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):
    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):
    Kyla Wargel, Molly Sammon
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    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):
    Colin Parker, Carolyn Leary
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    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):
    Robert Rienzo, Grace Parsons
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    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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  • 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.

    Date Published:
    2008-12-01
    Date Created:
    2008-12-01
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  • Author(s):
    Caroline Hawes
    Abstract:

    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):
    John VanBerkum, Katie Hamel
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    Looks at religious identity among South Bend youth and shifting trends among young Catholics in the city. Provides historical background on local parishes, including St. Adalbert—a predominantly Latino parish and how it can better work to serve its youth.

    Date Published:
    2013
    Date Created:
    2013-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Madeline Basil, Enrique Lorenzo
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    Explores the success of Latino students at Catholic high schools in South Bend to address concerns among Latino parishes. Looks at complex factors that influence education, including parent involvement, mentoring, community violence, and other factors. Recommends changes in curriculum and school policies to aid Latino communities and increase parental involvement.

    Date Published:
    2013
    Date Created:
    2013-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Katharine Feeley, Erin Jelm
    Abstract:

    Looks at changing definitions of family within Latino families, including an erosion of gendered roles in Latino homes and a shift toward more traditional nuclear families separate from traditional Mexican tendencies to live among extended family members after marriage. Study is based on interviews with various immigrant couples from D.F., Mexico at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, IN. Findings indicate a strong focus on collectivism, respeto, and confianza among married couples in the U.S. …

    Date Published:
    2009
    Date Created:
    2009-01-01
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  • Author(s):
    Maria Moreno, Joey Leary, Sophia Cortez
    Abstract:

    Discute la relación entre las ciudades, la pobreza y las pandillas a nivel nacional y local, usando como ejemplo la comunidad de South Bend. Discute la participación de mexicanos en pandillas y los temas de la localización, la composición étnica, la motivación, la influencia de los medios de comunicación populares y la violencia entre las pandillas locales. Provee información sobre los programas de boxeo de jóvenes y algunas otras medidas que existen para ayudar a la juventud local a evitar i…

    Date Published:
    2008
    Date Created:
    2008-01-01
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    Document