Ambar Hernandez

Ambar facing forward in a black embroiled blouse smiling at the camera

Position Title
TJE Graduate Student Researcher

School of Education, UC Davis


Ambar Hernandez Negrete is a doctoral candidate in Education with a concentration in School Organization and Educational Policy. Her research interests investigate the intersections of race, equity, and education policy. In particular, her current work examines the ways in which policy institutionalizes, extends, or disrupts racial inequity. She draws inspiration for her justice-seeking research from the resilience, fortitude, and courage she witnesses among communities of color, and the words of critical luminaries of color. These phrases include Assata Shakur’s powerful words, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Prior to enrolling as a graduate student, Ambar worked as a lead supervisor for the UCD Chicana/o Studies Bridge afterschool program, which provided culturally relevant tutoring and mentoring for first-generation low-income students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis.

TJE Announcements

What to Look Forward to in 2020-2021 with the TJE Center!

July 08, 2020

TJE's theme for 2020–2021 is “Futures Matter: What is the Future of Transformative Education?” As we anticipate and prepare for the future (5, 10, and 20 years out) throughout this coming year, all TJE programming and activities will be implemented virtually to maintain safe and inclusive operations in the face of COVID-19.

Here are a few programs, publications, and projects to look forward to:

Transformative Justice Studies in Sacramento

July 08, 2020

In July 2019, TJE Directors Torry Winn and Maisha Winn, along with Dr. Vajra Watson, received a $20,000 planning grant to develop an innovative learning experience. In February 2020, the Quarter @ Aggie Square committee selected their proposal as one of two programs to begin in Fall 2020.

Spencer Foundation Launch Small Learning Communities Second Convening

July 08, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Uprising occurring across the nation, TJE hosted its second Transformative Justice Teacher Education Learning Community gatherings (Funded by Spencer Foundation) in June.  With ever more relevancy, the scholars met virtually for three days to discuss and write on the topic The Future of Transformative Justice.