Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Bernadette M. Calafell, Ph.D.

Keywords

Chicana Feminism, Coyolxauhqui, Dialogical Performance, Reflexive Methodology, Undocumented Students

Abstract

In an increasingly hostile political and social climate undocumented students in the United States continue to struggle to find space for themselves within universities. This research project undertakes a goal of illuminating how undocumented students make sense of their experiences on university campuses despite facing difficult climates at their respective universities. A goal of this project is to better understand how the experiences of undocumented students are shaped in contrast to institutional policies. Universities with inclusive excellence policies, a new iteration of multicultural diversity policies, intended to create practices that make college campuses more inclusive spaces.

The perspectives of undocumented students are examined through interviews conducted from dialogical performance and Chicana feminist perspectives. Dialogical performance from the perspective of Dwight Conquergood as a method is bridged with Chicana feminist theories of Gloria Anzaldua, theories of Nepantla, New Tribalism, Spritual Activism, and the Coyolxauhqui Imperative, are bridged to. The bridging of these concepts heeds the calls by Chicana feminists to create a more inclusive research process and to develop anticolonial scholarship. Through these perspectives this project sheds light on the experiences of undocumented students on university campuses, specifically the challenges they face and their strategies for overcoming difficult situations.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Sergio Fernando Juarez

File size

239 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication

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