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The purpose of this study was to examine how Mexican American women in engineering and computer science utilized Anzaldúa’s borderlands of identity and Conocimientos to successfully navigate between Mexican American cultures and engineering and computer science cultures. Understanding how they navigate their journeys through engineering and computer science will encourage scholars to create education spaces and structures to heal students and communities within higher education. Using secondary analysis, preliminary findings show that Mexican American women students experienced different stages of Conocimientos during their engineering and computer science journeys, as well as borderlands of identity. Several of the participants experienced el arrebato and Nepantla as they experienced life-changing events in their educational pursuits and at times felt split between their obligations as a "good Mexican American daughter" and their duties as a student. Finally, many of the Mexican American students experienced later stages (el compromiso and blow-up) when discussing their future goals, with many of them wanting to utilize their Conocimientos and their engineering and computer science technical skills to give back to their communities.
Garza, N., & Rodriguez, S. (2022, August), Conocimientos and the borderlands of identity from Mexican American women in Engineering and Computer Science (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/41062
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