SF State Pre-Doctoral Honorable Mention
Teresa Hodges, Asian American Studies graduate student
Teresa is excited to be a second year Asian American Studies master's student. She completed an Ethnic Studies B.A. at U.C. San Diego and intends to obtain a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies or American Studies. She enjoys being a teacher apprentice with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (which partners with the Filipino Community Center and well as S.F. State, City College, and the San Francisco Unified School District)—and is grateful for the way in which it enables communities to serve as sites of action, sanctuary, and inquiry. Participating in such partnerships allows her to see that her desire to facilitate identity and community development, and critical inquiry about race and social justice is within reach. Her participation in the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference ("CMRSC"), co-organized by Prof. Wei Ming Dariotis, and her newfound connections to CMRSC peers, professors, and community workers has grounded, challenged, and empowered her to continue her graduate studies. Recognition as a PEP teacher and as a Sally Casanova Program Honorable Mention, alongside the support of her faculty mentor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, have been being valuable to not only to Teresa's own process as an emerging scholar, but also to her sense that she can meaningfully contribute to communities and institutions that advocate for social change. Thus, she is grateful, humbled, and continually inspired.