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Dominguez, A. (2014). Always in the back of your mind: Experiences of Latina/o U.S. citizens from mixed-immigration status households in higher education. (Master's Thesis). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS presented to the faculty of the graduate college at the University of Nebraska for partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration. Under the supervision of Corey Rumann. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 Alicia Dominguez


This qualitative research explores the experiences of students who are United States citizens, first-generation students, and members of mixed-status households. The aim of the research is to understand the complex experiences of navigating higher education as a student from a mixed-status household. Through a semi-structured interview protocol interviews were conducted with six Latina/o identifying students who were first-generation students and members of mixed-status households. All participants were enrolled at a Midwestern, predominantly white institution (PWI). Through LatCrit (Bernal, 2002) and Counterstorytelling (Yosso, 2002) these students were given the space and opportunity to tell their stories and experiences as U.S. citizens who are first-generation college students and members of mixed-status households. This research provides insights into the experiences of students from mixed-status households and brings awareness to the complex issues of immigration, immigration status, and immigration reform.

Advisor: Corey B. Rumann