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Title:The Invisible Student: Undocumentation and Its Effects on UIUC Students
Author(s):Perea, Laura P.; Shea, Christine; Fuentes, Berenice; Briese, Rachel
ANTH399 S08
Abstract:Our research so far has allowed us to explore some of the aspects of Latino/a student life on campus. Our main focus is to understand the differences between the experience of undocumented students (or students from undocumented families) and those of documented status. As part of our research, we have conducted interviews with three undergraduate students, a graduate student, and one administrator regarding the different experiences of students on campus. Although our research is not complete yet, we have found that the individuals we have interviewed share some ideas about the lack of resources for undocumented students and students coming from undocumented families. Our main argument with this research project is that students of undocumented status, as well as students from undocumented families, face many obstacles due to lack of resources when pursuing higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Issue Date:2008
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-06

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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