Immigrant Children Negotiate School: The Border in Our Hearts

Immigrant Children Negotiate School: The Border in Our Hearts
Donna Vukelich-Selva
February 2014

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-700-2 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 152 pages

Price   $69.00


Vukelich-Selva gives voice to young Latino immigrant students from a school, Prairie Heights, in the upper Midwest. While the students’ presence is growing exponentially, they have not been granted full participation in the school’s circles of power. Vukelich-Selva takes their stories out of the shadows and places them in the larger historical context of immigrant students and education. She offers insight regarding the importance of the border and related issues of citizenship for Latino immigrant students. She urges educators to listen to and respect the stories of their Latino students and to understand the crucial ways that race, culture, and legal status impact student identity and success.

About the Author

Donna Vukelich-Selva is Assistant Professor of Education at Edgewood College in Madison, where she also teaches in the Ethnic Studies Program. Before coming to Edgewood, she lived and taught in Nicaragua for more than 15 years. Along with her academic work, she is involved in many community initiatives to support immigrant students and defend public education in Madison.