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Raquel Madrigal

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Raquel Andrea Madrigal is a MA student whose areas of concentration are immigration/migration, race/racism, and neoliberalism/globalization with a focus specifically on undocumented students. Originally from Azusa, California, Raquel received two BA's in Ethnic Studies and Political Science/Public Service from the University of California, Riverside in 2009. While at UCR she participated in the Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) which helped to develop her undergraduate thesis titled: "Invisible Scholars and the Plight of the Undocumented Struggle for Higher Education" as well as to present her work at several undergraduate research symposiums. Her academic interests are organically intertwined with her personal cultural, ethno-racial, political, and economic experiences of growing up Xicana, Mexicana in the U.S. and encountering white America. Moreover, though Raquel was born in the U.S. it is precisely in being aware of her personal history (in which her grandparents, and tías y tíos journeyed from Indé, Durango; Parral, Chihuahua; and El Jefe into El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Los Angeles, California) that she has pursued academia as a tool for social justice and transformation. As such, being a person grounded in faith and love, Raquel's critique and analysis as an emerging scholar is nonetheless to share the hope she has with a restless world in thinking through new possibilities by which we can love one another, and ultimately change what has been historically damaging.