Bianca N. Haro, a Feminista-Scholar-Activist, is a fourth-year Urban Schooling doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bianca is the daughter of migrant parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco and is originally from Southeast San Diego. Prior to UCLA, Bianca obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from the University of San Diego. It was during her undergraduate career where her passion for juvenile justice further developed, especially after witnessing the disproportionate number of Students of Color detained at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Center. She later became a McNair Scholar and conducted research at the University of California, Santa Barbara to further understand the systems in place that criminalize students.
Using ethnographic modes of data collection, Bianca’s dissertation examines unique ways Latina high school students experience control, surveillance, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Bianca hopes her work helps tell a more complete story of the school-to-prison pipeline and find gender-responsive ways to reverse the pipeline for Latinas and other Girls of Color.
For the past year, Bianca has been in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union and the #StudentsNotSuspects Coalition analyzing data in efforts to end the Los Angeles Unified School District’s random metal detector search policy and prove the ineffectiveness of the policy using the District’s own records. Bianca’s research agenda is a life-long commitment to centering the voices of young girls who are often overlooked in research, policy, practice, and social justice efforts.