Erica Fernández

Assistant Professor


Titles:

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, Indiana University –Bloomington

M.Ed., Literacy, Culture, & Language Education, Indiana University – Bloomington

B.S., Elementary Education, Indiana University – Bloomington

B.A., Spanish, Indiana University – Bloomington

Areas of Expertise:

Parental Engagement

Family/Community/School Relations

Social Justice and Educational Equity

Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Latin@ Critical Race Theory (LatCrit)

Biography:

Dr. Fernández is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. She is a former bilingual education teacher whose primary research is focused on centering, listening to and sharing the educational engagement experiences of Parents of Color, particularly those of Spanish-speaking Latin@ immigrant parents living amid threatening and hostile anti-immigrant environments. Critical Race Theory, Latin@ Critical Race Theory, Latin@ Cultural Citizenship and Chicana feminist epistemology theoretically ground her work while also helping to center the narratives of Latin@ immigrant parents. She hopes that the narratives of Latin@ immigrant parents will help highlight how oppressive institutional policies create barriers for authentic engagement within schools. Other research interests include family/community/school relations/relationships and family engagement policy initiatives (local, state, and federal level).

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Scribner, S.M.P.  & Fernández, E. (2013)Leading with Latin@ Immigrant  Parents. UCEA Review, 54(3), 20-22.
Scribner, S.M.P.  & Fernández, E. (Accepted). Queríamos algo bueno…para nuestros hijos y  también para nosotras:A Freireian Analysis of Organizational Narratives of Latino Parent-School  Engagement. Journal of Latino – Latin American Studies.
Chesnut, C., Fernández, E., Decker, J.R., & Eckes, S.E. (2013, Nov.). Current Issues in Special Education Law for School Leaders. Panel presented at the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA). Indianapolis, IN.
Fernández, E. & Scribner, S.M.P. (2013, April). Juntos Pero No Revueltos: A Latin@ Immigrant  Parent Group’s Reflection on their Emerging Leadership Roles within an Urban Elementary  School. Poster presented at the 2013 Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium (CESS), Indianapolis, IN.
Fernández, E. (2012, Nov.). Deconstructing the Dominant Historical Narrative of Latinos in the  Midwest:  Illuminating the Latina Experience. Paper presented at the annual conference of the History of Education  Society (HES), Seattle, WA.
Fernández, E. & Scribner, S.M.P.  (2012, May).  Somos los que más sufrimos: Examining the Intersection of Anti-ImmigrationReform and School Policies on Latino Parental Engagement. Paper presented at the annual conference of Critical RaceStudies in Education, NY, NY.
Fernández, E. (2011, Oct.). Solidifying a Subordinate Existence: Late 19thEarly 20th Century Southwestern U.S. School Curriculum/Practices and the Mexican/Mexican American Student. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians (OEH), Chicago, IL.
Maxcy, B., Scribner, S.M.P.  Guajardo, F., Guajardo, M.A., Fernández, E., et. al. (2013, Nov.).  “Education for What?”: A Critical Conversation with Engaged Community Organizers. Panel presented at the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA).  Indianapolis, IN.
Scribner, S.M.P.  & Fernández, E. (2013, Nov.).  Examining the Intersection of Anti-Immigration Reform and School Policies on Latin@ Parental Engagement. Paper presented at the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA).  Indianapolis, IN.
Scribner, S.M.P.  & Fernández, E. (2012, Nov.). “Venimos… para que se oiga la voz porque si no hablamos nadie nos va a escuchar”- Lessons Learned From Immigrant Latin@ Parent Leaders in an Urban Elementary School. Paper presented at the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA), Denver, CO.
Scribner, S.M.P.  & Fernández, E. (2012, April). Queríamos algo bueno…para nuestros hijos y también para nosotras: A Freireian Analysis of Organizational Narratives of Latino Parent-School Engagement. Paper presented at the annualconference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Honors/Awards:

2014 University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA) Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy Attendee

2012-2013 University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA) Barbara Jackson Scholar

2012-2013 Graduate Assistant of the Year Award, Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education

2011-2012 Jefferson Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education

Associations/Committees/Outreach:

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA)               

University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA)

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Contact Information
Emailerica.fernandez@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 8998
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 242B