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Refereed Journal Articles

Serrano, Uriel, May Lin, Jamileh Ebrahimi, Jose Orellana, Rosanai Paniagua, Veronica Terriquez. (2021). “In Millennial Footsteps: California Social Movement Organizations for Generation Z.” Sociological Perspectives, DOI: 10.1177/07311214211010565

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.

Book Chapters

Turner, David, Uriel Serrano, and Freeden Blume Oeur. (Forthcoming). “Time is on Your Side: Towards an Intersectional Approach to Black Masculinity.” Getting Real About Inequality: Intersections IRL (In Real Life), edited by Cherise Harris and Stephanie McClure. Sage Publications.

Selected Reports

Serrano, Uriel and Veronica Terriquez. 2021. “Transformative Programming for Boys and Young Men of Color: Lessons from Youth Organizing and Leadership Groups.” USC Equity Research Institute. Available at

Serrano, Uriel (in partnership with Learning Support Services). 2020. “Cultivating Equitable Outcomes Through Inclusive Tutoring Services.” UCSC Student Success Equity Research Center. 

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:

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.

Other Publications

“Lessons Learned From the Los Angeles Youth Movement Against The Carceral State” in The Latinx Project’s Intervenxions. Special Issue on Latinx Politics — Resistance, Disruption & Power. 

“The Philadelphia Negro: W.E.B. Du Bois and Community-Based Research” in ASA Sociology of Culture Section Newsletter, Summer 2018, Volume 30, Issue 2.

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