Title

My Mom Seems to have a Dicho for Everything!”: Family Engagement in the College Success of Latina/o Students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-6-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Latinos and Education

First page number:

1

Last page number:

17

Abstract

In the past decade, we have seen a significant growth in Latina/o college enrollment. Rarely is Latino families' engagement in their children’s educational aspirations acknowledged for this increase in the rate of Latinas/os attending college. I examined how first-generation Latina/o students reflected on and retold stories of how their families helped them persist on the college path through historias familiares(family stories), dichos (proverbs), and consejos (advice-giving narratives). Findings challenge deficit based generalizations of Latino families as unsupportive of their children’s college education. The article concludes with policy recommendations to improve college/university programming to create a more welcoming and affirming campus climate for Latina/o students and their families.

Keywords

Latino students; College success; Family engagement; Culturally responsive

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education

Language

English


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