez, Juan M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ethnic studies, Sociology, Womens studies, Epistemology, Adult education, Latin American Studies|
|Keywords:||Compton, Grassroots, Migration as strength, Muxerista portraiture, Compton, California, Women's circle, Women of Color|
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