Favorite Quote: "Do work that matters. Vale la pena." – Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Brief bio: Dr. Tania Hogan is originally from Acapulco, Mexico and is bilingual and bicultural. She currently works as the Director of Student Success in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She enjoys the intersectionality of her job working directly with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members. During her 22 years in education, her first 16 years were in several roles in Denver Public Schools--bilingual teacher, reading interventionist, facilitator, and teacher leader. Her research interests include asset-based and culturally sustaining pedagogies, positive resistance such as resilient resistance and transformational resistance, and equity practices with first generation, multilingual, and students of color across the PK-university spectrum. She advocates for leveraging the assets students already possess and how to value, respect, affirm and make them visible. She obtained her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Equity focused on Latinx Learners and Communities, MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Bilingual Education and a BA in Psychology.
Why CIRCLE? I was drawn to Circle because of the organization's intentionality in disrupting dominant ways of being/doing things and going beyond just words, to enact and empower actions on the principles of equity and inclusivity through community, connectivity and education that lead to respect, love and hope for our youth and future generations.
Favorite book related to inclusiveness: Creating a Home in Schools: Sustaining Identities for Black, Indigenous and Teachers of Color by Francisco Rios and A Longoria and Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire.
Personal Theme Song: "Mi Verdad" - Ana Tijoux This song is about your truth/reality, walking in dignity, pursuing freedom, connecting with your culture, and finding your people, community, and solidarity.