Tag Archives: Undocumented

Undocumented and Unwanted: Attending College Against the Odds

Late last year, LFB Scholarly Publishing approached me regarding publishing my dissertation in their series, The New Americans, edited by Steven J. Gold and Ruben G. Rumbaut. I was honored and excited at the opportunity to share the stories of nine undocumented immigrant college students with a larger audience. I devoted every weekend of winter […]

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The Pullias Center in 2013: New Year’s Predictions and Resolutions

After a week’s worth of lectures in Sydney I had a splendid time touring Western Australia. We trekked 60 kilometers in three days on the Bibbulmun Track (now we only have another 940 kilometers to complete its entire distance!). We also did our fair share of wine tasting along the Margaret River, visiting friends, and […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Future Directions

The next Congress and presidential administration might finally deliver the Dream Act or comprehensive immigration reform. In the meantime, DACA will undoubtedly impact the undocumented student experience in significant ways. Although an estimated 2 million young adults may be eligible for it, many will not be able benefit due to past legal troubles that disqualify […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Civic Engagement/Activism

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the academic research on undocumented students in recent years has focused on their activism. Their ability to influence policy at the local and national level continues to inspire academic interest in understanding how marginalized youth become empowered and how their efforts evolve into a social movement. Recently, it feels like […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Academic Success

A significant trend in the research on undocumented students is the focus on academic achievement and the ways in which the fortunate few that have been able to pass through the eye of the needle to access higher education. Various studies chronicle the daunting odds overcome by undocumented students who enter and graduate from college. […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Institutional Contexts

Research studies conclusively highlight the positive effects of in-state tuition legislation on undocumented student higher education enrollment. We also know about the challenges students face once they enroll. Studies suggest that faculty and staff often hold prejudice views against undocumented students. In states with in-state tuition policies, higher education staff that disagree with the policy […]

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education: Notes From the Field

The first research presentation I gave on my work with undocumented students was in 2006 in Anaheim, California at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference. My graduate students and I wondered how the audience would react. Would there be a fierce debate? What would we do with a hostile audience […]

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Deferred Action and My Five Victors

I seriously do have five friends named Victor. Well, one of them is really named Vitor, but he used Victor as his name until like five years ago. By then, it was too late, we were already about 10 years in—old habits are hard to break. I started to think about these men named Victor […]

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College Access and the Promise of Higher Education

I imagine it takes an extreme amount of courage to migrate from one country to another, to leave your wife and three daughters for the uncertain promise of a better job and more opportunity. That is what Diane’s father did. He immigrated to Los Angeles, obtained a manufacturing job, learned English, and saved money. He […]

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Giving thanks now and in the future

Now is the time to give thanks. I am thankful for having good health, professional successes, and old and new friends and family. When I consider major trends in education, however, giving thanks is more difficult.  Don’t get me wrong—there are people and events for which to be thankful. This year, Governor Brown signed legislation […]

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