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Talk: Navigating Belonging

November 11, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Navigating Belonging: Latinx Undocumented Young Adults in Welcoming and Hostile Destinations

Navigating Belongings captures the compelling stories of Latinx undocumented young adults growing up and living in two distinct socio-political contexts, California and Georgia. This talk is about how undocumented young adults in these two contexts navigate the pathway to and through adulthood, and the role of state laws and policies in shaping their prospects for social mobility and their sense of belonging. Dr. Burciaga highlights the complexities and contradictions that emerge as a result of nested socio-legal contexts–the intersection of federal, state, local, familial and individual dynamics–for the everyday experiences and future orientations of undocumented young adults. She reveals how undocumented young adults make sense of the structural constraints imposed by immigration laws and policies, and reveals their individual and collective efforts to challenge and resist these constraints. By comparing and contrasting a welcoming context (California) and a hostile context (Georgia), Navigating Belonging paints a vivid picture of the shifting dynamics of immigration law and policy and their impact on the emotional lives and social mobility pathways of Latinx undocumented young adults.

Edelina M. Burciaga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver, and a faculty affiliate in the Immigration and Citizenship Law Program at CU-Boulder Law and the CU Population Center. Dr. Burciaga received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include race & ethnicity, immigration, Latina/o sociology, law and society, education, social movements, and qualitative research methods. Professor Burciaga was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University (1999) with degrees in Chicana/o Studies and English and with honors in Education. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (2000), and a law degree from the Boston University School of Law (2005). After law school, she received the Bart Gordon Memorial Fellowship to practice law in the Racial Equity unit at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where she focused on decreasing educational disparities for Latinxs by employing a community lawyering model.

Generous support from the Agnes Moreland Jackson Diversity Program Fund and the Campus Life Committee has made this event possible.



November 11, 2020
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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Virtual Event
CA United States


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