JOSHUA G. ACOSTA (Spring 2023)
Department: Ethnic Studies
Project Title: Exhibiting Abjection: American Humanitarianism, White Love, Disability, and Filipino Leprous Children
In December of 1927, a group of Filipina children found themselves in a luxury department store in Philadelphia. As part of an event hosted by the Leonard Wood Memorial for the Eradication of Leprosy, an American-run charity, the children were staged in an exhibit to raise money for patients at the Culion Island clinic, the site of the world’s largest leprosy sanitarium, in the western Philippines. In this project, I examine how race, gender, and disability intersect through the display of Filipina children in reproducing notions of infantilism, domesticity, femininity, and dependency in American philanthropy and cultural projects of overseas imperialism. Central to these efforts was the circulation of the abject and disease-ridden Filipino leprous child which became a forceful emblem to recast the image of Philippine dependence. Moreover, this project explores the cultural life of humanitarianism and transpacific empire-building by centering how racialized and gendered images of colonial disability in the Philippines shaped the tenor of American international altruism in the early 20th century.
TANYA BERTONE & JUSTIN LIMOGES (Spring 2023)
Department: Archaeology, Anthropology
Project Title: Community Accountable Archaeology Project: UCB/White Mountain Apache Collaboration on a Cultural Heritage Resources
This project emerged out of a seminar focused on 1) critically analyzing past archaeological work in relation to Native American communities and 2) identifying emerging best practices in the field, with an emphasis on ethical and sustainable modes of interaction between archaeological researchers and the communities in which they are operating (Atalay 2012,2016; Tuhiwai Smith 2012; Lightfoot and Lopez 2013). The goal of our collaborative project was to work with the WMA Tribal Heritage Preservation Officer to produce a tangible “pocket sized” zine that includes an adapted version of the current White Mountain Apache Cultural Heritage Resources Best Management Practices guide, along with additional community resources. As we move further into the digital age it is important to acknowledge that access to technological resources are not evenly distributed, and are often in especially short supply within Native communities. There is something to be said for the physicality and permanence of a book or magazine, which can spark a memory or reward curiosity, and we believe that providing culturally relevant information in an accessible format is a vital way to ensure that archaeological work occurs in collaborative dialogue with, rather than at the extractive expense of, Native communities. In working with the WMA community, our focus has been on a creative collaboration aimed at realizing a tribe-identified goal that would have otherwise been hampered by resource constraints.
ANDRES CAICEDO (Spring 2023)
Department: Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Project Title: Caring for Palm Trees: The Gendered Politics of Plant Reproduction and Assisted Pollination in Colombian Oil Palm Plantations
The plant disease Bud Rot is my ethnographic entry point to examining the gendered labor regimes, plant reproduction strategies, and scientific interventions that sustain three Colombian major oil palm plantations: Tumaco, Puerto Wilches, and Magdalena. Bud rot rose to global notoriety as the main threat to palm monoculture in Latin America, especially in Colombia, where the disease led to the near-total destruction of plantations by the beginning of the 21st century. In response, Colombian scientists designed a new palm tree resistant to bud rot but that, as an infertile species, depends on the human labor practice of assisted pollination. Companies claim they prefer to hire “women” and “single mothers” as pollinators, arguing their hand skills, values, and social conditions fit assisted pollination’s goals: fixing plant infertility, saving the agro-industry, and promoting gender equity. I investigate how these gendered narratives about reproduction, care, infertility, and dexterity emerge across Colombian plantations. Over 18 months of fieldwork, I will interact with plantation scientists, managers, and pollinators to understand how they perceive and experience assisted pollination. My research unifies science studies and environmental and feminist anthropology to interrogate how gendered politics of plant reproduction sustain plantations amid international concerns about unruly pathogens in agrobusiness.
