Surviving and Thriving: Voices of Latina/o Engineering Students at a Hispanic serving Institution
Latina/o, Engineering, Intersectionality, Hispanic serving institutions, Consensual qualitative research
Morgridge College of Education, Counseling Psychology
This study examined factors that played a role in Latina/o undergraduate students’ persistence in engineering at a Hispanic serving institution (HSI; N = 10) using the consensual qualitative research method (CQR; Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997). Data analyses resulted in five domains: institutional conditions, additive intersectional burdens, personal and cultural wealth, coping skills, and engineering identity. Participants described how they persisted in the face of stressors, citing specific coping skills they developed over time as well as general personal and cultural strengths they carried with them into their pursuit of engineering. Although the structures of the students’ institution were generally described as supportive, Latina participants reported experiences with gendered racism that created added barriers to their persistence in engineering. Supportive institutional conditions, personal and cultural assets, and adaptive coping strategies appeared to facilitate the development of a strong engineering identity, which helped to solidify students’ sense of belonging, pride, and commitment to complete their degree. Results highlight the need to address intersecting experiences of privilege and oppression to promote access and equity for Latinas/os in engineering.
Garriott, Patton O, Navarro, Rachel L, Flores, Lisa Y, Lee, Hang-Shim, Carrero Pinedo, Ayli, Slivensky, Diana, . . . Lee, Bo Hyun. (2019). Surviving and Thriving: Voices of Latina/o Engineering Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 66(4), 437-448. doi: 10.1037/cou0000351.
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