Undocumented Latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences
ISBN-13: 978-1-59332-461-2 / Hardcover
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 186 pages
"A passionate appeal for facilitating college access for undocumented students. For educators and administrators whose lives intersect with them, this book will offer many insights and clarification of both the challenges and the resilience of undocumented students." -- The International Journal of Multicultural Education
"Community college researchers, practitioners, and administrators could benefit enormously from reading this book." -- The Review of Higher Education
PÃ©rez and CortÃ©s examine how undocumented Latino community college students cope with the challenges created by their legal status. They find that students experience feelings of shame, anger, despair, marginalization, and uncertainty stemming from discrimination, anti-immigrant sentiment, fear of deportation, and systemic barriers (e.g., ineligibility for financial aid). Despite moments of despair and an uncertain future, rather than become dejected, students reframe their circumstances in positive terms. Findings also highlight the importance of student advocates on campus, as well as the need to educate college personnel. The conclusion discusses the socioemotional implications of studentsâ€™ ongoing legal marginality, and makes suggestions for institutional practices.