phd candidate • socioology and critical race and ethnic studies • asa minority fellow
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 AmericanEducatorsJournal, 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.
Turner, David, Serrano, Uriel, and Freeden Blume Oeur. Forthcoming. “Worthy of Our Time: Towards an Intersectional Approach to Black Masculinity.” Invited chapter for Getting RealAbout 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, and Veronica Terriquez. (Forthcoming). “In Millennial Footsteps: California Social Movement Organizations for Generation Z.” Sociological Perspectives.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Serrano, Uriel. “Towards a Critical Carceral Studies Approach to the Study of Black and Latinx Boys and Masculinity” (Under review)
Serrano, Uriel. “‘Liberation is Just Wholesome, Complete, Intersectional’: An Intersectional Youth Politic as a Collective Action Frame” (Journal article in preparation)
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: https://dornsife.usc.edu/pere/bhc-youth-leadership/