Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social Identities: Latino Males’ Academic Experiences in a Community College Setting
by Barnes-Smith, Tonia Rochelle, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 342; 28157434
Abstract (Summary)

Latino male students continue to graduate from community college at a much lower rate than their peers. This qualitative descriptive study was designed to explore how Latino male students describe their academic experiences in a community college setting while they identify with race and gender as intersecting identities. The intersectionality theory provided the theoretical framework for this research study. The study’s sample consisted of 16 Latino males who were currently enrolled in a community college in the eastern part of the United States. The findings of the study were primarily from the one-on-one interviews and the second data source was a focus group of 5 participants. Braun and Clarke’s six steps framework for thematic analysis was used to analyze these data. Thirteen themes emerged: cultural identity, multiple identity, academic experiences, experiences of oppression, first/second generation, K-12 education, support systems, racial bias, racial privilege, challenges and barriers, cultural values, gender bias, and gender privilege. The findings show how Latino males attempt to balance their everyday life dealing with challenges and barriers and still pursue higher education. The Latino males continue to pursue higher education because of the motivation of family, friends, peers, and educators. Also, negative stereotypes of the Latino male push them to succeed to prove others wrong while they identify with their race and gender as intersecting identities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whatley, Jennifer
Commitee: Girdley, Angela, Palomino, Nydia
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education, Community college education, Social research, Latin American Studies, Metaphysics, Ethnic studies, Educational administration, Education Policy, Cultural Resources Management
Keywords: Community college, Identity, Intersectionality theory, Latino male students, Minorities, Academic experiences, K-12 education, Graduation rates, United States
Publication Number: 28157434
ISBN: 9798691284670
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