Voces de Resistencia: Exploring Salvadoran Students’ Experiences and Needs in Higher Education
Child and Adolescent Development
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education
This study aims to examine how historical and contemporary traumas, refugee experiences, and cultural adjustment affect first-generation Salvadoran students’ identities and experiences in higher education. Thirteen Salvadoran college students completed a demographic survey and a semistructured interview. Using grounded theory methodology, three selective, 11 axials, and 36 open themes were identified. Respondents reflected on the impact of trauma. They also discussed challenges of being first generation and navigating through higher education, though reportedly conceptualizing these as symbols of hope and opportunity for their own growth. Findings demonstrate ways institutions of higher education can better support Salvadoran students.
identity, refugees, Salvadoran college students, transnational
Janette Linares and Cara S. Maffini. "Voces de Resistencia: Exploring Salvadoran Students’ Experiences and Needs in Higher Education" Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (2020): 388-403. https://doi.org/10.1177/1538192718814129