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Faculty Colloquium Series: Dr. Cinthya Salazar (EAHRD) 3/28/23

"Where do I go from here? Examining the Transition of Graduating Undocumented College Students"
We welcome your attendance in GLAS 311 or online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 978 7784 0583
Passcode: Salazar

Where do I go from here? Examining the Transition of Graduating Undocumented College Students”

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 4-5pm

We welcome your attendance in GLAS 311
Or online via Zoom

Zoom Meeting information:
Meeting ID: 978 7784 0583
Password: Salazar

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Dr. Cinthya Salazar, Assistant Professor | Department of Educational Administration & Human Resources Development


In this paper, Salazar and co-authors examine how undocumented students with and without DACA navigate the college graduation process and transition out of higher education. Little is known about this significant life event that can involve numerous new challenges and opportunities for undocumented students. Thus, to begin understanding this transition, we conducted a longitudinal and exploratory qualitative study that involved three interviews with 23 participants over one year. The data revealed that for undocumented students, graduating from college involved renegotiating their roles and relationships, and redefining their sense of selves. While participants expected to transition out of higher education, their college graduation process included unanticipated events and non-events that tinted their accomplishments. Salazar and co-authors conclude this manuscript with implications for higher education research and practice.

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