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dc.contributor.advisorFeagin, Joe R
dc.creatorOrta, David
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-05T21:10:51Z
dc.date.available2019-08-01T06:51:38Z
dc.date.created2017-08
dc.date.issued2017-06-01
dc.date.submittedAugust 2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/165779
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation, I examine Latina/o undergraduate students’ experiences with systemic racism and racial identity in relation to their academic persistence at three predominantly white universities. By employing ethnographic observation and a focus group with one fraternity, and in-depth qualitative interviews with 43 respondents, this study reveals that Latina/o students experience what I term racist aggressions, racialized nonbelonging, and delegitimation at their universities. I find that these experiences negatively affect their relationship with the institution and as a consequence, their academic decisions. I develop the concept of the “white racial place” to describe these dynamics at predominantly white universities. Finally, I find that Latina/o students gain a strong and critical sense of belonging through their participation in a Latina/o sorority or fraternity, which allows them to reject racist stereotypes and to foster positive social identities that promote academic persistence and success in college. Through these organizations, Latina/o students also advance positive social changes that transform the racial landscapes of their universities.en
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dc.subjectLatinas/osen
dc.subjectDiscriminationen
dc.subjectPersistenceen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectRacismen
dc.subjectEducationen
dc.titleBrown Faces in White Places: Resisting Racist Aggressions and Nonbelonging Through Latina/o Organizations at Predominantly White Universitiesen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A & M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFossett, Mark
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMurguia, Edward
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHinojosa, Felipe
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dc.date.updated2018-02-05T21:10:53Z
local.embargo.terms2019-08-01
local.etdauthor.orcid0000-0002-8603-103X


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