Roxana Dueñas

headshot: Roxana Dueñas

Position Title
2019-20 Practitioner-in-Residence


Roxana Dueñas is an Ethnic Studies and History teacher at the Math, Science and Technology Magnet at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Height. The first in her family to attend college, Roxana graduated from UC Santa Barbara with Bachelors in Women’s Studies and Chicana/o Studies. It is her gender and ethnic studies coursework that inspired and influenced her to pursue a teaching career with a specific emphasis on social justice and transformative education in urban schools.

In 2009, she graduated from UCLA’s Teacher Education Program with a Masters in Education and a teaching credential. In 2014, Roxana helped co-create the curriculum for an ethnic studies course titled Boyle Heights and Me. The course places an emphasis on community history, student activism, and civic and artistic engagement, particularly with local organizations. Additionally, the course focuses on developing a critical analysis of systems of oppression, methods of empowering transformative resistance and resilience. Over the last four years, students in the course have published various books with the support of the nonprofit organization 826LA. The books, which often include personal narratives, testimonies and reflections on the themes: resistance, resilience and reimagination, have become part of the course curriculum. To date, students in the course have published three books: “This Is My Revolution,” “You Are My Roots,” and “We Are What They Envisioned.”

She is currently part of LAUSD’s Ethnic Studies Leadership Team, which helps to develop resources for teachers and schools as they implement Ethnic Studies at their respective school sites. One of her many goals is to ensure schools have meaningful critical ethnic studies courses to offer students who do not always see themselves represented and empowered in their history courses.

TJE Announcements

The Importance and Use of a Transformative Justice Approach in Professional Development for Black Teachers

October 29, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to outline how a transformative justice approach can be used to improve the professional development of Black teachers. Situating the current state of the Black teaching force in the United State as a manifestation of continued harm toward Black people who seek to use education for liberation, the author suggests that this harm be formally addressed through strategic work with Black teachers and the institutions they work in.

Harvard Education Press: Race and Education Book Series

June 05, 2019

The Race and Education series addresses urgent, contemporary issues at the intersection of race, society, and education. The books strive to advance a critical, forward-thinking body of research on race that contributes to policy, theory, practice, and action. The series aims to highlight effective practices designed to help solve intractable problems of race in education.

The series is edited by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, who TJE was pleased to host as our Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker. His talk, "Five Educational Imperatives for Justice" was groundbreaking and inspiring.

Maisha T. Winn and Torry Winn Receive Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

February 15, 2019

Dr. Maisha T. Winn, UC Davis Chancellor’s Leadership Professor and Faculty Director of the School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE), and Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn, TJE Executive Director, have been honored with the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2018-2019 in the Special Recognition Category. This award recognizes the exemplary contributions they have made to enhancing campus inclusiveness and diversity through their leadership roles at TJE.

2018-19 Practitioner in Residence: Micia Mosely, Ph.D.

June 12, 2018

The Transformative Justice in Education Center is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 Practitioner in Residence, Dr. Micia Mosely.

Micia Mosely earned her Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley and is now the founding Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project, an organization committed to recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools in the United States.