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The experiences of undocumented Latina/o youth during their transition to college
by Ramirez, Brianna R., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 111; 10259500
Abstract (Summary)

Guided by the critical network analytic framework and liminal legality, this qualitative study explored the experiences of undocumented Latina/o youth in their first year in college to gain insight into their experiences during a critical transition in their educational and life trajectories. This work centered the experiences of youth within a policy context of contradictions that provides increased opportunities, but continues to impose restrictions and control on the life and educational aspirations of the undocumented community. This scholarship aimed to understand how students’ transition to college is impacted by current immigration and educational policies, particularly the California Dream Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This research describes the racist nativist microaggressions youth experienced throughout their educational trajectories, the multiple ways policy impacted the transition to college, and the navigational strategies youth employed to matriculate to higher education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez Huber, Lindsay
Commitee: Coots, Jennifer, Moreno-Alcaraz, Rosa
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Multicultural Education, Hispanic American studies, Higher education
Keywords: College transition, Cultural brokering, Higher education, Immigration policy, Racist nativism, Undocumented youth
Publication Number: 10259500
ISBN: 978-1-369-68526-8
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