Xicana Ph.D. is a site with reflections, testimonios and information from my experiences navigating higher education from community college to a now Xicana Ph.D. perspective. I never believed in leaving who I am or parts of who I am outside the gates of the ivory tower. There was a price to pay though professionally lacking the support I needed to “succeed” post Ph.D., but to me these degrees and formal schooling were and still are another tool I wished to have to serve my community. I continue to dedicate myself to social justice as an educator of Ethnic Studies in the K-12 system.

My writing reflects a journey of a single mother finishing a Ph.D., survivor, community activist, poet and writer and all the things I was and am today and my commitment to continue the 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. In addition I was a PAGE fellow with Imagining America and a graduate fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

Xicana Ph.D. has been featured in other publications/sites including: Inside Higher Education, The American Federation of Teachers, NASPA, Latino Rebels, and I am Bold Latina. A podcast I recorded with the UC Humanities Research Institute in Fall 2017 on Academia and Motherhood is also going to be released soon.

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

If you are interested in having me present or speak at your college/university/school or organization you can contact me via my website. You can also find more about the work I do including education and poetry/creative writing related work at


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