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Sophia Rodriguez: “Immigration knocks on the door, and it’s like being in jail..”: Exploring How Undocumented Immigrant Youth Navigate Racialization in the U.S. South
This presentation provides ethnographic evidence of how undocumented immigrants navigate racialization processes. The research occurs in a focal state in the New Latino South, a hostile context toward immigrants, and one that has a long history of complex race relations. I situate this research in Saenz & Douglas’ (2015) call for the racialization of immigration. The data from a three-year critical ethnography reveal how the youth talk about policy constraints that impact their access to educational opportunity and social mobility, the variation in school support they receive, and how this impacts their sense of belonging to school. Implications for educators and school-based personnel as well as methodological implications for studying sensitive populations are discussed. It is imperative that educators and policymakers understand the conditions that undocumented youth navigate in order to advocate for their educational rights and social supports.

Sophia Rodriguez is an assistant professor of urban education and education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and a recent visiting scholar at the Center for the Social Organization of schools at Johns Hopkins University (2020). Dr. Rodriguez's interdisciplinary scholarship, drawing on tools from education, anthropology, and sociology, asks questions about the social and cultural contexts of education policy and practice. Her integrated research agenda addresses issues related to racial equity, urban education, and policy, and centralizes minoritized youth voices. The bulk of her recent research focuses on the experiences of undocumented and unaccompanied immigrant youth in K-12 schools.

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Oct 15, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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