A border native and a transfronteriza (crossborder) from the Cd. Juárez–El Paso borderland. Her identity has influenced her scholarly practices to delve into “the personal is political,” through her research, involvement within the creation and collaboration of various initiatives, together with her participation with Latina/o, border and women communities and organizations. She considers herself a scholar-activist and digital humanist, Fernández’s work approaches political, social, historical, literary, cultural histories and digital tools, along with testimonio (one’s life experience), in order to bring about social justice change through consciousness-raising.
Currently, Sylvia Fernández is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Houston. She works as a Teaching Assistant for the Spanish as a Heritage Program and used to work as Research Fellow with Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. She is among the founders and team member of ongoing and forthcoming initiatives where she currently plays leadership roles, which include: Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC), Torn Apart / Separados, Delis Negrón Digital Archive, Fillingthe_Gaps Bot and United Fronteras (forthcoming), among others. Past one includes Mujeres y Hombres Activ@s Revolucionari@s (MHAR), a Student Organization at New Mexico State University.