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Christina Acosta

Christina Acosta
Professional Title: 
Graduate Student
Bio: 
Christina Acosta is a third-year Ph.D. student in Sociology. She completed her Masters thesis last year at UC Merced and wrote about Transformative Historical Capital in the Mexican-American Studies Legal Movement in Tucson, Arizona. Expanding on Tara Yosso's Community cultural Wealth model, Christina defined Transformative Historical Capital as "the transformation that occurs internally when one learns of the tools, knowledges, networks and determination that exist in the Chicana/o community as well as other communities of color due to a long history of social movements that sought civil and human rights (Acosta, 2018 P.1)." Christina argued that this form of capital, along with others outlined by Yosso (2005), contributed to the victory in court when Judge Tashima ruled the ban on ethnic studies had been unconstitutional due to racial animus. Christina served as Recording Secretary for the Graduate Student Worker's Union during the 2017-2018 school year. Christina enjoys connecting with the local Merced community and investing her free-time in high school youth mentorship.