Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. David Donahue


“Desde el Suelo” is a set of resources, activities and reflections created for educators looking to name, understand and heal from the systemic harms experienced in our schooling in order to interrupt these cycles and better support children, youth and ourselves in our liberation. For Puerto Rican educators, this process begins with the understanding that any system created with the goal of expanding the u.s. empire through racist occupation and epistemicide can never be reformed into promoting freedom or social justice. Pulling from abolitionist teaching and critical pedagogy, inspired by historical struggles for Black liberation across the diaspora and in the tradition of Latin American and Caribbean popular education, it is more of a workbook with questions to navigate as we look inwards and hold ourselves accountable, rather than “solutions” to issues we face in and out of the classroom. It also includes reflections and tools created by other educators that can support us in creating caring, joyful, emancipatory educational spaces for all, covering topics like community building, solidarity economies, ableism, supporting queer youth, antiblack racism and eurocentrism in curricula, ungrading, mandated reporting, the school-prison nexus and abolishing borders.