Undocumented Latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences

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Undocumented Latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences


Kaplan, Mitchell A., The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education


Undocumented latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences by William Pérez, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., and Richard Douglas Cortés, Glendale Community College, Glendale. Calif. Published by LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, El Paso, ISBN: 978-15332-461-2, 186 pages. Hardcover list $65

William Pérez is associale professor of education at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif, Richard Douglas Cortes is an academic and transfer counselor al Glendale Community College in Glendale. Calif. Their latest book, Undocumented Latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences, summarizes the results of a research project that examines the psychosocial, economic and institutional challenges encountered by Latinos with undocumented immigrant status who want to pursue higher education in the United Stales. Utilizing survey dala from in-deplh interviews conducted with a cross-sectional sample of male and female students and administrative staff at select community colleges around Ute country, lite researchers highlight Hie social impact that these challenges have upon the academic outcomes and psychological well-being of Latino students who are undocumented. The research found that Latino students with undocumented immigrant status attending community colleges face significant social barriers to participation in on-campus programs and tend to experience higher levels of psychological stress and marginalization in comparison to the general student population at their institutions. The research also found that administrative staff and college faculty are not trained to deal with the special problems presented by (lie undocumented student population. …

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