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Understanding U.S. Racial Tensions In The 21st Century, Taylor Newquist Jan 2016

Understanding U.S. Racial Tensions In The 21st Century, Taylor Newquist

2016 Symposium

This study takes a sociological outlook on the reasons Latin American immigrants migrate to the United States. The study will uncover the racist outlook and stereotypes Americans feel toward this particular immigrant group whether they be documented or undocumented. Using academic peer review sources, the study uncovers the factors that produce these negative attitudes towards this outgroup and sheds light on best practices to reduce racial tensions between them. Among these strategies include cracking down on extreme political rhetoric that incites prejudicial attitudes and potential violence.


Immigrants In The U.S. Labor Market, Samantha Zontek Jan 2016

Immigrants In The U.S. Labor Market, Samantha Zontek

2016 Symposium

This study focuses on the labor market and Mexican-Americans in the United States. I use peer reviewed sources to fully examine and determine the fairness of labor laws protecting this population. Additionally, the study provides an in depth analysis of unfair labor practices and a comparison of the types of jobs and location in the United States affecting the Mexican-American population in the labor market. My intended audience are those unaware of unfair labor practices who want labor wages to be fair for every working citizen in the U.S., and not be discriminated based on ethnicity/race. My research ...


Undocumented Immigrants And The Constitutional Rights Of Their U.S. Born Children, Jennifer Rogers Jan 2016

Undocumented Immigrants And The Constitutional Rights Of Their U.S. Born Children, Jennifer Rogers

2016 Symposium

In this essay I will discuss language of the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to every child born on US soil, regardless of the immigration status of their parents. These children have been typecast by the media as “anchor” babies. Through primary documents and peer review journals, this paper will show the nature of what it's like to be a child of an undocumented immigrant and the rights they have. The funding for these children with undocumented parents has been widely disputed and will discuss in-depth about what type of services the U.S. is responsible for. With ...


Current Issues And Developments In Psychology With Regards To Latina/O Americans, Rachel Giddings Jan 2016

Current Issues And Developments In Psychology With Regards To Latina/O Americans, Rachel Giddings

2016 Symposium

Past research has shown that the Chicano/Latino community experience mental illness differently than other populations, and they are largely underserved by mental health professionals. This work explores the underrepresentation of culturally diverse individuals seeking and utilizing psychological services due to the lack of cultural sensitivity of therapists; cynicism by mental health professionals, and an outlook that therapy can be used as an oppressive tool by those in power (Sue & Sue, 1999). In short, there is much apprehension towards traditional therapeutic and intervention models in which most therapists have been educated on are based on and designed to meet the ...


Defining America: Chicano/Latino Influence, Hope Jackson-Doney Jan 2016

Defining America: Chicano/Latino Influence, Hope Jackson-Doney

2016 Symposium

With the 2016 Presidential Elections, immigration has become a hot topic of discussion among the presidential candidates as they debate what actions to take with respect to undocumented population residing in the United States. This study examines the ways in which Latina/os and immigrants have defined and redefined the American culture. Using peer review academic sources, this work explores the cultural development of Latina/os in the United States and how this group constitutes a critical foundation of American society. This works illustrates how the United States is known as the melting pot of cultures for many generations and ...


The American Dream: Equality In Education, Alexandra Romjue Jan 2016

The American Dream: Equality In Education, Alexandra Romjue

2016 Symposium

The “American Dream” of acquiring a college education is not a realistic goal for every citizen in the United States. Today a college education is becoming a necessity and Latino citizens are not provided with the same opportunities that Caucasian students are. This study looks at the college education gap among Latina/os and compares the college graduation rates between Latinos and Caucasians. Using peer review sources, the study assesses the impact of this education gap on job opportunities, wages and overall earning potential and quality of life among Latina/os and Caucasians. Finally, this work aims to raise awareness ...


Latin@S In The Labor Work Force, Vanessa Murillo Jan 2016

Latin@S In The Labor Work Force, Vanessa Murillo

2016 Symposium

This study focuses on the overrepresentation of Latino/as in farm labor jobs and the factors causing this trend, including the lax employer verification requirements. Using peer review sources, this work assesses the extent to which the federal government is complicit by allowing certain industry sectors such as the agribusiness with less stringent employment verification requirements than the technology or scientific industry. The study shows this bias application of laws create a form of exploitation and an underclass of Latina/o immigrants locked out of better job opportunities. Finally, this research points out to DACA, the executive order issued by ...


