The Chicana/o/x Dream

The Chicana/o/x Dream Hope, Resistance, and Educational Success

Gilberto Q. Conchas and Nancy Acevedo
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-511-0
Price: $33.00

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cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-512-7
Price: $62.00

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2021 Senior Scholar Book of the Year, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

Based on interview data, life testimonios, and Chicana feminist theories, The Chicana/o/x Dream profiles first-generation, Mexican-descent college students who have overcome adversity by utilizing various forms of cultural capital to power their academic success.


With a rare combination of meticulous research and heartfelt compassion, The Chicana/o/x Dream eloquently captures el alma y corazón of Chicana/o/x students. With their own strengths and ways of knowing, students manage to resist oppression, develop a critical consciousness about systemic inequities, and ultimately create their own definition of success. This is, by far, the most contemporary, justice-based portrait of the Chicana/o/x college experience. — Laura I. Rendón, professor emerita, University of Texas at San Antonio, and author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy

The Chicana/o/x Dream is a must-read for scholars and educators who seek to understand, support, and empower Chicana/o/x college students. It beautifully blends together testimonios of the atravesadas/os/xs in the book who have lived and survived in the borderlands of education and Gloria Anzaldúa’s theoretical concepts. — Gina Ann Garcia, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh

Through powerful narratives of resistance and hope, Gilberto Q. Conchas and Nancy Acevedo advance a useful framework for understanding how Chicana/o/x students navigate within educational borderlands to achieve the Chicana/o/x Dream for themselves and others. — Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Gilberto Q. Conchas is the Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Professor of Education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. Conchas’s research unearths the triumphs of urban youth of color despite unequal school-community processes. He is the author and coauthor of nine books—including The Color of Success, Streetsmart Schoolsmart, Cracks in the Schoolyard, and The Complex Web of Inequality—numerous articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Dr. Conchas has been a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of California at Irvine and visiting professor at the University of Southern California, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, University of Barcelona, and the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara.

Nancy Acevedo is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology at California State University, San Bernardino. Acevedo uses critical race and Chicana feminist theories to examine transitions along the higher education pipeline for Latina/o/x students, with a focus on college access, choice, and transitions. She was a UC/ACCORD Dissertation Fellow and a Faculty Fellow for the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education. Her research has received several recognitions, such as the 2019 American Educational Research Association Latina/o/x Research Issues Emerging Scholar Award.

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