Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


International and Multicultural Education


International & Multicultural Education EdD

First Advisor

Emma Fuentes

Second Advisor

Ursula Aldana

Third Advisor

Genevieve Negron-Gonzalez

Fourth Advisor

Magdalena Barrera


This empirical study captured the ongoing community organizing, led primarily by Chicanas and young people in a Latinx community in the San Francisco Bay Area. This community has experienced historic neglect, inequities, gentrification, and economic displacement. Through muxersita portraiture, a critical qualitative methodology, with young people as co-researchers, this study captures the collective narrative of the community of North Fair Oaks through platicas, encuentros y acción. In the process, this collective narrative disrupts the negative impact of gentrification by providing a historical context of the contributions of Latinx in North Fair Oaks. This study uses a critical coraje framework; a homemade theory that aims to transform the world through HERstory education, uplifting and acknowledging the contributions of oppressed people and the fostering of advocacy, for the preservation of home.

The methodology offers a HERstory course to lead young people into their collection of narratives, through an intergenerational encuentro. In doing so, we centralize the experiences of Latinx community in North Fair Oaks where over 70% self-identify as Latinx, disrupt gender norms and heteropatriarchy, elevate women voices- because women are often silenced, ignored, or cast aside, and recast young people as active agents capable of promoting social justice within their own communities (Cammarota & Fine, 2008). This intergenerational encuentro brings together the narratives and experiences of young people and mujeres to form a common story of struggle against the rapid gentrification and displacement in the community of North Fair Oaks. Through this research, young people learn valuable stories from mujeres through pláticas and encuentros, and mujeres learn new ways of being from the next generation. Whereby, the legacy of community activism, intergenerational learning, and new knowledge production inform the framework of critical coraje. The findings offer four tenets of critical coraje: collective HEARTwork, critical hope, m[other]work, and liberatory spirit.