Santiago Andres Garcia
Professor , Rio Hondo College
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.