Presentation Title

Undocumented American Dreams: Stop, Continue, Stop...

Faculty Mentor

Thao Ha, Magdalena Zepeda

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:00 AM

Location

Markstein 213

Session

oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Undocumented students are on all campuses, especially community college campuses since they are financially more afforadable. Yet the lack of resources complicate the attainment of a degree. This study will examine the adversities, obstacles, and disadvantages undocumented college students face naviagting through a institutionally racist education system and in society based on their lived experiences (Gonzales 2010). Through the multi-layered approach employed, this study will discuss legislation that attempts to close equity gaps in higher education for undocumented students (Abrego 2008), while highlighting factors as to why equity has not yet been fully achieved due to systemic barriers, certain policies, and practices in higher education. As an intern for MiraCosta College’s UPRISE Program (Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment), which serves undocumented and mixed status students and their families, I have a unique lens for participant observation. I will use UPRISE events as sites of study to contextualize the program’s services. Thus, through a collection of field notes observing the dynamics of how students and their families engage with the information presented, and an evaluation of surveys I will examine the results to contextualize the realities of undocumented students narratives. Additionally, I will interpret data collected to conclude how the MiraCosta UPRISE program is supporting Undocumented/Mixed Status students and how they can improve.

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Nov 23rd, 8:45 AM Nov 23rd, 9:00 AM

Undocumented American Dreams: Stop, Continue, Stop...

Markstein 213

Undocumented students are on all campuses, especially community college campuses since they are financially more afforadable. Yet the lack of resources complicate the attainment of a degree. This study will examine the adversities, obstacles, and disadvantages undocumented college students face naviagting through a institutionally racist education system and in society based on their lived experiences (Gonzales 2010). Through the multi-layered approach employed, this study will discuss legislation that attempts to close equity gaps in higher education for undocumented students (Abrego 2008), while highlighting factors as to why equity has not yet been fully achieved due to systemic barriers, certain policies, and practices in higher education. As an intern for MiraCosta College’s UPRISE Program (Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment), which serves undocumented and mixed status students and their families, I have a unique lens for participant observation. I will use UPRISE events as sites of study to contextualize the program’s services. Thus, through a collection of field notes observing the dynamics of how students and their families engage with the information presented, and an evaluation of surveys I will examine the results to contextualize the realities of undocumented students narratives. Additionally, I will interpret data collected to conclude how the MiraCosta UPRISE program is supporting Undocumented/Mixed Status students and how they can improve.