Sergio Gonzalez

Fifth Year Doctoral Candidate
Claremont Graduate University

Sergio A. Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He received his M.A. in Applied Gender Studies on the way to the Ph.D. Sergio earned his M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and his B.A. in Communication Studies from Manhattanville College. Sergio writes from the core of who he is: joto, Latinx, feminist, hijo de a first-generation Madre and Mexican Immigrant Padre, jotería scholar, activist. As Lorde (2007) states, “I HAVE COME to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood” (p. 40). His connection to Jotería derives from his experiences navigating the Ivory Tower and trying to understand where he can exist within that space. As a scholar/activist, he focuses on co-creating counternarratives of queer Latinx/a/o individuals within higher education. Currently, he is a Research Associate at the Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice (SDPI) at Rutgers University. His research interests focus on Jotería pedagogy, social justice, undocumented/Dacamented students, and Queer Latinx students in higher education.