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Gustavo García

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Gustavo García is a first generation Chicano Zapotec that was born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. His family is from the Central Valley of Oaxaca from a Zapotec community named San Baltazar Chichicapam. He first started as a community college student at Santa Monica College where he received an AA in Social and Behavior Science. He then transferred to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduate with a BA in Chicanx Studies and American Indian Studies. As an undergraduate, he participated in the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program where he engaged with Indigenous Chicanx educational institutions and explored questions around what it means for Chicanx communities to create, sustain, and center indigenous frameworks, practices and communities. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies where he is also getting a graduate certificate in Chicanx Studies. His current research interests engage with Chicanx Studies and Indigenous studies, particularly with questions around hemispheric indigenous social movements and education, Zapotec Studies, Indigenous migration and displacement, and Zapotec language revitalization. In his spare time, he participates in various undergraduate and graduate student collectives, Danza Azteca, Son Jarocho and the Department of Chicanx Studies. Furthermore, he mentors undergraduate students with research and graduate school through the El Puente Research Program that is hosted by El Centro de La Raza. Contact information: Garciagustavo1@unm.edu