Dream Big: Exploring Empowering Processes of DREAM Act Advocacy in a Focal State
This original, qualitative research analyzed in-depth interviews with five undocumented, college-age, Latino DREAM Act advocates in a single state. An organizational empowerment framework was utilized to explore processes allied with such advocacy. Four emergent themes transcended the data inductively: (1) Challenging Social Injustice, which pertains to participant motivations for involvement; (2) Inherent Connection, which pertains to the unique personal experiences among DREAM-ers; (3) Combatting Internalized Stigma, which pertains to overcoming the shame or embarrassment of an undocumented identity; and (4) Civic Literacy, which pertains to political proficiencies that participants acquired throughout their DREAM Act involvement. Implications are discussed.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Forenza, Bradley and Mendonca, Carolina, "Dream Big: Exploring Empowering Processes of DREAM Act Advocacy in a Focal State" (2017). Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 38.