Yesenia Fernandez

Yesenia Fernandez
Yesenia Fernandez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School Leadership Program

Yesenia Fernandez is a first-generation college student and faculty who earned a Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. Her ancestors are from Purepecha lands and Tenochtitlan. She studies how systemic racism in K-16 perpetuates inequities that preclude minoritized students such as first-generation college students from persisting in higher education and what school leaders must do to transform our schools. She recently co-authored a book chapter titled, "Social Networking Technology and the Social Justice Implications of Equitable Outcomes for First-Generation College Students and a journal article titled “Social media use by first-generation college students and two forms of social capital: a revealed causal mapping approach.” Before coming to Dominguez Hills, she served as a K-12 district leader where she developed systems to improve equity and access to higher education. She is also a member and board president of East Yard Community for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) and is involved with other grassroots organizations focused on protecting and healing our communities.

Email: yfernandez@csudh.edu