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Studying Latinx/a/o Students in Higher Education
A Critical Analysis of Concepts, Theory, and Methodologies

ISBN 9780367442507
Published May 10, 2021 by Routledge
214 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume examines the diverse Latinx/a/o student populations in higher education. Offering innovative approaches to understand the asset-based contributions of Latinx/a/o students and the communities they come from, this book showcases scholars from various disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, higher education, history, gender studies, and beyond. Chapter authors argue that various forms of knowledge and culturally relevant methodologies can help advance and promote the success and navigation of Latinx/a/o students. The contributors of this book challenge the deficit framing often found in higher education, and expand conceptualizations, theories, and methodologies used in the study of Latinx/a/o student populations to incorporate AfroLatinx/a/o perspectives, center Central American students in research, and bring Undocumented Critical Theory into the conversation.

This important work provides a guide for higher education and student affairs scholars and practitioners, helping create knowledge to better understand Latinx/a/o student populations in higher education.

Table of Contents


Daniel Solorzano

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Nichole M. Garcia, Cristobal Salinas Jr. & Jesus Cisneros

Chapter 2. Possibilities and Considerations for the Future of Student Development Theory Research

Ebelia Hernández

Chapter 3. The College Choice Process as a Latinx/a/o Family Affair

Janette Mariscal

Chapter 4. Social Connectedness and Latin* in Higher Education

Raquel Botello, & Johanna Torres

Chapter 5. Advancing Asset-Based Practices for Latinx/a/o College Students: The Application of Community Cultural Wealth Theory

Antonio Duran, Evelyn Grace, & Gustavo Molinar

Chapter 6. "Dime con quién andas y te diré quien eres": Theories and Methodologies that Center Latinx/a/o Epistemologies and Pedagogies

Judith Flores Carmona

Chapter 7. Consejitos as a Counter-hegemonic Peer Leadership Practice

Nydia C. Sánchez, & Estee Hernández

Chapter 8. Ganas as a Praxis: Cultural Responsiveness in Latinx/a/o Higher Education Success

Rebeca Mireles-Rios, Victor Rios, Bertin Solis, & Jose Gutierrez

Chapter 9. Trenzudas, Truchas, y Traviesas: Mapping Higher Education Through a Chicana Feminist Cartography

Verónica N. Vélez, Daisy Padilla Torres, & Dania López Jaramillo

Chapter 10. Rupturing from the Black-white racial binary: AfroLatina/o/x bridging the Black-Brown divide

Claudia García-Louis

Chapter 11. Centering Central American Students in Higher Education Research: A Proposal for Central American Student Self-Report (CASSR)

Blanca E. Vega, & Elizabeth Iris Rivera Rodas

Chapter 12. Undocumented Critical Theory in Education.

Carlos Aguilar

Chapter 13. Testimonio as Critical Race Feminista Methodology in Higher Education

Lindsay Pérez Huber

Chapter 14. A Futurity of Jotería Studies and Higher Education Research: Epistemological and Theoretical Shifts

Roberto Orozco



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Nichole M. Garcia is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and College Student Affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.

Cristobal Salinas Jr. is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University, USA.

Jesus Cisneros is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.


"This extraordinary text helps us better understand and improve the experiences of Latinas and Latinos in higher education. It also provides some remarkable tools to transform those higher education institutions and make the pathways for Latina and Latino students and other Students of Color more humane."

--From the Foreword by Daniel G. Solórzano, University of California, Los Angeles, USA