Claiming Home, Shaping Community
296 pages, 6 x 9
22 b&w illustrations
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Release Date:14 Nov 2017
ISBN:9780816537129
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Claiming Home, Shaping Community

Testimonios de los valles

The University of Arizona Press
To offer testimonio is inherently political, a vehicle that counters the hegemony of the state and illuminates the repression and denial of human rights. Claiming Home, Shaping Community shares testimonios from and about the lives of Mexican-origin people who left the rural, agricultural Imperial and San Joaquín Valleys to pursue higher education at a University of California campus.

While symbolically their journeys embody the master narrative of the “American Dream,” Claiming Home, Shaping Community does not echo the “rags to riches” trope reified in dominant culture, but rather, it asserts the need to rehumanize the purpose and heart of education. In each chapter, the narrators illustrate myriad supports that allowed them to move forward on their academic and professional journeys: hard work, affirmative action, inclusionary practices, mentors, and their communities’ cultural wealth. Each trajectory is unique, but put together as a collection, the commonalities emerge.

Denoting a sense of political and social urgency that responds to the current accentuated economic disparities between the haves and the have-nots, these essays illuminate the broader societal benefits of federal legislation and resources for state-funded public higher education and policies that broaden access and resources. By telling their stories, the contributors seek to empower others on their journeys to and through higher education.

Contributors:

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez
Manuel Barajas
Angelica Cárdenas-Chaisson
Gloria H. Cuádraz
Yolanda Flores
Francisco J. Galarte
John J. Halcón
Ester Hernández
Rosa M. Jiménez
Roberto Moreno
José R. Padilla
Enid Pérez
Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
All will be touched and inspired by these testimonios that demonstrate strength, resiliency, and how everything from hard work to affirmative action, mentors, and cultural wealth allowed these individuals to move forward on their academic and professional journeys.'—Dolores Delgado Bernal, co-author of Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students

'These narratives highlight the knowledge, skills, and critical social and political contributions that are further developed by, and are the result of, access to higher education. As education disparities persist, it is critical that these testimonios be shared to provide models of paths toward success.'—Larissa M. Mercado-López, California State University, Fresno
Gloria H. Cuádraz is an associate professor of sociology at Arizona State University. She is a member of the Latina Feminist Group, co-authors of Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios.

Yolanda Flores is an associate professor at the University of Vermont. Her most recent book is The Drama of Gender: Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas.
 
Acknowledgments

Introduction
“All Work Is Honorable”: An Artistic Journey from El Valleto La Bahía
Ester Hernández
Imperial Valley Vignettes: Mosaico de un vivir rural
José R. Padilla
“Nuestro camino es más largo” (Our Journey Is Much Longer): A Testimonio from a Daughter of Mexican Immigrants Turned
Professor in the Academy
Rosa M. Jiménez
Living / Leaving Home: Legacies of History and Multiple Migrations
Yolanda Flores
“Siguiendo adelante”: Inscribing Home Below, At, and Above Sea Level
Gloria H. Cuádraz
The Seeds They Planted
Daniel “Nane” Alejándrez
Transitions: The Dolorous Return of a Chicana/o Trans-Fronterizo
Francisco J. Galarte
Traversing the Unknown: The Making of a Scholar and Mentor
in Higher Education
Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
Hijo de la frontera
Roberto Moreno
“Sewer Girl”: A Journey of Personal and Community Transformation
Enid Pérez
Desert Hues: Reflexiones sobre “una buena educación”
John J. Halcón
Weaving Testimonies of the San Joaquin Valley Fields, Community, and Higher Education: Affirming Knowledge and Justice from the Bottom Up
Manuel Barajas
Shaping Boundaries: From Westmorland to the World of Social Work
Angélica Cárdenas-Chaisson

Epilogue
References
Contributors
Index
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