Honors Adjunct Faculty
Estee Hernández (she/ella) earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs and B.A. in French from Baylor University. She and her family emigrated from Mexico when she was a young girl, and she is deeply proud of being a “Valley girl” from Brownsville, Texas.
Estee’s research broadly engages academic socialization experiences among minoritized populations, with a focus on Black and Chicana women in graduate study. Specifically, she is interested in the ways that racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression are entrenched in higher education policies and practices. Her dissertation focused on the ways in which Chicana doctoral students, who aspire to the professoriate, embody a scholar-activist identity. The second prong of this research is how this identity is (dis)embodied on social media. She is currently working on a book to honor these testimonios and share them with a broader audience.
As a Chicana feminist scholar, Estee applies a sentipensante pedagogy, as informed by Laura I. Rendón. Sentipensante is formed from two Spanish words: sentir and pensar. It is a merging of the heart and mind. A sentipensante pedagogy has three goals: to disrupt the entrenched praxis that separates teaching and learning and acts against wholeness; to cultivate personas educadas, or well-rounded individuals that possess both knowledge and wisdom; and to instill among learners a commitment to sustain life and promote the rights of all people. In her sentipensante pedagogy, she accepts responsibility for a learning that is transdisciplinary—that educates for life.