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Author ORCID Identifier


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Education (also CAGS)

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Laura A. Valdiviezo


Based on a 20-month ethnography, this research examines the discourse and actions of community members and their role in sustaining/resisting racial inequities in a high-performing school district. Using the lens of racial literacy and by applying the construct of implementational spaces from the field of language, policy and practice, this research unveils the role community members’ varying racial literacy practices serves in sustaining the existing racial inequities. Additionally, informed by decolonizing and humanizing research methodologies, this research examines the use of researcher-participant collaborative practices between the white researcher and participants of color.