Presentation Title

“I am the Only One”: Educators’ Experiences Working with Undocumented Students

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Clark-Ibanez

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 9:15 AM

Location

C155

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Educators in the San Diego County are working in a context where immigration authorities are deporting their students’ family members. The study focuses on the interviews of 35 educators educators and shares the practices they employ to support their undocumented students. Scholarly literature has shown the important role educators occupy in students’ lives. In the case of undocumented students, educators are found to be misinforming and discouraging students, while others can make the difference. Our research is grounded in collaborative, humanizing framework. Some findings include: they were the only one who undocumented students could trust; they had limited control over school context related to immigration issues; they found out about their students’ immigration status relative late in students’ the high school experience; demonstrated conflict with students’ ambitions and parental concerns; lacked key knowledge; and, some displayed color blind racism. This study represents one of the largest qualitative studies about educators who work with undocumented students. We recommend advocacy for comprehensive, inclusive, and humane immigration reform.

Summary of research results to be presented

These are the common themes we found throughout the interviews we conducted: Educators are passionately committed to working with their students, educators felt they were alone in providing support for their undocumented students, many educators were unaware of their students’ immigration status, educators and their students have differing priorities when it comes to educational paths, educators had misinformed information concerning undocumented students, and educators were unknowingly engaging in color blind racism.

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Nov 17th, 9:00 AM Nov 17th, 9:15 AM

“I am the Only One”: Educators’ Experiences Working with Undocumented Students

C155

Educators in the San Diego County are working in a context where immigration authorities are deporting their students’ family members. The study focuses on the interviews of 35 educators educators and shares the practices they employ to support their undocumented students. Scholarly literature has shown the important role educators occupy in students’ lives. In the case of undocumented students, educators are found to be misinforming and discouraging students, while others can make the difference. Our research is grounded in collaborative, humanizing framework. Some findings include: they were the only one who undocumented students could trust; they had limited control over school context related to immigration issues; they found out about their students’ immigration status relative late in students’ the high school experience; demonstrated conflict with students’ ambitions and parental concerns; lacked key knowledge; and, some displayed color blind racism. This study represents one of the largest qualitative studies about educators who work with undocumented students. We recommend advocacy for comprehensive, inclusive, and humane immigration reform.