Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Francisco J. Guajardo

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Watt

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Alvarez


This dissertation is the experience of my life, an evolution of pláticas I have had con mis coyotes, my Nepantlero guides. I am one Chicano navigating through the mechanisms of a coercive and hegemonic system which limits our advancement in the academy. My ontology, epistemology, and axiology stem from my cultural and family foundations which I explore through the application of Testimonio. The dissertation consists of several chapter, first a description of the theoretical underpinnings which bolster my approach. I then guide you in a journey along a path of my discovery. My approach to how this study will be conducted is centered on a Chicano/Pocho stylism. I establish this stylism as grounded in my axiological belief about the need to serve, the epistemological belief that this work is empowering and liberating to me, and that ontologically this work is about barrier removals. I argue that my story is above all other sources of data, that my knowledge is valuable based upon the sources of its origin, and that Testimonio is the most appropriate means by which to share/explore/discover me. I provide my own version of an epic poem providing a realization of a Chicano experience in higher education. I then explore the poem through the stories of my life to provide a context for you to understand me. I address the multiple constituencies involved in my work through the form of an epistolary. I close my work by introducing the need for iterations, a reintroducing of the element of the circle. A circle allows us to review, or revisit for additional interpretations and understanding. Summarizing, this dissertation seeks to give me the opportunity to describe the context in which I exist and the forces that have impacted and shaped me. I reflect here on the data collection possibilities. Through this plática, using text both multifaceted and interdisciplinary—mis cuentos—I engage in the cogitation of approaches, principles, and information.


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