Conceptualizing the undocumented college student's legal status.

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2014-05
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Mũnoz, Alejandra, 1986-
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Undocumented students in pursuit of a college education face a unique intersection of conflicting identities: one that potentially gives them a higher societal status by joining the social category of “college student,” and one that is associated with a social stigma that comes from the label of “undocumented.” Higher education institutions provide a place for undocumented students to navigate their legal status identity, make sense of it, shape it, and define it. In addition, the impact college has on a student’s social status can profoundly affect their life through opportunities for movement within society. This research study explored the following question: What is the role of college in how an undocumented student defines status ownership?

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Undocumented college students., Undocumented students., Undocumented., Undocumented students in higher education., Legal status college student., Social status undocumented student., Legal status identity., Status ownership., Social status college student., Social impact of college., Social impact of college for undocumented students., Conflicting identities undocumented college student., Social identity undocumented college students., Role of college for undocumented students.
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