Testimonialista Pedagogues: Testimonio Pedagogy in Critical Multicultural Education


  • Yvonne Pilar El Ashmawi Loyola University Chicago
  • Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
  • Judith Flores Carmona New Mexico State University




Testimonio Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, Testimonio, Teacher Education, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy


Teacher educators employ a variety of approaches to multicultural education. This article describes how we have our students grapple with their positionalities, to socially locate themselves and then to question the how and why of what they learned by employing testimonio, a genre of qualitative research that has its epistemological roots in Chicana feminist thought, as pedagogy. We discuss how we use testimonio in our classes and how students can use the process of creating and sharing their testimonios to cultivate a multicultural education (MCE) perspective and begin crafting their own culturally relevant pedagogy.


Author Biographies

Yvonne Pilar El Ashmawi, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. El Ashmawi is a former middle and high school English teacher.  Currently, she is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago at the School of Education.

Ma. Eugenia Hernandez Sanchez, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez

Ma. Eugenia Hernández Sánchez works at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez where she enjoys teaching creative writing and research seminars. Currently, attends New Mexico State University (NMSU) working towards a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Critical Pedagogy and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include: youth studies with concentrations on immigrant youth’s detention and institutionalization, border theory, Chicana/Latina feminist testimonios, and visual methodologies.

Judith Flores Carmona, New Mexico State University

Dr. Judith Flores Carmona is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with a joint appointment in the Honors College at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Her research interests include critical pedagogy, Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminism, critical multicultural education, social justice education, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy.




How to Cite

El Ashmawi, Y. P., Hernandez Sanchez, M. E., & Flores Carmona, J. (2018). Testimonialista Pedagogues: Testimonio Pedagogy in Critical Multicultural Education. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 20(1), 67–85. https://doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v20i1.1524