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Getting College Ready

Latin@ Student Experiences of Race, Access, and Belonging at Predominantly White Universities


Julie Minikel-Lacocque

Getting College Ready: Latin@ Student Experiences of Race, Access, and Belonging at Predominantly White Universities challenges the way we conceive of college access, retention, and success for underrepresented students writ large. Specifically, through presenting an in-depth, qualitative case study on six Latin@ students transitioning to a public, predominantly White university, it examines what the institution does, or doesn’t do, to meet the needs of these students. This book seamlessly combines the topics of college access and the transition to college for underrepresented students; it offers a comprehensive review of what we already know about underrepresented students in college and how they get there; it challenges some of this existing literature; and throughout, it weaves in the compelling voices and experiences of the study’s focal students and staff members tasked with supporting them. This thoughtful study demands that we reconsider the ways in which we understand college access, school success, college preparation, the tenuous relationship between religious fundamentalism and public education, and conceptions of race and racism. Indeed, this work calls into question what it means to be «college ready».
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It’s now March of the students’ third year in college. That rainy April evening was in fact not a “goodbye”; most of the students and I still meet frequently to catch up and are in regular touch via email. Although I was not able to get in touch with Crystal, the other students shared with me that she is still enrolled at CMU. As the students wrap up their junior years at CMU, it is clear that their journeys into early adulthood have taken them in various directions, some expected and some surprising, some hopeful, and some tenuous.


I most recently caught up with Engracia as she rushed from class to her campus job, apologizing profusely for not having more time and suggesting times we could meet for lunch after spring break. She is currently triple-majoring in women’s studies, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, and minoring in LGBTQ studies and Chicana/Latina studies. She continues to dance through CMU student groups and is active in a sorority. She plans to travel to Turkey this summer for a women’s studies course and to Brazil next year for a study-abroad program. Engracia is unsure of her career plans and is considering doing Teach for America while she decides on a career path.

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