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.
|Advisor:||Locks, Angela M.|
|Commitee:||Haviland, Don, Vega, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Higher education|
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