Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal
Social Justice, Critical race theory, Discrimination in education -- United States, Critical pedagogy -- United States
This article utilizes critical race theory counterstorytelling to tell a story about ¡Poder Xicanx!, a Mexican-based student organization at a private, predominantly white university in the Northeast of the United States. Drawing on in-depth interviews, participant observations, pláticas, and document analysis, I document the educational experiences of 20 Mexican/Mexican American/Xicanx (MMAX) undergraduate students who participated in ¡Poder Xicanx!. Specifically, I argue that ¡Poder Xicanx! functions as a counter-space, which is a site or space where MMAX students can challenge stereotypes, deal with racism, and empower one another. Moreover, I also highlight the fact that ¡Poder Xicanx! allows for members to create a home away from home, sustain and practice their cultural ties, and collectively build critical consciousness.
© 2022 Martín Alberto Gonzalez.
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Gonzalez, M. A. (2022). HorCHATa: A Counterstory about a Mexican-based Student Organization as a Counter-space at a Predominantly White University. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 16(1), 22-52.