Service Learning Institute

Chrissy Hernandez


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Dr. Chrissy Hernandez is a writer, organizer, and educator from Salinas/Prunedale, California. After working as a spoken word teaching artist for over a decade in a Bay Area continuation high school, public arts high school, juvenile hall, middle school, and other community sites, she is now a service learning and social action professor at California State University, Monterey Bay. She serves as the faculty coordinator of the Student Leadership in Service Learning program and teaches courses in participatory action research (PAR). Dr. Hernandez is so grateful to work in her home region with incredible students and community members. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Stanford University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Title: Professor of Service Learning and Social Action


Social Justice Interests / Social Justice Concerns:

A transformative justice framework has helped me recognize the interconnections across different areas of social injustice. With that understanding, I am particularly interested in prison industrial complex abolition, education justice, feminism, and anti-racism, including combating anti-immigrant sentiment.

Research, Publications, Community Involvement, Achievements:

Dr. Hernandez’s research interests include prison abolition and education justice, critical race and ethnic studies, women of color feminisms, continuation high schools, and deficit figures of people and place. She is the managing editor of Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators with AK Press. Publications also include the following co-authored articles: