Academic Research Briefs

There is great talent among AAHHE members and to showcase the depth and breadth of thought leadership of our members, we begin the Academic Briefs Professional Development Series. We invite contributions of 500-750 words from AAHHE members. An active membership is required for submission. If you'd like to become an AAHHE member, please click here

Please support our new efforts. If you are interested in your academic brief being showcased and for additional information, please contact, Dr. Lucia Gutiérrez, AAHHE Executive Director at [email protected].

Any view or opinions represented in the academic briefs showcased by AAHHE are personal and belong solely to the author and do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that the author may or may not be associated with in any professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated.

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Loui is our inaugural author with her academic brief titled Hey Hispano: Forget the Celebration, Address Your Internal Prejudice.


Hey Hispano: Forget the Celebration, Address Your Internal Prejudice
Claudia García-Louis
University of Texas-San Antonio

As we celebrate and honor the legacy and enduring contributions of millions of Latinx in the United States, let us remember that our roots in this country extend well before the U.S. was established (Jiménez Román & Flores, 2010; Menchaca, 2001; Sáenz & Morales, 2015). We are not an easily classified ethnic group as our cultural, racial, and global geographies are as diverse as the terms that have been crafted to categorize us: Hispanic, Latina, Latina/o, Latinx, LatinX, Latin*, [email protected], Latina/o/x, Hispanohablantes – and the list goes on. Yet, masterfully embedded within the aforementioned is the incessant will of the colonizer to rob us of our vast diversity Alcoff, 2006; Milian, 2013). The Latinx community is not a monolith and neither is our culture and while we should celebrate the legacy of our contributions, we must also get working on a plethora of issues that have plagued us since colonization. During this month and beyond, let us all work towards ensuring the intragroup diversity of the Latinx community is celebrated, centered, and recognized. For far too long racial violence, intra-group prejudice, anti-Blackness, and Indigenous erasure have forced a false narrative of who is, and what it means to be, Latinx in the U.S. (Alcoff, 2006; Jiménez Román & Flores, 2010)...Read more



Claudia García-Louis, PhD is an assistant professor in the Education Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Her research approach is interdisciplinary in nature as she seeks to disrupt negative stereotypes about Latinx students, minoritized populations, and underrepresented students through the critical incorporation of culturally appropriate, asset-based methodological approaches. Her goals are to expand the definitions of Latinidad and Blackness in higher education, to make a critical contribution to a newly formed line of inquiry that explores the educational experiences of AfroLatinx, and to conduct research that highlights Latinx heterogeneity and the experiences of Latina-mamí-scholars.