Multilayered analyses of the experiences of undocumented latinx college students

Yue Brian Shi, Laura E. Jimenez-Arista, Joshua Cruz, Terrence S. McTier, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg

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Being the target of constant discrimination and marginalization can often cause intense negative psychological reactions and shame for undocumented students. The following qualitative study describes past and current undocumented Latinx students’ experiences of educational inequality in higher education influenced by labels associated with “being undocumented.” In this study we used a constructivist theoretical perspective which enabled us to focus on undocumented participants’ perspectives, experiences, meaning-making processes, values, and beliefs. Data was collected through hour-long, semi-structured interviews with five undocumented students. Student narratives were analyzed using a multi-layered analysis approach: (1) narrative, (2) thematic, and (3) critical incident analysis. Findings for this study provided insight on the narratives of carrying labels, themes associated with various labels, and critical incidents in the narratives and lives of undocumented students. Through our findings, we are able to contribute to existing literature and provide directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)2603-2621
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Critical incidents
  • Labels
  • Latinx
  • Narratives
  • Students
  • Undocumented

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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