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Latinas/os on the East Coast

A Critical Reader


Edited By Yolanda Medina and Ángeles Donoso Macaya

Latinas/os on the East Coast: A Critical Reader provides a comprehensive overview of established and contemporary research and essays written about communities that represent the Latina/o diaspora on the East Coast of the United States. Collectively, it contributes to the historical, cultural, political, and economic dynamics that affect the Latinas/os’ lived experience of the country. Analyzed through an interdisciplinary lens, this reader offers a critical examination of the policies and the practices that affect the following current and emerging themes and topics: History; Ethnicity and culture; Immigration, transnationalism, and civil rights; Education; Health; Women’s studies; Film and media studies; Queer studies; Literature; Visual and performing arts.
This book is an indispensable resource for scholars, researchers, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as any individual, group, or organization interested in issues that affect Latinas/os in the United States in current times.
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A New Diaspora: Latina/os in the Online Environment


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A New Diaspora

Latina/os in the Online Environment

Katherine M. Conway, Alyse C. Hachey, and Claire Wladis

The Latina/o diaspora from the Caribbean and Central and South America to the United States is well documented. Many of these immigrants have settled in communities where they now constitute a majority. As noted herein, the Latina/o population varies by region in its ethnicity, immigration status and longevity in the United States. In the northeast, the Latina/o population grew at a rate ten times faster than the rest of the population in the decade ending 2010. Overall, and specifically in higher education, Latina/o students are the largest minority group and the fastest growing. Many of these students begin at community colleges. But as Latina/o students succeed in college in greater numbers, a new migration is occurring in higher education—to the online environment. This chapter examines northeast Latina/o student enrollments and persistence in online courses in contrast to the traditional face-to-face classroom and in comparison to other ethnicities. Latina/o students, while enrolling in college in large numbers, continue to lag behind other student groups in graduation rates and it is critical to understand whether an increase in online course offerings will help or hinder Latina/o student success. 

A Note on Ethnic Labels

The definition of Hispanic or Latino used in the 2010 census refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other...

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