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Title:Campus battlegrounds: Puerto Rican student activism in higher education and community leadership in Chicago, 1970-1985
Author(s):Velez, Angel L.
Director of Research:Anderson, James D.; Pak, Yoon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, James D.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Zamani-Gallaher, Eboni M.; Welton, Anjale
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Puerto Rican history
student activism
higher education
community leadership
Abstract:This dissertation analyzes the Puerto Rican student struggle in Chicago’s higher education from 1970 to 1985. Throughout this period, Puerto Rican student activists fought to transform a racist higher education system. I argue that higher education served as a training battleground where Puerto Rican student activists could systematize and articulate community knowledge to address educational, political, and community concerns. Drawing on thirteen semi-structured interviews and extensive archival records, Campus Battlegrounds analyzes the interlink between community struggle, student activism, and political leadership. The findings suggest that Puerto Rican student activists, informed by community leaders, demanded change in higher education. After college, Puerto Rican student activists utilized their knowledge alongside a college credential to struggle for political representation and resources for the Puerto Rican community in Chicago. This dissertation adds important directions to the study of student activism, particularly the linkage between community struggles and radical student activism. It also inserts Puerto Rican student activism into the broader literature of student activism. In the end, I argue that the Puerto Rican campus-based movement, due to their connections to Puerto Rican community activists, benefited from their leadership, thus providing Puerto Rican student activists with a great source of stability and longevity that continues today.
Issue Date:2021-07-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Angel Luis Velez Rodriguez
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-01-12
Date Deposited:2021-08

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