Priscilla Ramos Rico

New Space, No Place: Navigating Experiences in a Predominately White Higher Education Institution as Latinx Students

April 5, 2021   /  

Name: Priscilla Ramos Rico
Major: Sociology
Minor: Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Advisors: Dr. Michael Miyawaki, Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbons (second reader)

This research utilizes an interview-based study that examines the experiences that Latinx students at a predominantly white liberal arts institution face and how they utilize social networks and navigate college. This study utilizes literature that is focused on college decision influence, campus climate impact, and social networks for Latinx students. Interviews were conducted with nine Latinx identifying students who were in their junior or senior year of college at a 4-year institution. I utilize Bourdieu’s theory of forms of capital as well as Critical Race Theory more specifically LatCrit Theory. The themes that emerged within this study were in terms of family messages, networking, financial aspects, culture shock/ campus climate, support systems, and perceptions college support. The themes highlight how Latinx students struggle when it comes to applying to college and throughout college. As well as how Latinx students need to learn to navigate applying to college and their time during college via social networks. These themes are then analyzed to understand how they utilize these social networks to navigate their experiences in the application process and their time in college due to oftentimes having little knowledge of college and how to navigate their experiences.

Priscilla will be online to field comments on April 16:
2-4pm EDT (PST 11am-1pm, Africa/Europe: evening)

49 thoughts on “New Space, No Place: Navigating Experiences in a Predominately White Higher Education Institution as Latinx Students”

  1. Congratulations on the completion of your thesis, Priscilla. Hope to see you at commencement!

  2. Congratulations on the completion of your thesis, Priscilla. I’ve enjoyed our conversations about your topic, and hope to see you at commencement!

    1. Thank you, Dr. Tierney! I am grateful to have had those conversations that helped me with my I.S. and I hope to see you at commencement as well!

  3. I enjoyed learning about your interesting and important project. The policy recommendations really brought the whole thing together and should be heeded. Great work on this! Congratulations.

    1. Thank you, Dr.Nurse you have made such an impact at my time in Wooster, I am incredibly grateful!

  4. Amazing project Priscilla! I found the list of recommendations at the end to be very informative and hope they can be implemented. Even though your project focused on specifically Latinx students I think your work can be a template for other multi-ethnic groups.

    1. Thanks, Stachal! I totally agree I definitely feel that the recommendations can be a template for other multi-ethnic groups not only Latinx students!

  5. Great job on this very necessary topic, Priscilla! You compiled great information at such a crucial time and I hope many eyes take a serious look!!! I am so very proud of you and bless to have gotten to know you at Wooster!

    1. Thank you, Sandi! I am so glad to have been able to meet you at Wooster! It was great being able to work with you!!!

    1. Thanks, Natalia! You are such an amazing person! I can’t wait to see what you do in the future.❤️

  6. Congratulations Priscilla! I really enjoyed learning more about your IS through your PowerPoint presentation, great work!

  7. This is so incredible Priscilla! The thought and intentionality you put into this important work shines through — I know you’re going to continue to push for meaningful change everywhere you go. Love you!

    1. Thanks so much Ellie! Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me throughout the entire process! It means so much to me! Love you so much!

  8. Congratulations Priscilla! This is an amazing project and I really enjoyed your PowerPoint presentation.

  9. Great presentation, Priscilla. I enjoyed being a part of the journey with this important and timely I.S. project. The findings were illuminating and the policy recommendations valuable. Congratulations on your hard work. Please enjoy the moment.

    1. Thank you Dr. Miyawaki. I am so grateful for your guidance and support in completing my Independent Study!

  10. Congratulations Priscilla! This is a great topic and your suggestions at the end are very insightful and encouraging. Great job!!

    1. Thank you so much Lydia!! I can’t wait to see all you accomplish in the future!

  11. Amazing work, Priscilla! This is an important topic that is not talked about and I’m glad you have used your IS as a platform to advocate for Latinx students! Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much Liz! Thanks for all the encouraging words and support you have given me over the past 4 years! I know you are going to do great things in the future!

  12. So proud of you Priscilla! Your research is awesome and very important and I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

    1. Thank you so much, Piper!! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the future!

    1. Thanks Katie! I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do in grad school!

  13. CONGRATS Priscilla!! You are amazing and your research is too! I am so so proud of what you have accomplished at your time at Wooster and I am so proud to have seen you do it! I’m positive you will continue to do amazing things post graduation!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle!! I’m so grateful to have known you these past 4 years, you are an amazing and brilliant person! I am so proud of everything you have done and cannot wait to see what else you have planned for and accomplish in the future!

  14. Wonderful and important work, Priscilla! I also loved the inclusion of action items and how institutions can take steps to improve campus climates and create more substantial support for Latinx and underrepresented communities of students and learners. A sense of community and support is essential in so many ways. I look forward to seeing what’s ahead for you!

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Navaro-Farr! It was a pleasure to take classes with you and be able to get to know you!

  15. Priscilla! It is so awesome to see how beautifully this project has developed over the last year. I really admire your commitment to listening to students’ experiences and the concrete ideas you included for policy and institutional change at the end–you truly demonstrate how our disciplines can provide guidance for real-world application and change. Thank you for sharing your important research. So proud of you!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Hannah! You are such an amazing person and I am so glad to have met you at Wooster! I am so proud of all you have accomplished and know you will do great and amazing things post-grad!

  16. Thank you for providing insights and – more important! – recommendations for improving the campus climate for Latinx students at PWIs.

    1. Thank you for taking the time for looking at my presentation, Debbie! I think it is something important to consider as we move forward in today’s society with the growing Latinx population.

  17. So proud of you Priscilla! Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, and I can’t wait to see all you’ll continue to!

    1. Thanks so much, Pragya! I can’t wait to see what you do for I.S. next year I know whatever your topic is it will be amazing!

  18. It’s very interesting to see how the institution, it’s environment, and the students themselves can play an important part on their higher education. Great job with all the work you put into your thesis. I’m wondering, what would you say are some of the key things you learned from your research?

    1. Thank you Carlos! Some key things that I would say that I learned from my research would have to be that Latinx students feel that they struggle alone when entering a new space such as a PWI that they are not used to being around in and not being able to ask their parents for help. Due to the fact that many Latinx student parents have never obtained higher education and Latinx college students face struggles alone resulting in having to lean on other Latinx students for support. As well as how Latinx students expressed the importance of their being not only more resources available for the Latinx community but to not rely on the student leaders themselves and for administrations to create relationships in order to better understand how institutions can improve their resources. Due to Latinx students struggling to reach out to faculty and staff with the fear of their voices not being heard as well as not understanding where the Latinx students are coming from.

  19. You are doing great work and you honestly inspire me to do my very best.
    P.S. Lets not get our hopes up though, I can’t live up to that.

  20. Priscilla, Great presentation- I enjoyed learning about a new topic and seeing the hard work you did working with individuals to interview them!

  21. Felicidades, Priscilla. Congratulations on completing your IS and on this very important work. Thank you so much for your work on the search committee and enjoy the next few weeks at Wooster!

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