Latina Activist Development Through Service Learning

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Valeria Hernandez


The Latina student body population is increasing every year in colleges and universities, specifically at predominately White institutions. Student development through service learning, as well as Latina self-authorship have been studied, but never in an intersecting manner. By taking Baxter-Magolda’s self-authorship theory, critical race theory, Kolb’s experiential learning model, and Break Away’s active citizen continuum and combining them, the Latina Activist Development Continuum is developed. This continuum illustrates how Latina students develop as activists through community engagement, beginning with structured service-learning opportunities through volunteering, to independent and autonomous activists while finding a sense of belonging at their institution.


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Hernandez, V. (2020). Latina Activist Development Through Service Learning. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 78–86. Retrieved from