As undocumented students enroll in college, they are met with a variety of challenges that can hinder their progress through higher education. Immigration-related policies, financial issues, and unwelcoming college climates are some of the obstacles identified often by literature. By overcoming these obstacles and graduating college, a low percentage of undocumented students have demonstrated to have what it takes to succeed in college. Capturing the experiences of current undocumented community college students, this qualitative study explored how nine undocumented Latinx students developed and used their assets and various forms of capital to navigate this sector of education. The college experiences of participants in this study confirmed the existence and use of Community Cultural Wealth (CCW). In particular, aspirational, familial, navigational, social and spiritual forms of capital demonstrated to help participants navigate community college. To support undocumented college students considering their CCW, implications of this study are discussed in addition to recommendations for policy, practice and research.
|Commitee:||Pérez Huber, Lindsay, Yernazian, Carolina|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Community college education, Latin American Studies, Ethnic studies, Educational administration, Educational leadership, Education Policy|
|Keywords:||Community Cultural Wealth, Latinx students, Undocumented students, College enrollment, Unwelcoming college climates, Graduation rates, Community college students|
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