Greetings! I'm Dr. Gaby (she/her/hers/ella/meeña)! I am an interdisciplinary researcher and educator with 14 years of teaching experience. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at San Diego State University with the Research and Equity Scholarship Institute of Student Trajectories in Education (res-iste.sdsu.edu). I also serve as the Faculty Scholar for SDSU's Native Resource Center, where I coordinate the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars & Leaders mentorship program. Additionally, I am a lecturer in American Indian Studies at SDSU. Previously, I taught Chicana/o Studies at San Diego City College and SDSU.
My work over the last 14 years has focused on disrupting monolithic notions of Latinidad in higher education that historically perpetuate the invisibility of Indigenous people. My current projects address the representation of Indigeneity within emerging K-12 Ethnic Studies curriculum as well as the conceptual expansion of Latinidad in relationship to “Hispanic” Serving Institution (HSI) initiatives. I position myself as a transnational Cali-pulqueña having grown up in both Acapulco, Guerrero and Merced, California. I experience both the spoils and subjugation of settler colonialism and for this very reason, I work to dismantle it both inside and out of the classroom.
Prior to pursuing my PhD, I was Director of College and Career Success at Barrio Logan College Institute, a college prep non-profit organization for first generation college students. Since 2007, I have been a volunteer with Familia Indígena Unida, a community-based organization dedicated to serving the Oaxaqueñx/Ñuu Savi community in San Diego.