Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Serrano, Uriel. 2020. “‘Finding Home’: Campus Racial Microclimates and Academic Homeplaces at a Hispanic-Serving Institution.” Race Ethnicity and Education, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2020.1718086

Students do not uniformly feel welcome in university environ- ments, and their experiences vary across race. Drawing on 19 interviews with Black and Latino men at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, this study demonstrates that participants perceive the campus racial climate at the organizational level differently. However, perceptions and experiences in microclimates converge and are informed by the lack of Black and Latinx faculty, the underrepresentation of Black students, and experiences with racial microaggressions. This study bridges prior research on microclimates and campus racial climates to advance the concept of campus racial microclimates. I also introduce the concept of academic homeplaces, which are campus racial microclimates that foster a sense of community and affirmation.

Serrano, Uriel, Vazquez, Andrea, Meneses-Samperio, Raul and Mattheis, Allison. 2018. “Symbolic Sanctuary and Discursive Dissonance: Limitations of Policy and Practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions.” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 12 (3), 169-190.

An increase in public expressions of xenophobic and racist nativist sentiments followed the election of the 45th president of the United States, and higher education institutions across the country issued statements proclaiming their support for students impacted by changes to federal immigration policy. Guided by García’s (2017) organizational typology of HSIs and critical policy studies (Diem, Young, Welton, Mansfield & Lee, 2014), we conducted a content analysis of messages distributed via campus-wide email that addressed the vulnerabilities of DACA recipients and other immigrant students at two Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California. Our examination of these messages as policy documents reveals how campus and university-system leaders—even in a so-called “Sanctuary State”—attempt to create a notion of “campus as sanctuary” rather than committing to “sanctuary campus” policies and practices. We conclude with recommendations that push the notion of sanctuary campus beyond symbolic gestures and ask practitioners, scholars, and educators to reflect on the practices that foster true sanctuary environments.

Forthcoming Manuscripts

Turner, David, Serrano, Uriel, and Freeden Blume Oeur. Forthcoming. “Worthy of Our Time: Towards an Intersectional Approach to Black Masculinity.” Invited chapter for Getting Real about Inequality: Intersections IRL (In Real Life), edited by Cherise Harris and Stephanie McClure. Sage Publications.

Serrano, Uriel,  May Lin, Jamileh Ebrahimi, Jose Orellana, Rosanai Paniagua, Veronica Terriquez. (Forthcoming). “In Millennial Footsteps: California Social Movement Organizations for Generation Z.” Sociological Perspectives.

This article highlights main themes that emerged from our panel featuring youth organizers and scholars of youth social movements in California. We focus on how organizations uplift youth leadership, foster queer inclusivity, build across racial difference, and cultivate “beloved community,” a concept popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our organizations address the root causes of inequities that threaten low-income communities of color,  while adapting to adapting to contemporary challenges by proposing new modes of social change. For example, youth-centered leadership has long been at the crux of youth organizing; meanwhile, “healing” has increasingly emerged as a prominent aspect of youth organizations devoted to social change. This article thus summarizes our panel’s insights about youth organizing across California. 

Manuscripts in Preparation

Serrano, Uriel (to be submitted to Sociology Compass). “Towards a Critical Carceral Studies Approach to the Study of Black and Latinx Boys and Masculinity”

Serrano, Uriel.  “‘Type of Movement We Gon’ Need A Change:’ Black and Latinx Youth Activism and Intersectionality”

Selected Reports

Serrano, Uriel and David Turner (in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design). 2020. “The 2019 Sons and Brothers Camp: Healing and Youth Empowerment.” Prepared for The California Endowment.

Terriquez, Veronica, Nicole White, May Lin, and Uriel Serrano. 2018. “Expanding the Youth Leadership Pipeline: A Summary of Research from Youth Organizing in Southern California.” Prepared for the Weingart Foundation.

Terriquez, Veronica and Uriel Serrano. 2018. “A Beloved Community: Promoting the Healing, Well-being, and Leadership Capacities of Boys and Young Men of Color.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at:

Terriquez, Veronica, Leslie Renteria, and Uriel Serrano. 2018. “Youth and Community Well-Being in Mid-City Community Advocacy Network.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at:

Terriquez, Veronica, Ruben Espinoza, Uriel Serrano, and Ana Mendoza. 2017. “Youth and Community Well-Being at MILPA.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at:

Serrano, Uriel and Veronica Terriquez. 2016. “Youth Civic Engagement and Community Well-Being in Santa Ana.” USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. Available at:

Book Reviews

Serrano, Uriel. 2019. Invited review of Jones, N., “The Chosen Ones: Black Men and The Politics of Redemption.” Social Forces.

Serrano, Uriel. 2018. Review of Sojoyner, Damien M., “First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles.” H-Citizenship, H-Net Reviews.