March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:40pm
The 4 Tezcatlipocas: Transformation Through Critical and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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This session will provide a brief overview of a critical & culturally relevant service learning approach that incorporates a Chicano Indigenous framework called the Four Tezcatlipocas. Participants in the session will learn about the elements of this approach, its connection to other research, the implementation process, and potential outcomes and implications. This work, rooted in inquiry, critical theory, and social and environmental justice, is significant to the field of service education because of its transformative capacity for personal/academic growth, as well as individual and collective agency. The Four Tezcatlipocas was first utilized within the context of education by the Mexican American Studies educators (Gonzalez & Enrique Acosta, 2006) in Tucson Unified School District. Within my own high school classroom, I incorporated the Four Tezcatlipocas into a form of student praxis with the decolonial intentions of self-direction and community-healing. This approach consists of four main steps that students follow: critical self-reflection (Tezcatlipoca), gaining perspective and precious knowledge (Quetzalcoatl), the will to act(Huitzilopochtli), and renewal and transformation (Xipe Totec). It is my hopes(but not necessary) to bring three high school students to participate in this session in order to provide personal testimony and stories about their experiences with the Four Tezcatlipocas.

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Ricardo Medina

Professor of Practice, University of San Diego

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST