I received a B.S. in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign where I am working in the Cultural Heritage and Identity Lab under the supervision of Dr. Carla Hunter.
I am most interested in examining systems of oppression and the ways in which people of color engage with, as well as seek to dismantle such systems through social justice/political activism. Specifically, I want to investigate how activists and community organizers cope with experiencing oppression first hand while actively fighting it. Using community-based research practices, I would like to study how people of color’s interaction with systems of oppression is affected by their involvement in social justice work.
Socialization Project: An exploration of emerging adult second-generation individuals' perceptions of racial and ethnic identity and its associations with psychological well-being.
Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling (C-HeARTS): C-HeARTS is an interdisciplinary project, focused on conceptualizing and assisting community healing through storytelling among African Americans experiencing race-based trauma.
Driven to Reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males (DREAAM House): DREAAM House is a collection of programs aimed at using a family community approach to improve academic readiness in African American youth. A part of the mission is also to support the parents of the youth. As the Intervention Management Specialist, I am organizing the interventions that will be given to the parents to help them build the life skills that will ensure a better future for their children.
B.S., Santa Clara University
Fernández, J. S., Gaston, J. Y., Nguyen, M., Rovaris, J., Robinson, R. L., & Aguilar, D. N. (2018). Documenting Sociopolitical Development via Participatory Action Research (PAR) With Women of Color Student Activists in the Neoliberal University. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 6(2), 591-607. doi:10.5964/jspp.v6i2.900