Harvard Educational Review
  1. Spring 2021 Issue »

    “She Did Not Find One That Was for Me”

    The College Pathways of the Mexican and Central American Undocumented 1.25 Generation

    DAYSI XIMENA DIAZ-STRONG
    In this article, Daysi Ximena Diaz-Strong draws on interviews with Mexican and Central American 1.25 generation undocumented young adults to examine what shaped their access to financial resources in their college-going transitions. Although scholars have demonstrated that school agents and peers are critical to accessing resources and that stratified schools create unequal access to resources, this knowledge derives from the experiences of the 1.5 generation, and little is known about the college pathways of the undocumented 1.25 generation. Through a social capital lens, Diaz-Strong shows how undocumented 1.25 generation immigrants encounter structural disadvantages in accessing resources and how, arriving in adolescence, they experience below-level course placement and have little time to learn the US system. This article extends our understanding of the factors shaping the college pathways of undocumented youth and shows how immigrants’ life stage on arrival interacts with school sorting mechanisms to create differential access to financial resources.

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    Daysi Ximena Diaz-Strong (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9352-9496), is an assistant professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Diaz-Strong’s immigrant background shaped her research interests in the educational and developmental trajectories of Latino/a/x undocumented immigrants in the United States. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the college experiences of undocumented students and the transition to adulthood of undocumented young adults who immigrated to the US as adolescents.
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