Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Nancy J. Evans

Abstract

Language is an integral part of the Latino/a community. For Latinos/as, language is a symbolic marker of ethnic authenticity; however, no higher education research exists describing the ethnic identity development of non-Spanish speaking Latinos/as. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand how non-speaking Spanish Latinos/as understood their status within the Latino/a community and the larger campus community. Utilizing Torres's (1999, 2003) work on ethnic identity development to situate participants' ethnic identity development, three themes emerged as descriptive of student's lived experiences: (a) It is a Midwest thing; (b) I am not that type of Hispanic; and (c) family. Implications for student affairs professional are discussed. In addition, recommendations for future research are explored.

Copyright Owner

Hector A. Limon

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

164 pages

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