Friday, April 25, 2014

Participate in a Landmark Study about Latino/Latina Students!



All Latino and Latina students are invited to participate in a new study titled "The Impact of the Maryland DREAM Act on University Policies, Support Services, and the Academic Success of Undocumented Latino Students," because it will help us understand how to offer the best support for both undocumented and documented Latino/a students to succeed in college. You can help Latino communities in the state of Maryland by completing this survey.

We are inviting Latino/a college students or aspiring college students to participate in this study. To complete this survey, you must be at least 18 years old, Latina/o, have graduated high school or obtained a GED, and currently are or will be the first member of your family to attend college.
Why participate in this study? Given that the Dream Act was recently passed, we are now welcoming undocumented students onto our campuses. These undocumented students deserve culturally-informed, knowledgeable support from our colleges and universities. We will use the information you provide us to improve:

  • College support services like advising, tutoring, and counseling
  • Our understanding of how to best promote persistence, engagement, mental health, and academic performance
  • An awareness of discrimination and racial climate on campus

We are working with the following organizations that are helping us recruit for this study, and would like you to participate: Casa de Maryland and the Coalition of Latina/o Student Organizations. Let’s keep the Dreamer movement going by your participation in this study.
The survey will take about 20 minutes. We assure you that the information you share with us will be completely confidential and anonymous.


Once you complete the study, you can help by forwarding this email to other Latino/a documented and other undocumented students who meet the criteria:
https://marylandmarketing.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_7ZLaWpG2m3ZsT9b

If you would like to check out our blog about the study, click here: http://latinocollegestudentstudy.blogspot.com

Please contact us with any questions.

Best,
Colleen O’Neal, Ph.D. and Michelle Espino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors, onealc01@umd.edu  and mespino@umd.edu