Latin@ Student Experiences of Race, Access, and Belonging at Predominantly White Universities
Chapter 7. “You’re Getting a Little Too Knowledgeable”
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School Kids and Changing Family Relationships
In Chapter 6, we saw the ways in which Jasmine’s parents played a role in her schooling and the ways in which she felt their support. Her family was the foundation and the source of her Christian fundamentalist perspective and lifestyle; and, after Jasmine experienced significant conflict between the two worlds of her family (and the beliefs they raised her with) and her life at CMU, Jasmine ultimately chose to align herself with her family and her upbringing. In this chapter, I explore Engracia’s transition to CMU, paying specific attention to the role of her family in her schooling and her new life at CMU.
In notable ways, these two young women have much in common. Jasmine and Engracia are both young Latina women who grew up in large urban centers in the Midwest, and they are both from working-class families. Both are first-generation college students living away from home to attend prestigious, competitive CMU. Both women have lighter skin than many of their Latin@ peers and thus are not subjected to alienating stares from White students at CMU, as are, for example, Antonio and Moriah.
When it comes to academics, however, Jasmine and Engracia have virtually nothing in common. And, when it comes to the role of family in each woman’s schooling and transition to CMU, we see significant differences. ← 147 | 148 → The absence of a...
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