A good dissertation…is a done dissertation

I am happy to report that as of two weeks ago today, I joined the ranks of Latina/os with advanced degrees.  Sitting in the grand Mullins Center on the UMASS Amherst campus, I received my Doctorate in Education.  Last week, I submitted an article online at Being Latino, where I am a Contributor.  The article was on Latino parental involvement and it has generated some buzz from different areas.  If you want to check it out, you can link to the article here:

http://beinglatino.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/parents-the-latino-secret-weapon-in-education/#more-18388

Of course, writing for an online news source means that I am very limited in what I am able to communicate.  In 500 words or less, it is not feasible to expand on the complexities and nuances of Latinos, parents, and education.  I am very excited that readers and bloggers are talking about this recent article and I hope this spurs a greater discourse on Latina/os and education.

The inspiration from the Being Latino article comes from the work that I did on my dissertation.  The dissertation itself explored Latina/o parental involvement.  For the research component, I worked with Latina/o college students to talk with them about their descriptions and interpretations of parental involvement.  These students were dynamic, engaging, and insightful on their views regarding the state of Latina/os in higher education.

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