ASHE 2015: Dr. Kiyama and Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os

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The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os

Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, Associate Professor in the Higher Education department at Morgridge College of Education, was featured in the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) June 2015 podcast. Dr. Kiyama spoke about her recent book, “The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os” and on how her research which is related to communities, families, and college access, offers examples of collective action and systemic change. Dr. Kiyama reflected on how her work aligns with the 2015 ASHE conference theme, Inequality and Higher Education.

Dr. Kiyama’s current research examines the structures that shape educational opportunities for under-served groups through an asset-based lens to better understand the collective knowledge and resources drawn upon to confront, negotiate, and (re)shape such structures. Her research is organized in three interconnected areas: the role of parents and families; equity and power in educational research; and under-served groups as collective networks of change. Her current projects focus on the high school to college transition experiences of first-generation, and low-income, and families of color and their role in serving as sources of cultural support for their college-aged students.

Her recent book, The Plight of Invisibility, offers her unique contributions that inform the use of a community-based research approach that examines educational issues identified by urban, Latina/o communities. Through her research, Dr. Kiyama offers a new lens  from which to understand the circumstances of Latina/o students in schools as they navigate in social systems that are in opposition to them.

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