In this talk, Dr. Mangual Figueroa draws on a decade of ethnographic research alongside mixed-status Latino families living in the U.S. to examine students’ decisions to disclose or disguise their legal status in school. Centering the various experiences of immigrant-origin students from Latin America, Mangual Figueroa argues that an analytic focus on how and when elementary-aged students talk about migratory status during everyday school activities can deepen our understanding of the educational experiences of a population that often remains invisible to teachers and educational researchers. The talk opens on to a broader conversation about how and when immigrant-origin students begin to confront the realities associated with their legal status, and provides new insights into the relationship between legal citizenship, public schooling, and childhood socialization in the contemporary U.S. context. Mangual Figueroa suggests ways in which researchers and educators can foster educational equity and inclusion for undocumented students across K-12 schooling and in higher education.
Children and Youth on the Move
This series focuses on the experiences of children and youth living on the move. Across three different contexts, speakers engage questions of how young people’s lives are shaped by experiences of economic distress, violent political conflict, and different forms of juridical status. Of equal import, the speakers ask how young people act upon and shape these contexts in turn. Finally, these talks ask how research and education might be engaged in the service of inclusion and justice for children and youth on the move.
Lecture One: “Speech or Silence?: Citizenship and Childhood in Contemporary Schooling”
Professor Ariana Mangual Figueroa (Rutgers)
February 12, 2019
Lecture Two: “Youth Migration, Education, and Mega Cities: Promise and Peril in Karachi”
Professor Dana Burde (NYU)
March 27, 2019
Lecture Three: “Youth aspirations in exile: Participatory action research in Kakuma Refugee Camp”
Professor Michelle Bellino (University of Michigan)
April 22, 2019