March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 4:00pm - 5:10pm
Countering Assimilation in the Land of Mickey Mouse: Strengthening Latino/a Identities in Study Abroad

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The session describes an approach that engages Latino/a first-generation college students in study abroad programs in Latin America as a way to counter assimilation to United States Whiteness and strengthen their own immigrant/Latino/a and other identities. Three instructors of the program will engage the audience in a discussion of the design and implementation of this novel program, including (i) a review the challenges that limit Latino/a students in participating in study abroad, (ii) a purposeful design of critical service-learning ‘beyond borders’, (iii) an approach to recruitment, (iv) the involvement of the students’ family and a (v) career counseling component. Through the use of video, interviews and participant observation, student voices will be used to illustrate the development of purposeful personal, academic and professional growth before and after the implementation of the programs. The session will delve into themes that arise from these experiences, such as (a) family conflict and negotiation about the value of study abroad and the role of college, (b) shame and pride about the loss and proficiency of the Spanish language and (c) how foster Latino/a cultural ways of knowing/being and at the same time navigate Whiteness in their lives; among others.

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Julián Jefferies

Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton
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Miguel Martinez

Career Center Specialist, California State University, Fullerton
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Blanca Rojas

Instructor, California State University, Fullerton

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST