Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Si Se Puede: Undocumented Latinx Students Navigating Community College
by Baaz Medina, Maria Del Carmen, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 133; 28025160
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haviland, Don
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
Publication Number: 28025160
ISBN: 9798698590743
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