Presentation Title

Latinas’ Experiences in Higher Education: Balancing Work and Family Obligations while Prioritizing Academic Responsibilities

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lauren McDonald

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

Markstein 107

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Although, the Latina/o population is the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the U.S. today, they continue to be underrepresented in college enrollment. Despite the fact that there have been studies conducted showing the gap between other ethnicities and Latina/os in college, there have been only a few studies that have explored how the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender and family play a role in college completion. This research study surveyed 217 Latinas completing their undergraduate education at California State University Northridge. With identifying as Latina/Hispanic and being currently enrolled at a university as the only eligibility requirements. The survey conducted was a descriptive survey because it is not representative of the percentage of Latinas in every major or year. It asked questions focused on student demographics, employment, living situation, and the role that family plays in the prioritization of academic, work, and familial responsibilities.

My findings reveal that there is an incongruency between family, academic, and work obligations. Of the 217 responses, Latinas expressed that family responsibilities at home take away from their focus at school, as well as over half stating that the hours, they spent working depended on their family’s financial necessities at the moment. However, the Latinas that are successful in maintaining enrollment tend to prioritize academic responsibilities even if they have to sacrifice their commitment to work and familial expectations.

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Nov 23rd, 10:30 AM Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM

Latinas’ Experiences in Higher Education: Balancing Work and Family Obligations while Prioritizing Academic Responsibilities

Markstein 107

Although, the Latina/o population is the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the U.S. today, they continue to be underrepresented in college enrollment. Despite the fact that there have been studies conducted showing the gap between other ethnicities and Latina/os in college, there have been only a few studies that have explored how the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender and family play a role in college completion. This research study surveyed 217 Latinas completing their undergraduate education at California State University Northridge. With identifying as Latina/Hispanic and being currently enrolled at a university as the only eligibility requirements. The survey conducted was a descriptive survey because it is not representative of the percentage of Latinas in every major or year. It asked questions focused on student demographics, employment, living situation, and the role that family plays in the prioritization of academic, work, and familial responsibilities.

My findings reveal that there is an incongruency between family, academic, and work obligations. Of the 217 responses, Latinas expressed that family responsibilities at home take away from their focus at school, as well as over half stating that the hours, they spent working depended on their family’s financial necessities at the moment. However, the Latinas that are successful in maintaining enrollment tend to prioritize academic responsibilities even if they have to sacrifice their commitment to work and familial expectations.