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The Plight of Invisibility

A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os

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Donna Marie Harris and Judy Marquez Kiyama

The Plight of Invisibility offers unique contributions that inform the use of a community-based research approach that examines educational issues identified by urban, Latina/o communities. It offers a new lens from which to understand the circumstances of Latina/o students in schools as they navigate in social systems that are in opposition to them, thus rendering Latina/o students and their families invisible. Despite these challenges, the book offers examples of community programs and resources that support and address the needs of Latina/o students as they build resiliency and determination to persist. Community organizations and advocates, educational researchers, practitioners, students, and policymakers will find The Plight of Invisibility useful to reframe deficit discourses about Latina/o students and their families. In addition, the book is appropriate for classes including methodology courses focused on community-based research, educational policy and/or college access courses, and Latina/o studies courses.
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DONNA MARIE HARRIS is an independent consultant to school districts and nonprofit organizations. She has published articles in Educational Policy and Education and Urban Society. Harris received her Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

JUDY MARQUEZ KIYAMA is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Denver. Kiyama has published articles in the American Educational Research Journal and the Journal of Higher Education. Kiyama received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Arizona.

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