Stereotypes And Popular Misconceptions Of Latino Immigration, Teddy J. Mead Jan 2016

Stereotypes And Popular Misconceptions Of Latino Immigration, Teddy J. Mead

2016 Symposium

The focus of this research paper is to briefly address the scenarios behind Latin American immigration into the United States, as well as its effects on American culture. With the use of peer reviewed sources and scholarly articles the research conducted directly reflects current issues in the media today. This work explores three main areas including: government intervention in an era focused on Latino Immigration to the United States, the cultural misconceptions conveyed by a naïve American public, and a debunking of negative stereotypes regarding Latino Immigration.


Latina/O Education And Its Effects On Overall Job Success, Megan Lee Jan 2016

Latina/O Education And Its Effects On Overall Job Success, Megan Lee

2016 Symposium

Young Hispanics today struggle with the American education system, especially those that are foreign-born. This is because Latina/o immigrants are part of an education system that is inadequate to meet their educational needs. A common problem immigrant’s face in the classroom is their inability to communicate. Also, teachers are not trained to communicate effectively with their student populations. For example, according to the National Education Association only 2.5% of teachers who instruct bilingual students have a degree in ESL-bilingual education. This can be a factor for which Latina/o immigrants score lower on standardized tests and the ...


Developing A Support Center Without Borders: Enhancing Services For Students Without Documentation, Edith Melendez Jan 2016

Developing A Support Center Without Borders: Enhancing Services For Students Without Documentation, Edith Melendez

2016 Symposium

College students without documentation (students) face many academic support hardships. As defined by the National Immigration Law Center, an undocumented person is a foreign national who resides in the United States with fraudulent documents or entered without authorization. Every year hundreds of motivated students with high potential to succeed in an academic setting enroll into four-year university with hopes of becoming upwardly mobile and contributing to society. Unlike college students with authorization, they have added stress and pressures relating to overcoming financial, social, and educational challenges. Despite these obstacles and legal status, they persevere and achieve academic success along educational ...


The Lack Of Diversity Among Sign Language Interpreters Presents Major Challenges For The Health Care Industry Serving The Chicana/O Community, Christina Gutierrez Jan 2016

The Lack Of Diversity Among Sign Language Interpreters Presents Major Challenges For The Health Care Industry Serving The Chicana/O Community, Christina Gutierrez

2016 Symposium

This paper focuses on Chicana/os who are hearing impaired and the struggles they face. This research project will address the different styles of sign language and different kinds and levels of hearing loss. Using peer review sources I provide statistics on the number of Chicana/os in the United States with hearing disabilities and narrow it down to the number of Deaf Chicana/os in Washington state. In this paper I will address the additional challenges faced by deaf Chicana/os as they attempt to communicate with their families who only speak Spanish; most of the time a sibling ...


The Economy And Mexican Immigrants, Austin Schulz Jan 2016

The Economy And Mexican Immigrants, Austin Schulz

2016 Symposium

This paper will focus on the economic impact that immigrants from Mexico, documented and undocumented, have on the United States economy. In this study, I use peer reviewed sources to show how much immigrants contribute to the economy; with how much they pay in taxes and the wages they earn as they toiled in their respective jobs. Additionally, this study explores the impact Mexican immigrants have on the unemployment rate of native born Americans as well as the U.S. national debt. This study also looks at the impact of undocumented immigration, and the cost/contributions to the US tax ...


The Necessity Of Minority Ethnic Studies In The American Education Curriculum, Destiny L. Vaught Jan 2016

The Necessity Of Minority Ethnic Studies In The American Education Curriculum, Destiny L. Vaught

2016 Symposium

From the very start of the educational career students are rarely exposed to the history, culture, and contributions of other ethnic groups that tie together the American way of life, past and present. Not until individuals reach higher education, are they introduced to studies that are designed specifically to enlighten the student’s knowledge of minorities and other ethnicities in the United States. In this study, I used peer review sources to highlight the advantages of schools that teach ethnic studies classes and the importance of understanding different groups of people at an earlier stage in a student’s life ...