Institute for Latino Studies Student Research Briefs

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Undergraduate students in Latino studies community-based research courses taught by Professors Marisel Moreno-Anderson and Karen Richman launched a Student Research Series in 2007. The launch of the publication was supported by the Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame’s President’s Circle, the Office of Research and the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Foundation. The briefs are intended to inform scholars, community leaders, service providers, and the public at large about local Latino settlement, contributions, and challenges in the South Bend area. Topics include arts, culture, demography, education, entrepreneurship, family, gender, health care, housing, identity, immigration, labor, language, politics, religion and youth.



Citizenship and Civic Participation

Children and Youth

Family and Households

Regional Research


Immigration and Transnationalism

Labor and the Economy



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    Erin Jelm

    Grounded in extensive literature review and primary ethnographic research in the Mexican immigrant community. Explores the role of social networks as essential sources of support and generators of social capital for Latino immigrants as they adjust to life in the United States. Whereas in U.S. “American” culture, kinship is defined as biogenetic, Latino culture is characteristically more flexible with its interpretation. “Family” includes extended relatives and even close …

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