Date of Award

Summer 2023

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Education, PhD


School of Educational Studies

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Linda Perkins

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

David Drew

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Anita Revilla Tijerina

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Daniel Solórzano

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Rights Information

© 2023 Sergio A. Gonzalez


Jotería, Latinx, Pláticas, Queer, Sense of Belonging, Trans

Subject Categories

Ethnic Studies | Higher Education | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies


Homophobia, patriarchy, and white supremacy are deeply embedded in academia and our communities; consequently, there is a lack of empirical research that speaks to the collective experiences connected to Jotería, queer people of color, and Latinx graduate students (Tijerina Revilla & Santillana, 2014). Additionally, research has found that too often, queer and trans (QT) Latinx and other queer communities of color are pushed aside to the margins of academia and society (Tijerina Revilla & Santillana, 2014). Furthermore, silenced, queer and trans, Latinx student experiences, both inside of the classroom, and within the larger college community, lead to a lack of sense of belonging. Therefore, the purpose of this exploratory qualitative dissertation is to understand the lived experiences of 41 QT Latinx graduate students in higher education. By incorporating Jotería Identity and Consciousness and Sense of Belonging as guiding frameworks, this dissertation will lay the foundation to center QT Latinx graduate students’ lived experiences through the co-creation of intimate pláticas. Through my dissertation research, my aim is to demonstrate how the merging of Jotería Identity and Consciousness along with Sense of Belonging are ultimately creating a Jotería Identity and Belonging. Utilizing a methodological approach such as pláticas, becomes essential in the meaning making process of Jotería Identity and Belonging by providing a sense of agency, comfort, and love to the co-creators. Moreover, Fierros and Delgado Bernal (2016) incorporate the use of pláticas not only as an asset based methodological approach to higher education research, but to highlight and center knowledge where the communities exist, in this case, where QT Latinx communities exist within a graduate education. Lastly, this dissertation is interdisciplinary in nature as it is grounded in fields of study such as Women of Color Feminisms, Chicana/Latina Feminisms, and Jotería Studies.



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