Mx. Jacqueline Larriva was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and has long standing roots in the Tucson and University of Arizona (U of A) communities. Jacqueline is an alum of the Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development in 2007. After graduating from the U of A, Jacqueline attended the University of Connecticut in the School of Human Development and Family Studies.
For their Master’s research, Jacqueline conducted a qualitative study that included self-identified transgender and queer people from around the U.S. The paper Sex, Love, and the Body: Exploring the sexual and romantic lives of transgender people, discusses transition, love, sex, and the body as shared by the study participants.
After completing their Master’s Degree, they worked at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences as the FSHD Internship and Career Development Coordinator, Norton School Graduate Coordinator, and instructor for the FSHD Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices course. In their roles at Norton, Jacqueline was able to use their background, education, experience, and knowledge to support, mentor, and educate students on their academic and career paths. In addition to their role at Norton, Jacqueline was also the faculty advisor for Lambda Theta Alpha, Inc.; a Safe Zone workshop developer and facilitator; board member for the Asian American Faculty Staff & Alumni Association; board member for the Norton School Council of Alumni and Friends; and is a co-chair of the Lesbian, Bi-Mujeres, Transgender Caucus for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.
Jacqueline is currently a full-time Ph.D. student in Mexican American Studies whose work foci are Trans Latiné and their sexual and romantic relationships. This work is an expansion from the master’s thesis which will include the voices of trans Latiné specifically and will also include the experiences of their partner(s).