Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
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.
FSerrano, Uriel and May Lin. “In Millennial Footsteps: Generation Z’s High School Student Movements.” Sociological Perspectives Special Issue.
This article highlights main themes that emerged from our panel featuring youth organizers and scholars of youth social movements in California. Although all groups represented on the panel organize low-income youth of color across the state, they also offer collective and varied expertise with respect to geography, issue areas, and demographics. We highlight 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. Youth organizing groups’ efforts to address the root causes of inequities that threaten to devastate low-income communities of color build on legacies of youth-led movements, while also creatively adapting to contemporary challenges and proposing new modes of social change. For example, youth-centered leadership has long been at the crux of youth organizing, while “healing” has assumed relatively new prominence in these groups. This article thus offers a glimpse into the rich landscapes of youth organizing in California, including its history, present, and future directions.
Serrano, Uriel. “‘Finding Home’: Campus Racial Microclimates and Academic Homeplaces at a Hispanic Serving Institution.”Race Ethnicity and Education
Students do not uniformly feel welcome in university environments, 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.