Mariolga Reyes Cruz


An independent Puerto Rican scholar-activist interested in the micro-politics of reproduction and contestation of social inequality. She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras and her doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology and Qualitative Inquiry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2005, she has worked as an academic researcher and adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Her initial graduate work examined racial and ethnic identity among Puerto Rican women in New York City. Later she engaged in education organizing efforts with marginalized and racialized communities in the United States and Puerto Rico attending to how colonial mentalities are enacted and challenged. Her book Mexican Immigrant Parents Advocating for School Reform, published in 2008, is based on her 4-yearlong critical ethnography documenting the struggle for quality public education spearheaded by Mexican undocumented families in a U.S. Midwestern town. She has published solo and co-authored autoethnographic essays looking at the intersections between race, migration and marginalization. Other works examine coloniality and resistance within the academia. She was part of the organizing committee for the first Puerto Rico Social Forum and the Public Education Forum. She has collaborated with Prensa Comunitaria, Todo Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico Coalition, and Proyecto Enlace and G-8 del Caño Martin Peña. She was also active during the 2010 University of Puerto Rico student strike and formed with other colleagues a faculty action committee (Profesores/as por una Universidad Democrática de Excelencia). Currently, Mariolga is an International Civil Society Fellow at the Kettering Foundation, in Ohio, U.S. She will soon return to Puerto Rico to continue collaborating in the democratizing efforts.


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