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.

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Education

Citizenship and Civic Participation

Children and Youth

Family and Households

Regional Research

Gender

Immigration and Transnationalism

Labor and the Economy

Healthcare

Religion

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  • Author(s):
    Sean Himel
    Abstract:

    Study of the cultural construction and experience of pain among Mexican immigrant women in relation to childbirth in comparison to Anglo-Americans.

    Date Published:
    2015
    Date Created:
    2015-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Laura Camarata, Hannah Petersen
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    Examines the state of Latino parental involvement in early education. Fieldwork conducted through El Campito Child Development Center.

    Date Published:
    2015
    Date Created:
    2015-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Ruby Amezquita, Jonathan Lopez
    Abstract:

    Shows how Mexican immigrants encounter a new cultural construct of adolescence in the United States. Examines how conflicting inter-generational cultural experiences affect adolescence among Mexican-American youth in South Bend. Features interviews with young females preparing for and experiencing quinceañera and young males going through a defacto masculine rite of passage into gangs.

    Date Published:
    2006-12-01
    Date Created:
    2006-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Greg Podolej
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    Describes the history of Polish settlement in South Bend, the entrance of the Mexican community and the processes of ethnic transition. Focuses on the transition in the St. Adalbert parish and the Central Bakery (la Panadería Central). In English and Spanish.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Erin Jelm
    Abstract:

    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 …

    Date Published:
    2010-05-01
    Date Created:
    2010-05-01
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  • Author(s):
    Kevin B. Marvinac, Mari Jose Sanchez
    Abstract:

    Describes Latinos’ basic knowledge and utilization of the financial system, perceptions of banking, savings and taking out loans, attitudes about incurring educational debt and gender roles in financial decision-making. Based on a survey of adults in an ESL class and interviews with financial education teacher and banking staff.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Kyla Wargel, Molly Sammon
    Abstract:

    Examines how Mexicans and other Latinos adapt to living in South Bend through the discussion of various assimilation processes, in particular changing family, social, and gender roles. Analyzes immigrant youth and violence and various programs aimed at violence reduction and reformation. Provides an overview of Latinos participation in varying social settings such as church, medical, and education services.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Ashleigh Renteria, Vanessa Adjei
    Abstract:

    Focuses on the concept of immigrant generation as a way of examining transnationalism, assimilation and acculturation across first, second and third generation Mexicans. Explores the relationship of generation to educational achievement, income, wealth, food culture and religious observance.

    Date Published:
    2010
    Date Created:
    2010-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Erika Daley, Christine Hall
    Abstract:

    Describes the healthcare needs and obstacles to access facing Latinos nationally and in South Bend. Focuses on language and financial barriers to healthcare. Informs healthcare practitioners about some of Mexicans’ popular healthcare beliefs and practices. Reports on culturally and linguistically sensitive diabetes outreach programs of two local hospitals. In English and Spanish.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Colin Parker, Carolyn Leary
    Abstract:

    Examines the challenges of Latino children’s access to quality special education in the context of the broader racial educational achievement gap in South Bend and the country as a whole. Based on participant observation and literature review. Concludes that the solution lies in encouraging and supporting parental involvement in their children’s schools and promoting outreach to and advocacy for the Latino community.

    Date Published:
    2010
    Date Created:
    2010-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Fatima Monterrubio, Hector Avitia
    Abstract:

    Examines speech behavior, language ideology and bilingualism in South Bend in the context of theories of linguistic assimilation, bilingualism, nationalism and language policies in the United States. Analyzes results of a language survey completed by Latino youth, which reveals values and ideologies of English and Spanish.

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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    Document
  • Author(s):
    Robert Rienzo, Grace Parsons
    Abstract:

    Explores the existence of Latinos in higher education over the last few decades. Focuses on the relationship between Notre Dame, Latinos on campus, and its surrounding Latino population and on campus. Recommends changes in University policy to better serve Latino communities.

    Date Published:
    2013
    Date Created:
    2013-01-01
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    Document