Fany Salazar

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant 
University of Arizona


Fany Salazar was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Being from the capital of Tequila and Mariachi, she is a Jalisciense at heart. The daughter of a shoe factory worker and a draper mother, she was raised in a working-class community and attended public schools in Guadalajara. She started her bachelor's in mathematics at Universidad de Guadalajara. Still, destiny brought her to the United States at twenty-one. When she arrived in the United States, her knowledge of English was limited.

Fany earned a bachelor's in mathematics at California State Polytechnic University Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). At Cal Poly Pomona, Fany's research focused on primitive nondeficient numbers. As she continued having new academic experiences, she discovered her passion for mathematics education, especially doing mathematics with Spanish-speaking parents. Fany earned a Master of Science in mathematics at the University of Arizona and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Department.

Fany's main area of research is families' and communities' partnerships with schools in mathematics education. In her Ph.D. program, Fany has pursued her passion for working and doing mathematics with families from minoritized communities. Parents from minoritized communities' voices often go unnoticed concerning their children's mathematics education.  Fany's research also focuses on how parents, as adult learners, use their experiences to make sense of mathematics and to build mathematical knowledge. She is interested in research that explores ways of bringing the knowledge, culture, and assets of minoritized communities to the K-12 mathematics classrooms.

During the summers of 2019 and 2020, Fany was an instructor of mathematics and robotics for the Upward Bound program at the University of Arizona. During the 2018-2019 school year, Fany was the secretary of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) chapter.

"Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for feeling proud and showing off who we are, where we come from, and how far we have come despite the stereotypes, barriers, and socioeconomic issues.”