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Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Restrict to UW for 5 years - then make Open Access

Work Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name

Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

M. Billye Sankofa Waters

Second Advisor

Christopher B. Knaus

Third Advisor

Kenderick O. Wilson


This dissertation of praxis is a critical autoethnography of lived experiences within U.S. public schooling, interrogated through Black and Chicana feminist lenses. It offers counterstories to Seattle Public Schools’ enrollment policies and practices post-Parents Involved (2007), and reads into an expansive institutional record marginalized perspectives typically excluded from dominant narrative frames. These multi-languaged testimonios, structured in the form of a corrido, demonstrate how intersecting oppressions (racisms, colonialisms, patriarchies, capitalisms, etc.) are enacted in educational decision-making through interest convergence, and clash with the district’s self-proclaimed liberatory mission, vision, and values.