As an expansion of CLPR’s immigration research agenda this working group includes community organizations, graduate students, and international and national scholars who are interested in the social and economic dynamics of the increasing migration within and beyond Yucatán, México. The working group examines the processes that lead to migration and the impact of migration on family structure, education, and economic mobility. Other issues being explored by this group include the ways in which Maya identity has been constructed and transformed over time, including identity strategies employed by political systems in Yucatán and its diaspora.The group is also examining the existing literature on migration practices from Yucatán to other parts of México and to the United States focusing on migration to northern California, a geographical area presently experiencing high rates of immigration from the Yucatán region.
For more information please contact:
Professor Patricia Baquedano-López, pbl “at” berkeley “dot” edu
Language, Immigration, and Race Working Group
Our working group consists of graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow in the EMST, HDE, POME, and LLSC programs of the Graduate School of Education. Under the advisement of Professors Patricia Baquedano-López and Tina Trujillo, the goal of our working group is to better understand the ways in which language, culture, institutions, and race mediate the learning processes, experiences, social interactions, and educational trajectories of the diverse Latino community. The themes addressed by the working group include: educational equity and reform, Latino parent interactions with educational institutions and advocacy, English Language Learners and science education, teachers’ beliefs and teacher education, language policy, college readiness, and migrant education.
Asset Acquisition Among Low-income Latino Immigrants: Research Work Group
In research on poverty among Latino immigrants, asset poverty is rarely considered. Yet families with similar funds but with assets (home or business, post-secondary education) experience positive outcomes beyond economic gains: including children’s improved academic performance. The purpose of this group is to develop research to contribute to this gap in the literature. We meet weekly to analyze interviews we conduct with clients of a Bay Area agency that has an Independent Development Program. Our core group is made up of undergraduate student researchers involved in the project, led by Joanna Doran, a graduate student coordinating the research. We warmly welcome any students, faculty, and scholars with any interest in the topic to join our discussion and contribute to the analysis. However, due to the sensitive nature of the material we are discussing, open enrollment in the group is not possible. Please contact Joanna Doran for details.