My own and other research shows that Queer/Chicana/Latina college students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or marginalized communities to the university often engage in a process of resistance to oppressive practices and environments within those institutions, even while continuing their education. While a higher education can be a form of liberation for many of these women, it can simultaneously be oppressive to some. As women learn how to negotiate both privilege and oppression in the college setting, they develop tools for understanding their conditions. One of these tools is political and social consciousness, which is often internalized and acted upon in the form of student activism. Such is the case for many of the members of Raza Womyn. Carmen's testimonio is an example of the very difficult road of learning and teaching that takes place in the private spaces that student activists occupy, and it illustrates the learning-process that takes place when people are really committed to putting forward a vision of social justice or to engaging in "love and revolution."


Symposium: Eighth Annual LatCrit Conference City & The Citizen: Operations of Power, Strategies of Resistance: Section II: Race Ethnicity and Gender: Identity and Ideologies in Law, Theory and Culture