Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the identity development of Latina/o undocumented students in higher education
by Maduena, Jeanette, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 133; 10001599
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study contributes to the very limited body of literature available on the identity development of undocumented students. Specifically, this study focused on the experiences and identity development of Latina/o undocumented students enrolled in California community colleges. From the voices of 21 students, a three-position identity development framework emerged: (a) discovering difference, (b) making meaning of difference, and (c) coming to terms with being undocumented. The identity development process for Latina/o undocumented students is one that is directly linked to the degree of inclusion and acceptance that is present in their environment. A political context was evident in all three of the positions demonstrating that there is a larger policy context that is important in the identity development of this student population. Recommendations for practice and policy are offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ortiz, Anna
Commitee: Hernandez, John, Perez-Huber, Lindsay
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Social psychology, Educational psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Access, Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, Dreamers, Higher education, Latina/o, Undocumented
Publication Number: 10001599
ISBN: 978-1-339-41531-4
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