Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Chicano Studies

Second Department

Latin American Studies

Reader 1

Martha Gonzalez

Reader 2

Marina Perez de Mendiola

Reader 3

Cindy Forster

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2018 Prisma L. Herrera Ramirez


This thesis does not adhere to “traditional” academic criteria which I feel tends to be rigid, constrained ways of regurgitating knowledge. It is not easily digestible, nor is it something that offers concrete answers. Rather it is a critical understanding of many of my experiences in the last four years of education, with a specific focus on the most recent events that have unfolded in my personal and academic life. This thesis is a journey. It is by witnessing communities in New York City, Bolivia, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Chiapas and Southern California that continue to struggle and hope in the face of neoliberal, power-hungry nation-states, that propels me forward and brings me hope and a renewed sense of consciousness as to where I want to go.