Author Talk with Dra. Chang about Hyperdocumentation

headshot of a woman in a suit with a blue shirtStaff Reads, UW Tacoma’s non-fiction staff book club funded by the Staff Association, has been reading and discussing Dra. Aurora Chang’s book, The Struggles of Identity, Education and Agency in Undocumented Students’ Lives: The Burden of Hyperdocumentation (2018) during Summer Quarter 2020.

We are thrilled to announce that the Center for Student Involvement, the Center for Equity and Inclusion and the UW Tacoma Library are hosting a talk with the book’s author, Loyola University Professor Dra. Aurora Chang!

All are welcome to attend via Zoom.

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A Zoom author Q&A on Thursday, July 23rd, 11am PST, that discusses hyperdocumentation and the diverse experiences of undocumented students in Higher Ed.


To register for the event:

We are using best practices to make sure that the Zoom event keeps our guest and our audience safe.

  • Register by filling out this form.

  • You will then receive a link to the Zoom session.
  • While all are welcome, please do not share the Zoom link
  • Please encourage your friends and colleagues to register as well.

Learn more in preparation for the Q&A!

Undocumented to Hyperdocumented: A Jornada of Protection, Papers, and PhD Status

Once an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and raised in Richmond, California in a family of eight, Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang is now an associate professor and program chair in International Higher Education at Loyola University’s School of Education, where she teaches coursework on multicultural education, social justice, undocumented students, critical social theory, Chicana Feminism, and curriculum in higher education.  Chang’s research focuses on the intersection of education, identity and agency within traditionally marginalized communities. Specifically, she focuses on the following research strands: (1) How do students and educators from marginalized groups utilize agency to navigate oppressive educational settings? (2) How do their intersectional identities inform, impact and shape their educational experiences? (3) How do their positionalities impact their ways of knowing? Within these research strands, she is interested in the counter-narratives of undocumented students, Latina students, Faculty Women of Color in the Academy, Multiracial Students, and Teacher Educators as well as Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education. [Bio taken from Loyola’s website.]

Event community agreements:

  1. We strive to make this space an actively anti-racist space. This means the facilitators will acknowledge and recognize harm, when it is caused, and will address aggressions and microagressions. Please be accountable to your fellow participants.
  2. Conversations such as these can be hard. Please show support and understanding for each other. Feel free to vocalize your experience and feelings through reactions on Zoom, snapping your fingers, etc.
  3. Please respect others’ rights to hold opinions and beliefs that differ from your own.  When you disagree, challenge the idea, not the person. Remember to acknowledge and situate your own positionality within an issue when disagreeing.

Questions? Please email Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman (

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