Araceli Gonzalez

University of California, Davis

Araceli Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate in the School Organization and Educational Policy program. Araceli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Political Theory from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. Her research centers the experiences and education leadership practices of Latinx farmwork dependent mothers of immigrant background as they actively seek access to a quality education for their children in K-20 systems.

Dissertation Title: Testimonios of Mothers’ Education Leadership

Dissertation Abstract: Araceli’s dissertation seeks to address the dearth of research in rural education and unmet needs of rural Latinx students by examining the nuanced ways 20 Latinx undocumented immigrant, farm-working mothers enact agency and education leadership practices within one racially and geographically isolated school district of California’s agricultural San Joaquin Valley. Using Latinx Critical Race Theory Araceli employs a critical qualitative methodology of testimonios and focus groups to examine two core research questions: 1) how are Latinx mothers in one geographically isolated rural school district enacting education leadership practices? and 2) in which ways do the transnational economy and sociopolitical context of the targeted region shape these mothers’ leadership practices? The findings from this study will advance the rural-urban equity research, bring attention to unmet needs of rural students and parental practices for building community-school partnerships and illuminate the ways in which local, regional and global contexts inform, connect, and clarify the tensions and contexts of a racially segregated rural school districts.