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Irene is a published writer. Her work has appeared on CNN, Huffington Post, Public Radio International, Inside Higher Education and more. She writes on her blog Xicana Ph.D. and is a freelance writer and education consultant.

Some of her selected published work is listed below.  


National College Attainment Network "Schools Can Stop Summer Melt: Lessons from the Wisconsin Text Steps Project"
August 31, 2021


The Education Trust "Why I Teach Where I Teach: To Continue the Latino Legacy" 
September 15, 2020


The Luz Collective "Relief Funds Like PPP Remain Elusive for Latina Business Owners"

May 26, 2020

The Luz Collective "Latina Creatives Take on Coronavirus"

April 17, 2020

CNN "El Paso horror spotlights long history of anti-Latino violence in the US"
August 5, 2019 


PRI "With all eyes on elite university admissions, community college stories go unheard"

May 2, 2019 

Huffington Post "50 Years After The East LA Walkouts, We’re Still Fighting For Latino Students"
March 2, 2018


Inside Higher Education "A Scholar Pays Tribute to an Academic Mentor"

August 25, 2017

American Federation of Teachers
"I have a Ph.D. and I'm on welfare". 
Originally published on my blog 


Latina Outsiders (Routledge, 2019)

Single Mothers Speak on Patriarchy (2016, The Girl God),  

BASTA! 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women (2017, University of Nevada-Reno Press)



Poems in Cutthroat: A Jorunal of the Arts and the Black Earth Institute

Fall 2020

Poems in San Bernardino Singing  from Inlandia Institute

Summer 2020

"Commonalities" Zocalo Public Square

"East LA" Latino Rebels 


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