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Presentation Title

Latino Identity on Campus

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Juan P. Esquivel '14Follow

Location

Young 117

Abstract

As more first generation Latino college students attend predominantly white colleges, they are showing more pride in their heritage. Latino is not a race, it is a social construct. In the past, Latino students often did not identify as Latinos because they wanted to avoid the negative labels associated with the term, including concerns that teachers lowered their expectations for perceived minorities. After interviewing Hispanic/Latino students on campus, I argue that the Latino identity has shifted into a more positive connotation label. The label Latino has helped students share a common culturer, regardless of age, heritage or nationality.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 1:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 1:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Society, Identity and Human Behavior

Panel Moderator

Benjamin Zeller

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Latino Identity on Campus

Young 117

As more first generation Latino college students attend predominantly white colleges, they are showing more pride in their heritage. Latino is not a race, it is a social construct. In the past, Latino students often did not identify as Latinos because they wanted to avoid the negative labels associated with the term, including concerns that teachers lowered their expectations for perceived minorities. After interviewing Hispanic/Latino students on campus, I argue that the Latino identity has shifted into a more positive connotation label. The label Latino has helped students share a common culturer, regardless of age, heritage or nationality.