Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring Latina/o undocumented students' social-political navigation in higher education
by Maduena, Jeanette, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 128; 1521594
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the navigational strategies, as well as overall experiences of undocumented Latina!o students at a California community college. Adding to the limited higher education literature focused on this student population, findings highlight the lived experiences of students who are resilient, determined and who believe in their dreams for professional careers. Their unique college experiences underscore the complexity of coming to terms with a vulnerable immigration status and the barriers associated with such a residency status. From the voices often students, four themes emerged, (a) financial, (b) the college experience, (c) coming to terms with being undocumented, and (d) keeping the dream alive, that demonstrate why their stories should be heard and valued by the higher education community and policy makers. This study increases awareness about the challenges undocumented students encounter in the U.S. educational system; recommendations for practice and state and federal policy are offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Locks, Angela M.
Commitee: Haviland, Don, Vega, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher education
Publication Number: 1521594
ISBN: 978-1-267-79023-1
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