Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Daisy Flores Social Science

Exploring Transnational Barriers to Education

Although incarcerated and formerly incarcerated (FI) Californians can obtain a postsecondary education, systemic barriers such as undocumented status and deportation prevent many of them from pursuing a college education. In 2018, an estimated 70,900 non-U.S. citizens were in state and private prison facilities. However, information about FI students’ access to education after deportation is non-existent. Daisy Flores will conduct qualitative interviews of FI students who are deported, along with activists and scholars who are building the prison-to-school pipeline in Mexico. This study will investigate the barriers that undocumented students face once they are deported to Mexico after serving their sentence. The purpose of this study is to find insight into what support is needed and what can be done to aid the development of evidence-based resource programs in Mexico.

Major: Ethnic Studies major, Race & the Law minor
Mentor: Mentor: Victoria Robinson, Comparative Ethnic Studies
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