Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona
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Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona
Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona has been an Ethnic Studies, English, Social Studies and Journalism educator for 23 years and has taught in three states; California, Arizona and Texas. Her current position is Ethnic Studies Teacher at Roybal Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Chicanx/Latinx/Ethnic Studies at California State University at Long Beach. She is dedicated to developing critical curriculum and facilitating a student-centered classroom environment based on mutual respect, critical thinking, and collaboration. She accomplishes this by fusing her classroom instruction with community cultural knowledge and a focus on auto-biographical counter narrative.
Guadalupe is the chair of the Association of Raza Educators (Los Angeles chapter), co-founder of XOCHITL Los Angeles, a member of LAUSD’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum Committee, a member of Ethnic Studies Now Coalition’s Coordinating Committee, California Teachers Association and Stanford University’s Instructional Leadership Corps, the co-chair of the 50th Chicano Moratorium Commemoration Committee, and a founding member of the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition.
Guadalupe was born in 1976 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a place where her family migrated to from their homeland of Chihuahua, Mexico. Her parents were raised as migrant farm workers traversing the US Southwest in search of work in la cosecha. This instilled in her mother a strong will to leave the life of low-wage manual labor. In her father, it stoked a fire in his belly to fight against injustices for working class people of color in the US and internationally. Guadalupe’s parents inspired her to be a life-long learner, an educator and a servant of the people. She is a proud wife and mother and her family upholds the same principles of love of community.
Guadalupe’s educational journey has been filled with surprises and hard earned accomplishments. She graduated from a continuation high school in 1994 before attending Oxnard Community College. After transferring she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chicano Studies and Latin American Studies (UCLA) and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, Language/Literacy (ASU). Guadalupe has spent her educational and personal life and career re-membering herself and helping others on their quest for self-identity and telling their own stories.
We Are in Control of How We Feel & We are Going to be OKAY!
Tú eres mi otro yo.
You are my other me.
Si te hago daño a ti,
If I do harm to you,
Me hago daño a mi mismo.
I do harm to myself.
Si te amo y respeto,
If I love and respect you,
Me amo y respeto yo.
I love and respect myself.
“I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.”
― Sergio Troncoso
My weapon has always been language, and I’ve always used it, but it has changed. Instead of shaping the words like knives now, I think they’re flowers, or bridges. –Sandra Cisneros