By Rosaura Dominguez-Rebollar, Jessica S. Saucedo, Tatiana Elisa Bustos

As three Latinas representing Central and Mexican American peoples and first-generation doctoral students, we often feel pressure to assimilate to the culture inherent in academic spaces. Two of us (Jessica and Rosaura) love to wear colorful embroidered clothing to honor our Mexican roots. Within the Hispanic-serving institutions we attended, it was normal for Latinx students to display their cultural heritage in this way.

However, moving to the Midwest and starting graduate school at a predominantly White institution (PWI) made us question our choices. We are often hesitant to wear our embroidered…


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