Students Without Documentation: Context and Solutions to Navigating Systemic Barriers in Higher Education
This professional project includes five chapters, with the fourth chapter being a draft of an article, which is the culmination of this professional project. This professional project identified gaps in past literature and examined institutional barriers that impact access to higher education institutions for students without documentation (SWD) at the state and federal levels. The draft of the article for this project will explore the policy and sociopolitical context that impacts SWD as they navigate higher education. Further, the article draft suggests ways to support SWD informed by past literature. The social factors that impact SWD and will be discussed are the following: social capital, mental health, misconceptions, and invisibility. Lastly, the draft of the article concludes with an action plan for educational professionals and relevant ways to advocate for SWD to help them thrive in higher education and life. The importance of a long-term solution at the federal level for immigration reform to increase access to higher education institutions for SWD will be emphasized.
Keywords: immigration, students without documentation, DACA, DREAMers, higher education.
Date of Award
Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
immigration, students without documentation, DACA, DREAMers, higher education
Type (DCMI Terms)
Educational Leadership | Higher Education
Cerda Ortiz, M. J. (2022). Students Without Documentation: Context and Solutions to Navigating Systemic Barriers in Higher Education (master's thesis). Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/234
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