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The Plight of Invisibility

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


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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Harris, Donna Marie. The plight of invisibility: a community-based approach to understanding the educational experiences of urban Latina/os / Donna Marie Harris, Judy Marquez Kiyama. pages cm. — (Critical studies of Latino/as in the Americas; v. 5) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Hispanic Americans—Education. 2. Hispanic Americans—Education—Social aspects. 3. Hispanic American students—Social conditions. 4. Education, Urban—United States. 5. Community and school—United States. I. Harris, Donna M. II. Kiyama, Judy Marquez. LC2669.P55 371.829’68073—dc23 2014040427 ISBN 978-1-4331-2581-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2580-5 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1472-4 (e-book) ISSN 2372-6822 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at Cover art: Soy Boricua by Ricardo Levins Morales

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