Alumni

Laura Gloria Gálvez

PhD Student, Native American Studies
Laura Gloria Gálvez
Academic Institution: University of California, Davis Location: Davis, California Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Education
Populations Served: Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees

FOCUS
Laura is conducting research along with undocumented Indigenous Oaxacan communities in California. Using health narratives, Laura studies and highlights Indigenous Oaxacan understandings of well-being in contemporary places. This work is timely given the negative political atmosphere toward undocumented communities in the U.S. Laura’s work not only hopes to shed light into the resistance of undocumented Indigenous migrants reconstructing structures of health care far away from their homelands, but also offer evidence for structural interventions needed to create health equity at the state and national levels.

MORE ABOUT LAURA
Born in San Felipe Usila, Oaxaca, Laura maintains a strong connection to her Chinantec community and homeland. Laura brings forth a critical perspective and action-oriented framework to uphold Indigenous autonomy and self-determination. She believes that HPRS offers an avenue for her to translate her research into praxis and structural interventions.

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