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“Tomando Vuelo”: Uplifting and Understanding the State of Academia for Undocumented Central American Students

  • Author(s): Chavez, Julio
  • et al.

Despite their growing numbers within the Los Angeles Unified School District, rarely are the academic struggles and barriers of Undocumented Central American students ever discussed. This study hopes to address the needs of undocumented Central American students as an important and urgent issue. Complexities tied to their identities, create a number of barriers that ultimately impede academic success and an eventual trajectory towards higher education. Employing an extended literature review, this study hopes to inspire schools and lawmakers to consider additional resources, support, and policy to better aid undocumented Central American Students.

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