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Dr. Rodrigo Serrao, Sociology & Social Work

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This research centers on Latina/o/x students' perceptions of their racial identity in light of issues related to privilege, racism, colorism, and belonging as they navigate the social and racial dynamics of a Predominantly White Institution. Focusing on the lived experience of 23 U.S. and foreign-born Latina/o/x, this ongoing research seeks to understand how skin color and place of origin play a role in understanding and interacting with these themes. Initial findings reveal that white-identifying students feel like outsiders in spaces that are predominantly white and in spaces that are predominately Latina/o/x. International students in this study faced ignorance about their place of origin but expressed feeling secure in having the privilege of being a member of the majority group in their home countries. Darker-skinned Latina/o/x students were more likely to experience discrimination. Interviews will continue during the spring semester. Interviews will continue during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.


The Sociology and Social Work Department, The Frost Center.

Title on poster differs from abstract booklet. Poster title: The Beyond Ethnicity Project — Initial Findings