Much of the current literature surrounding those who have experienced incarceration revolves around education in prison and how education reduces recidivism. This type of research either excludes the experiences of those currently in education or presents students in a deficit perspective. This qualitative study seeks to utilize Community Cultural Wealth and Funds of Knowledge to examine the experiences of 16 formerly incarcerated Latinx/a/o students enrolled in various levels of academia (Undergraduate/Masters/ Doctorate) at California public universities, and have journeyed through higher education to find success. Through one-on-one interviews, the study presents information that the students indeed did possess unrecognized capital and drew on the knowledge they acquired from prison or the streets. Also, the data presented how students were able to successfully navigate institutions of higher education, overcome obstacles they faced, were able to utilize there lived experience to help them thrive, and finally, through utilizing various types of supports were able to build resiliency in higher education. Finally, the study also found that students sought to make a difference in the lives of others, shatter ill-conceived notions of those who have experienced incarceration, and inspire others with similar backgrounds to embark on their own successful academic journey
|Commitee:||Felix, Diana, Binnall, James, Torres, Anacany|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Formerly Incarcerated students, Higher education, Latinx/a/o, Resiliency, Students strengths, Students with criminal records|
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