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High School Latinx Counternarratives

Experiences in School and Post-graduation

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Juan A. Ríos Vega

This book represents an ethnographic study of the experiences and counternarratives of twelve Latinx young adults. All of the participants in this study are first generation immigrants to the United States, representing different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and immigration statuses. Drawing from Latino Critical Theory (LatCrit) and Queers of Color Epistemologies as a theoretical framework, this book analyzes the personal experiences of Latinx during and after finishing high school. This book uses a classroom project (dialogue journals) to reconnect with twelve former English language learners (ELLs) from the Southeast after ten years. Through the use of dialogue journals as an English as a second language (ESL) strategy to support writing, the participants in this book document personal and communal experiences as Latinx immigrants in the United States. This book will represent an excellent asset for teachers, school administrators, counselors, staff, preservice teachers, practicing educators, graduate students, scholars, and policymakers.

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Figure 1 As part of the International Club, my students and I did a lot of community service

Figure 2 We visited nursing homes, elementary schools and organized local events to showcase our Latinx heritages

Figure 3 Our International Club

Figure 4 The International Club represented a safe space for many ESL and minoritized students

Figure 5 Milagros and Karina on their graduation day

Figure 6 My student Victor and I after graduation

Figure 7 Students researched about Latin American countries and created carnival masks

Figure 8 My students collaborating on their writing projects

Figure 9 The day my students published their journals

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