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