Research Collectives With, For, and By Undocumented Scholars: Creating Counterspaces for Revelation, Validation, Resistance, Empowerment, and Liberation in Higher Education Academic Article uri icon


  • We use a testimonio methodology to examine how engaging in a research collective designed with and for, and comprised by current and former undocumented scholars promoted our development, persistence, and professional preparedness. We argue that research collectives initiated through participatory action research serve as counterspaces for revelation, validation, resistance, empowerment, and liberation for undocumented students. We conclude with recommendations on how faculty can become empowerment agents and create these critical spaces in higher education.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

altmetric score

  • 23.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Salazar, C., Barahona, C., Viruel, A. R., Zuiga, J., Palma, B., Meza, K. J., & Moreno, R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Salazar, Cinthya||Barahona, Cindy||Viruel, Andrea Romero||Zuñiga, Juan David Velasco||Palma, Bertha||Meza, Karen Janeth||Moreno, Reneé

publication date

  • April 2023