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Graduate Portfolio Plática: Melissa A. Martinez

Wed, July 28, 2010 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Cissy McDaniel Parker Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238), Sanchez Building, The University of Texas at Austin

"Traversing Literal and Figurative Borders in South Texas: Mexican Americans and College Choice"

College choice is often described in terms of three-stages: predisposition, search and choice. Existing research, however, suggests this model does not account for all aspects of Latina/os’ college choice experience. As such, this portfolio plática by Melissa A. Martinez presents findings of a dissertation study that sought to provide a deeper, more critical understanding of the college choice process of 20 Mexican American high school seniors from the South Texas Border through individual phenomenological, in-depth interviews and the use of a hybrid Chicana feminist and social capital theoretical lens.  

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, the College of Liberal Arts

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