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    “Con Mucho Sacrificio, We Give Them Everything We Can”

    The Strategic Day-to-Day Sacrifices of Undocumented Latina/o Parents

    Stephany Cuevas
    In this research article, Stephany Cuevas explores how undocumented Latina/o parents are engaged in their children’s higher education goals and aspirations. Specifically, she investigates how the constraints created by the consequences of their undocumented immigration status, or their “illegality,” impact this engagement. Through in-depth interviews with fifteen undocumented Latina/o parents with children who successfully applied to, were accepted by, and matriculated to a selective public institution in California, Cuevas finds that undocumented parents make intentional day-to-day sacrificios for their children’s educational attainment, prioritizing their children’s educational financial needs over their own basic needs. While these engagement behaviors are similar to those of other parent populations, Cuevas argues that these investments come at a higher and more personal cost for undocumented immigrant parents. The findings of this study are essential for reconceptualizing research and practice to consider the impact of an immigration status on Latina/o parental engagement.

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    Stephany Cuevas is an Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellow at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the factors that shape the postsecondary aspirations, trajectories, and success of first-generation Latinx college students. Particularly, she is interested in the central role families have in shaping Latinx students’ educational experiences. Before graduate school, Cuevas was actively involved in K–12 outreach community programming in California.
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    Fall 2019 Issue


    Money over Merit?
    Socioeconomic Gaps in Receipt of Gifted Services
    Jason A. Grissom, Christopher Redding, and Joshua F. Bleiberg

    Book Notes

    Borders of Belonging
    Heide Castañeda

    Under Pressure
    Lisa Damour

    Awakening Democracy Through Public Work
    Harry C. Boyte, with contributions from Marie Ström, Isak Tranvik, Tami Moore, Susan O’Connor, and Donna Patterson

    The Privileged Poor
    Anthony Abraham Jack

    The Human Side of Changing Education
    Julie M. Wilson, foreword by Arthur Levine