Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Legally Excluded: The Story Behind Their Status
by Sierra, Brenda , M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 77; 27829321
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the challenges and protective factors that undocumented college graduates experience. In this study, eight undocumented individuals who successfully graduated from a 4-year university in California endured several psychological challenges prior to immigrating to the United States during the migration process, and throughout their acculturation process in the United States findings from interviews revealed that prior to immigrating, these graduates experienced a consistent change of environment. During the migration process, the participants identified physical dangers and family separation as main themes during this phase of migration. As they transitioned to the United States, these students experienced systematic oppression and cultural marginalization. Despite these challenging experiences, the participants were able to identify familial support, personal resilience, and the goal to become a role model as their biggest motivations to achieve a post-secondary degree. The findings of this study provide an insight on how to better support and encourage undocumented students to pursue a higher education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kim, Mimi
Commitee: Santhiveeran, Janaki, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Education
Keywords: AB540, California DREAM Act, DACA, Post-secondary degree, Protective factors, Undocumented students
Publication Number: 27829321
ISBN: 9798662594241
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