Student Research

Latinas Journey's To A Ph.D.: Resisting the Odds

According to educational statistics, Latinos are underrepresented in the percentage of the U.S. population that holds a Ph.D. The purpose of this research is to understand the experiences of various Latina women who began their educational journey at a community college and continued to further their educational career and receive a PhD. The research is qualitative, using interviews as the main source of data. The interviews were collected in 2016 and 2017 primarily via social media. The research included sixteen interviews, roughly about two to three hours per interview. The participants were asked questions about their life experiences throughout their educational path, up until they received their PhD. These questions allowed us to follow the women throughout their journey in the educational system and also provided insights on the differences and commonalities amongst the participants. The data shows that most of the women endured similar motivations and obstacles. However, there were also outliers that share their own unique experiences.