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“A Discussion of Undocumented Black Students”

Felecia Russell, EdD

“A Discussion of Undocumented Black Students”

Higher education practitioners and scholars in the U.S. have widely ignored the experiences of undocumented Black students (“undocuBlack”). To begin to address this gap, Felecia Russell, EdD, director of undergraduate admission at Cal Lutheran, conducted a qualitative study that explored the experiences of 15 undocumented Black college students. The findings illustrate that the students experience compounded invisibility on college campuses due to their race and immigration status, leading to a profound sense of erasure and misunderstanding by higher education professionals and institutions, and a lack of resources and support. Russell will share insights on how we can center undocumented Black student voices on college campuses. 

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