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):
    Greg Podolej, Sarah Walorski, Lindsay McQuaid, Michael McKenna
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    Describes the labor participation of Latinos in South Bend and the development of a Mexican economic enclave in the west side of South Bend in the wake of the departure of former Polish business owners and residents. Shows how these businesses cater to and promote the transnational lives of Mexican immigrants. Features the businesses Taquería Chicago, El Paraiso, Rosales, La Panadería Central, and La Rosita Paletería y Nevería.

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Chelsea Lehman
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    Addresses healthcare access for Latinos in the United States in comparison to other ethnic groups. Looks at chronic health conditions and prevalence of certain diseases and the absence of others. Introduces the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts undocumented and Latino families. Uses research from UCLA Center for Health Policy and Pew Hispanic research.

    Date Published:
    2013
    Date Created:
    2013-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Emilie Prot, Jenna Adsit, Kimberly Tavarez
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    Demographic description of Latino immigrants in South Bend using data from the American Community Survey and other sources, covering history of Latino immigration into area, reasons for coming, place of origin, residential patterns, economic situation and age distribution. Focuses on period 1990-2000 when the Latino population grew by 157%, the African-American population increased by 20% and the Caucasian population decreased by 11%.

    Date Published:
    2008-02-01
    Date Created:
    2008-02-01
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  • Author(s):
    Elizabeth Ferrufino, Emilie Prot, Jennifer Towey, Stephanie Brauer
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    Describes Latino religious affiliation, worship, and practices in South Bend in comparison to national trends and processes. Provides map of local churches where Latinos, particularly Mexicans, worship. Describes programs for youth, quinceañera rituals, spirituality, veneration of Guadalupe, the rise in conversions to Protestantism and the nature of their congregations. In English and Spanish.

    Date Published:
    2008-03-01
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    2008-03-01
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  • Author(s):
    Nicole Yergler, Alisha Wilkinson
    Abstract:

    Explores why migrants from Mexico make up less than one percent of the homeless population in South Bend.  Investigates the residential patterns and housing situations and conditions of Mexican immigrants.  In English and Spanish. Explora la razón por la cual los migrantes mexicanos representan menos de un uno porciento de la población sin hogar en South Bend. Investiga los patrones residenciales y el estado y calidad de vivienda de los inmigrantes mexicanos. En Inglés y Español.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Joey Leary, Sophia Cortez
    Abstract:

    Discusses relationship between cities, poverty and gangs nationally and in South Bend. Discusses Mexican involvement in local gangs and themes of location, ethnic composition, motivation, popular media’s influence and gang violence. Reports on youth boxing programs and other measures to help local youth avoid gangs. In English and Spanish.

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    2008-12-01
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    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Thomas Everett
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    Examines the current state of transnational drug trade across the US-Mexico border and the extent to which it affects the South Bend community.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Chelsey Ramos, Nimmy Thomas
    Abstract:

    Provides reasons and encouragement for undocumented students to attend college. Also included in the pamphlet are resources for undocumented students including lists of colleges and scholarships open to students regardless of citizenship status.

    Date Published:
    2012-04-01
    Date Created:
    2012-04-01
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  • Author(s):
    Caroline Hawes
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    Addresses generational shifts in Latino communities in South Bend and the increase in oppositional youth sub-culture within second-generation Latino youth communities. Research comes from Pew Hispanic Trust data on 21st century Latino immigrants and their families. Explores reasons for the emergence of oppositional youth sub-cultures such as gangs, particularly among males. Includes interviews from members of the South Bend Latino community as well as staff and incarcerated youth at the South…

    Date Published:
    2010
    Date Created:
    2010-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Victor Cruz, Jr., Stephen Oliva
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    Discusses varying documentation status within Latino families and the differing coping mechanisms within these heterogeneous families. Examines how political discourse is used to vilify immigrants. Presents various policy implications to the current immigrant reality and underscores these policies with personal undocumented immigrant narratives.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Claire Podgorski, Carolyn Rumer
    Abstract:

    Explains how the arduous requirements to become an authorized immigrant in the United States, the huge backlog of immigrant petitions and the number of years it takes to complete the process deter many migrants from even applying. Provides list of immigrant categories. Describes the empowering experiences of some who succeeded and went on to become naturalized citizens. Based on research in an immigration law office and participant observation and tutoring at a citizenship class.

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    George Felix, Ruben Saldaña, Jr.
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    Looks at food as an indicator of culture and identity in Mexican households. Addresses common misconceptions pertaining to Latinos and Hispanics and the origins of various Mexican dishes. Relies on data from an open survey conducted via social media.

    Date Published:
    2011
    Date Created:
    2011-01-01
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