Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Jacqueline Chavez L&S Arts & Humanities

OaxaCalifornia: Navigating Indigenous Identity and Memory Pathways

Indigenous erasure has been prevalent throughout history affecting the way people choose to identify with their roots. This is a struggle that 1.5 and second-generation Oaxacan-identifying students pursuing post-secondary choose to identify with their indigenous roots. By interviewing Oaxacan students about their experiences growing up and qualitatively analyzing their experiences, I seek to understand the power of storytelling and memory pathways with an emphasis on factors that have led to their identity formation. While some immigrant families tend to preserve their traditions and maternal languages, the intention of retaining their culture is not always met.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you for your generous support of my research project. Your contribution has made it possible for me to explore the rich and diverse experiences of Oaxacan-identifying students in the United States. Your investment in this work is deeply appreciated and I am committed to making the most of this opportunity.
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Major: Global Studies, Spanish Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Journalism
Mentor: Estelle Tarica
Sponsor: Shin Morgan
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