Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

As Stephi Wagner describes, the “mother wound” is the psychological distress individuals experience that comes from their unhealthy relationships with their mothers. The mother wound is a form of intergenerational trauma because it causes traumatic effects for future generations. I am a child of an immigrant, Mexican mother who has experienced and perpetuated the mother wound. Throughout my life, my mother and siblings have engaged in intense conflict with one another to the extent that their relationship has now become distant and cut-off. This family dynamic is also present within the generation of my mother, aunts, uncle, and grandmother. My personal experiences with the mother wound have influenced my research interests for the MA in Sociology program at San Diego State University. From a reproductive justice lens, I propose to research how the mother wound in Latinx mother-daughter relationships impacts Latinx daughters’ adulthood experiences in their mental health, relationships, professional life, and community organizing. I hope my study can help researchers, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and other community members learn how to work towards ending cycles of the mother wound and intergenerational trauma for Latinx communities and other communities of color. With a MA degree in Sociology, I aspire to become a community college professor who teaches sociology, gender studies, ethnic studies, and human development. I want to teach underrepresented students who are low income, first-generation college students, students of color, womxn, students with disabilities, immigrants, English language learners, LGBT+, and student parents. Lastly, I acknowledge my privilege and power in becoming the first in my family to earn and use my graduate degree to help underrepresented students develop academic resilience and success throughout their college education.

Dianna from California
San Diego State University