Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Ph.D.

Outstanding Faculty Award, 2018-19
Department of Asian American Studies

I use Ethnic Studies to create real-time opportunities for young people to build relationships with each other and previous generations, reflect on the past, and organize for a just future.

​Dr. Tracy Lachica Buenavista is a professor in Asian American Studies and co-principal investigator for the CSUN Asian American Studies Pathways Project, the CSU UndocuServices Project, and the Dreamers, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Mentorship (DREAM) Center. She received her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and is nationally recognized for her research on Pilipina/o college access and retention, undocumented Asian American student experiences, and the militarization of immigration reform. She is also co-editor of Education at War!: The Fight for Students of Color in America’s Public Schools and "White” Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award due to her scholarship, community-responsive pedagogy, and service beyond the university.