Xicana Ph.D. provides information, advice, resources and tools for navigating higher education from community college to a now Xicana Ph.D. perspective. I don’t believe in leaving who I am or parts of who I am outside the gates of the ivory tower and I never did. We are here and we are whole. My writing reflects my journey as a single mother finishing a Ph.D., survivor, community activist, poet and writer and all the things I was and am today including facing homelessness post Ph.D. lack of jobs and the continual fight for a more just and equitable world.

My name is Dr. Sanchez. I barely graduated high school, went on to community college where in my first year I was placed on academic probation and dismissal in other words, I was kicked out of community college. I returned and found Ethnic Studies and a community of support. I transferred to UC Santa Cruz and pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington where I completed a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education). I also earned a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies and was a graduate fellow in Public Scholarship with the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.

I am a long time activist, educator, and leader in my community.

You can find more about the work I do including education and poetry/creative writing related work at:

http://www.irenesanchezphd.com