Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Political Science (MA)
Najja Kofi Baptist
Second Committee Member
Xavier Medina Vidal
Cultural Studies, Identity, Individual & Family Studies, Hispanic American Studies, Latinos, Nuevo South, Representation
Por una Vida Mejor, a sentiment that is shared amongst the Latino community. How this sentiment fares in the pursuit of higher education has been largely understudied. I analyze how Latino college students navigate the sociopolitical environment in Arkansas in their pursuit of middle-class certification to help their family and fulfill the American dream. In this thesis I offer an analysis to understand Latinos in the Nuevo South. I use data from the 2021 Latino College Students Navigating the Sociopolitical Environment in Arkansas survey through the lens of Funds of Knowledge (Velez-Ibanez and Greenberg 1992). I conduct a quantitative analysis of the different factors that influence the pursuit of higher education for Latinos in the new destination, Nuevo South. I find that linguistic assimilation plays a significant role in Latinos pursuit of higher education to help the family. I also find that experiences with discrimination among Latino students in the Nuevo South influence their assessments of their educational and political leaders.
Sandoval, M. A. (2022). Por Una Vida Mejor: Educational Attainment for Latinos in the Nuevo South in the Pursuit of a Better Life. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4510