Examining Latinos/as' Graduate School Choice Process: An Intersectionality Perspective

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Abstract

Abstract Based on in-depth qualitative interviews, this study examined the factors that influenced Latino/a students' decision to matriculate at a particular doctoral institution. Findings reveal that Latinos/as are influenced by several factors in their selection of a doctoral program, including location (proximity to home), faculty influences, financial considerations, campus climate concerns, and circumscribed choices. Guided by multiracial feminist theory, this study illustrates that Latinos/as' graduate school choice process is mediated by race, class, and gender inequalities. Resumen Basado en entrevistas cualitativas profundas, este estudio examino los factores que influenciaron decisiones de estudiantes latinos/as a matricularse en una institucion particular para doctorarse. Hallazgos revelaron que estudiantes latinos/as fueron influenciados por varios factores en su seleccion de un programa doctoral, incluyendo: lugar (proximidad a casa), influencias docentes, consideraciones financieras, preocupaciones sobre el clima universitario, y elecciones circunscritas. Guiado por teoria feminista multirracial, este estudio ilustra que el proceso de eleccion de latinos/as de escuela para graduados es mediada por desigualdades de raza, clase y genero.

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  • Latino(a)
  • college choice
  • graduate students
  • intersectionality
  • qualitative

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  • Elvia Ramirez

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