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The Complexity of the “x” in Latinx

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

In 2019, I was invited to write a Scholarly Paper about the term Latinx, which was presented at the 14th annual national conference of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) in Costa Mesa, California, February 28 – March 2, 2019. The 2019 conference theme was “Civil Rights & the LatinX Community: Our Social, Economic, and Educational Future". My paper was presented during one of the conference concurrent sessions.

Since the publication of this paper, I been quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, CNN Español, and I been interviewed by NPR among other Podcasts. Also, I have given over 30 lectures at various colleges and universities, conferences and organizations.

Abstract: The usage of term Latinx has gained popularity in higher education settings. This study documents how 34 Latinx/a/o students relate to, identify with, and understand the term Latinx. Participants perceive higher education as a privileged space where they use the term Latinx. Once they return to their communities, they do not use the term. Due to the variations in understandings of the term, the author contends that one should consider using the term Latin*.

To Read more about my work on the term Latinx.

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