Dr. Ofelia Huidor on Community Cultural Wealth and Chicana/o Studies

Dr. Ofelia Huidor, the administrative coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs and adjunct faculty for the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, presented her work on community cultural wealth for a recent faculty colloquium on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Based on the work of Tara J. Yosso, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, community cultural wealth is a framework that builds on cultural capital to include alternative forms of capital as assets for communities of color. Dr. Huidor explained that this framework is important for her own research and teaching because it “reflects the possibilities to make pedagogical practices an inclusive experience for students of color. It acknowledges the skills and lived experiences of students of color as relevant to their educational journey.”

Most recently, Dr. Huidor, who has a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies from UCLA, has adopted the community cultural wealth approach to inform her new course “Introduction to Chicana/o Studies.” The class takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the historical and social experiences of Mexican-origin people in the United States. Dr. Huidor points out that this is the first time such a course has been offered at Woodbury University, saying, “It is important for Woodbury University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, to reflect the population it serves by offering ethnic studies courses, such as Chicana/o Studies.”

Last Updated on March 26, 2021. 

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