Julissa Ventura
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow
CU Engage

Ketchum, Room 285
University of Colorado Boulder
339 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0339

Dr. Julissa Ventura is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education and Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Policy Studies with minors in Curriculum & Instruction and Qualitative Research Methodology in Education. Her research sits at the intersections of Latinx education, critical youth studies, and community-based education, and focuses on new(er) Latino diaspora communities – those that are rapidly growing in areas of the United States that have not previously had large Latinx communities. Through critical ethnography and participatory methods, Dr. Ventura’s research sheds light into the important, yet often invisible work of school support staff and community youth facilitators in developing Latinx students’ sense of belonging, academic identities, and critical consciousness. Drawing on LatCrit and Chicana Feminist theories, she also highlights the challenges Latinx youth face in their educational journey as well as the power of youth organizing in certain school and community spaces. As a community-based researcher, Dr. Ventura prioritizes relationship-building and the needs of Latinx communities in her work in order to build research partnerships for socially just and equitable educational opportunities.

Dr. Ventura has taught undergraduate courses (Anthropology and Education; Issues in Urban Education; School and Society) in the department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also been a mentor to [Re]Generación, a youth-led leadership group for high school students at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin and served 6 years on the Latino Youth Summit Planning Committee, which organizes a program for Latinx middle school students at UW-Madison. With mentorship from Dr. Ben Kirshner and Dr. Enrique Sepulveda, Dr. Ventura is looking forward to engaging in existing and/or new partnerships with CU Boulder and surrounding area communities.


Ph.D.  University of Wisconsin- Madison, School of Education – Educational Policy Studies (2018)
M.A.  University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education – Educational Policy Studies (2013)
B.A.   Swarthmore College, Educational Studies and Political Science (2010)

Ventura, J. (2017). "We Created that Space with Everybody:" Constructing a Community-Based Space of Belonging and Familia in a Latina/o Youth Group. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(1), 23-37. http://amaejournal.utsa.edu/index.php/amae/article/view/326/253