Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Lolita A. Tabron, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kristina Hesbol, Ph.D.


Affirmative action, LatinX, Funds of knowledge


In this study, I explored how LatinX students understood affirmative action strategies used by higher education institutions through their Funds of Knowledge and how this knowledge shaped their post-secondary decisions. Using a qualitative case study design, I conducted semi-structured interviews, non-participant observations, and document analysis to center the voices of those underrepresented in the academy to support high school to university transition. The LatinX students’ awareness of affirmative action was present and, in many cases, was a factor in their decision to attend an institution of higher education. This awareness was often the result of guidance from an influential figure in their lives. Of the seven students interviewed, five explained that affirmative action did in fact play a direct role in their decision to enroll in a university in Colorado through financial aid or recruitment strategies. In this study, I offer a new and expanded understanding of affirmative action in Colorado through seven different student perspectives.

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