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Academic Cultural Guides: Sponsors of academic literacy development

Luis Balmore Rivas, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation explores Hispanic/Latino students' perceptions about language association and identity, the institution, and white professors at a small Midwestern liberal arts college. Issues addressed include the origin of a stigmatized relationship between Euro-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. and its spill into academia, negative perceptions that affect students' performance and persistence in the university, discussing the culture of power of the institution with students as a form of sponsorship, and providing academic literacy sponsorship through an Academic Cultural Guide role. The dissertation concludes with examples of strategies I have used in the first-year writing classroom to establish transparency of my role as instructor, teach literacy narratives, and foster relationships with students to meet their academic needs. ^

Subject Area

Education, Bilingual and Multicultural|Language, Rhetoric and Composition|Hispanic American Studies

Recommended Citation

Rivas, Luis Balmore, "Academic Cultural Guides: Sponsors of academic literacy development" (2008). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3297860.