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):
    Erin Jelm
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    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):
    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):
    Ashleigh Renteria, Vanessa Adjei
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    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
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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):
    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
    Date Created:
    2008-03-01
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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):
    Elizabeth Ferrufino, Emilie Prot, Stephanie Beauer, Jennifer Towey, Maria Moreno
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    Describe las tendencias en la afiliación religiosa, las ceremonias de alabanza y las prácticas de los Latinos en South Bend, en comparación a aquellas de los procesos nacionales. Proporciona un mapa de las iglesias locales donde los latinos, particularmente los mexicanos, rinden culto. Abarca los temas de los programas dirigidos a la juventud, las ceremonias de quinceañera, la espiritualidad, la veneración de la virgen de Guadalupe y el aumento en la tasa de latinos que se convierten al Prote…

    Date Published:
    2008
    Date Created:
    2008-01-01
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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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  • Author(s):
    Katharine Feeley, Erin Jelm
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    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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