Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Aahhe's Conference a Familia of Scholars

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Aahhe's Conference a Familia of Scholars

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Attending the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) conference in the spring of 2016 in Costa Mesa, California, transformed my worldview of the academic community entirely I was ready to pursue AAHHE as a conventional conference; however, it was strongly rooted in networking, community and revitalization of academics amongst academic professionals across the nation. AAHHE surpassed my expectations as I learned and became part of a familia, a cohesive and caring community of first-generation scholars. As a first-generation Chicana from Pacoima, California, who attended community college and transferred to UCLA with limited resources and role models, I was embraced within AAHHE as a fellow. Here I was paired with Dr. G lenny Val oy, a faculty member at the Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY who reminded me about self-care, balance of parenting and academia, and self-advocacy.

While at AAHHE, not only did I become part of the community fabric of scholars and researchers, I was embraced with the support of faculty fellows, senior fellows and the amazing acceptance and unconditional love of my graduate fellow cohort. Sharing my research on attrition and retention of first-generation Chicana Latina Ph.D. mother-activists with my cohort prepared me for my proposal defense. Because I am a Ph.D. mother in academia, I found the support and affirmation of my work through other parenting scholars. This kind of intimate interaction between my research and my cohort critically prepared me to develop my dissertation proposal. …

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