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    Editors’ Introduction

    Over the last few decades, scholars and practitioners in higher education have taken great pains to address issues of inequitable access to postsecondary education for Latina/o students in the United States. As Sylvia Hurtado’s foreword reminds us, although Latina/o students are now enrolling in higher
    education in far greater numbers than ever before, the promise and purpose of a college education only begin at the point of access. Ensuring equality of opportunity and collegiate success requires looking inside these institutional spaces that simultaneously create newfound safety and stifling fear, enriching
    connectedness and painful alienation, liberating discovery and collective struggle. Equality for Latina/o students cannot be achieved without devoted attention to understanding the quality of the varied college experiences of this population.

    In this special issue of the Harvard Educational Review, we call attention to the needs and interests of Latina/o students currently enrolled in our nation’s colleges and the ever-increasing population of future Latina/o undergraduates. In doing so we draw on the tradition of consejos—words of wisdom coming from those with experience—honoring both the insights of our contributors and the interpersonal advice that was critical to the persistence of many of the Latina/o students whose stories are presented here. Through six scholarly articles and eight personal narratives, this collection identifies unexplored questions, unchallenged assumptions, and new insights regarding Latina/o students’ undergraduate experiences. We urge readers to heed these lessons and to respond to the wake-up call for critically examining the existing structures and barriers to personal and intellectual development that are particular to Latina/o undergraduates.

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    Winter 2009 Issue


    Sylvia Hurtado
    Editors’ Introduction
    Ángeles, Sacrificios, y Dios
    A Puerto Rican Woman’s Journey Through Higher Education
    Marisa Rivera
    Latina/o Undergraduate Students Mentoring Latina/o Elementary Students
    A Borderlands Analysis of Shifting Identities and First-Year Experiences
    Dolores Delgado Bernal, Enrique Alemán Jr., and Andrea Garavito
    Existentialism at Home, Determinism Abroad
    A Small-Town Mexican American Kid Goes Global
    Joe Robert González
    From the Bricks to the Hall
    Mellie Torres
    The Re-Education of a Pocha-Rican
    How Latina/o Studies Latinized Me
    Arelis Hernandez
    Sin Papeles y Rompiendo Barreras
    Latino Students and the Challenges of Persisting in College
    Frances Contreras
    Dimensions of the Transfer Choice Gap
    Experiences of Latina and Latino Students Who Navigated Transfer Pathways
    Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd
    Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate for Latina/o Undergraduates
    Tara Yosso, William Smith, Miguel Ceja, and Daniel Solórzano
    Mexican American and Educated
    Marlen Vasquez
    Increasing Latino/a Representation in Math and Science
    An Insider’s Look
    Jarrad Aguirre
    Challenging Racist Nativist Framing
    Acknowledging the Community Cultural Wealth of Undocumented Chicana College Students to Reframe the Immigration Debate
    Lindsay Pérez Huber
    Results Not Typical
    One Latino Family’s Experiences in Higher Education
    Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Norma V. Jimenez Hernandez, Ruth Luevanos, Dulcemonica Jimenez, and Abel Jimenez Jr.
    Barriers to Success
    A Narrative of One Latina Student’s Struggles
    Jannell Robles
    The Xicana Sacred Space
    A Communal Circle of Compromiso for Educational Researchers
    Lourdes Diaz Soto, Claudia G. Cervantes-Soon, Elizabeth Villarreal, and Emmet E. Campos

    Book Notes

    Standing on the Outside Looking In
    edited by Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, Carla L. Morelon-Quainoo, Susan D. Johnson, Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, and Lilia Santiague.

    Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education
    Alejandra Rincón.

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