Santiago Andres Garcia F'19

Santiago  Andres Garcia
Adjunct Professor
Anthropology and Humanities
Rio Hondo College
last updated: 7/17/2019

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2019
Adjunct Professor
Anthropology and Humanities
Rio Hondo College
Supporting the Scholarship and Contributions of Indigenous Mexican Students through Clay-Work and Self-Reflective Writing

Working with clay and self-reflective writing at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, has allowed the students of Humanities 125: Introduction to Mexican Culture—many of whom are of Purépecha, Zapotec,or Mayan ancestry—to materialize their views on race, ethnicity, and ancestry in clay-figurine form. These kinds of culturally relevant teaching practices best serve indigenous students by allowing them access to humanistic knowledge and understandings of the human body and ideology through their personal stories and their contributions to their families. This project analyzes these teaching practices and disseminates the results of this teacher-student scholarship birthed at a Hispanic-serving institution through journal articles, conference presentations, and a daylong community forum.