Scholar Stories: Dra. Laura Gonzales

How do you use writing or art in your life? 

I use writing to imagine possibilities and create new worlds alongside communities that I admire and cherish. Writing has always helped me make sense of whatever I’m experiencing. When I write, I process ideas and make plans for the future. 

What lessons/teachings from your family, home and/or community do you draw on in your teaching and/or scholarship?

When my family and I first immigrated to the US, my gramps would go visit each of his grandkids on a daily basis to help us with our homework. He taught me to write in English through his patience and love, and that’s the same patience and love that I try to bring to my classrooms and collaborations.

What would you tell your younger self?

 I would tell my younger self to keep following your heart and trying to do good in the world—vale la pena. 

Advice for new scholars and/or teachers:  Love your students and your work; do not love institutions.

Something else you want to share?

I’m grateful to Tracey Flores and her #chicasfuertes for always bringing us together through love and compassion. 

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