Yared Portillo

Yared is a PhD student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster at UC Berkeley’s School of Education with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Before graduate school, Yared was a community organizer and educator in South Philadelphia where she worked with the Latinx immigrant community. She has also been working as a community-based music educator for nearly 10 years, currently facilitating son jarocho workshops in Sacramento, Calif.

Yared’s research focuses on studying the processes of collective meaning making that takes place in learning and teaching fandango workshops in transnational Latinx communities in the United States. The fandango is the participatory, communal celebration of son jarocho, a music from what is now Veracruz, México, where Indigenous, African, and Spanish roots intersect. Building from frameworks of literacy as an ideological social practice, Yared looks at the fandango as a multimodal cultural literacy practice that opens up a space of conversation for the political, cultural, social, and transnational literacies of intergenerational Mexican communities.

Specializations and Interests

(1) Language, Literacies and Culture; (2) Transnational and Transborder Literacies; (3) Intergenerational Community Education; (4) Music and Multimodality in Literacy; (5) Son Jarocho and the Fandango


M.S.Ed., Reading / Writing / Literacy, University of Pennsylvania (2019)

B.A., Latin American Studies, Swarthmore College (2015)