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:
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.