ATAYA CESSPOOCH (Fall 2022)
Department: Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Project Title: Making Power: Indigenous Sovereignty, Oil and Gas Development and Environmental Justice on the Ute Reservation
There has been a recent profusion of scholarship situating oil and gas development/extraction (ODG) as an environmental justice issue impeding Indigenous sovereignty. Yet, multiple tribal nations rely on OGD for revenue and their perspectives remain largely unexamined in the literature. The Ute Tribe has been leasing land on their 1.2-million-acre Reservation in northeastern Utah since 1971 and this revenue has lifted the Tribe out of poverty. However, the permitting process for a well on the Reservation involves a tangled web of environmental approvals from four federal agencies whose decision-making processes often do not include the Tribe. This is in direct contradiction to the Tribe’s own jurisdiction, making “ the environment” a contested space and its protection deeply political. Exacerbating these tensions, air quality on the Reservation has reached unhealthy levels with 90 percent of emissions coming from OGD. This project draws on critical Indigenous studies and political ecology to examine the complex and contradictory relationships between OGD, Indigenous sovereignty, and environmental justice on the Ute Reservation. I will engage in archival and ethnographic research to explore how Ute people rationalize OGD, and its concomitant environmental and public health issues, within Ute epistemologies.
AJ KURDI (Fall 2022)
Department: Comparative Ethnic Studies
Project Title: The Multiscalars of Intersectionality: Ethnic Minority Queer Organizing in Comparative Perspective
My doctoral research aims to detangle conceptual and empirical puzzles pertaining to transnational social movements, equality policies and intersectionality. By conducting a comparative study on the self-organization of queer people belonging to racial and ethnic minorities in Hungary, Germany, Canada and the United States, I seek to demonstrate how different forms of ethnic minority queer organizing shape the priorities and political orientations of mainstream LGBTQI movements and public policies in Europe and North America.
LUIZA BASTOS LAGES (Fall 2022)
Department: Comparative Ethnic Studies
Project Title: Interview with Brazilian Artist Luana Vitra
With the support of the CRG Student Grants Program, I will conduct an in person, filmed interview with the Brazilian artist Luana Vitra, focusing on her art practice as well as her art installation "Zanzado em Trama é Armação de Arapuca", exhibited at the FRESTAS Trienal de Arte, SESC- Sorocaba, Brazil. This interview is a crucial component of my current doctoral research which centers the contemporary art practices of Indigenous, Black, and mestiza artists from Latin America, and their diaspora in North America, with a focus on how particular aesthetic practices interrogate and resist the coloniality of gender and its intrinsic hierarchies of racial categorization. I am eager to consider how these practices may constitute an insurgence-resurgence of non-modern (non-Western-colonial) knowledges, reconceptualize the human as delinked from the imposed modern colonial episteme, and elicit a sensory-erotics of affinity carved out of—and in spite of—difference. By extension, I also intend to explore how specific art practices may open possibilities for a reconception of aesthetics, one detached from Enlightenment aesthetic philosophy, which has decisively served to regiment hierarchies of the human, determining who gets to be a subject of rights in a liberal state. Ultimately, I will inquire how these art practices might repair the modern separation of knowing, sensing, and being to amplify what art can be, do, and become.
JAYE MEJIA-DUWAN (Fall 2022)
Department: Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Project Title: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Strategies of Resistance Employed by QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) Agricultural Collectives
Myriad groups have been excluded from studies of the environment and agriculture. Recent research analyzes the unique relationships of people of color to environmental topics. In addition, nascent research has investigated queer communities in relation to environmental studies. Yet very little work has brought these two analytical perspectives into conversation with one another. My work pairs scholarship on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color food sovereignty and community resistance with scholarship on queer agricultural communities to explore the particular relations of QTPOC to land and agriculture as well as their unique strategies for advancing political inclusion and social equity. My work highlights the intersectional forms of discrimination that QTPOC face in relation to agriculture, food security, and food sovereignty. Simultaneously, I investigate unique strategies of QTPOC resistance while creating reciprocal and collaborative relationships with community members. Of particular interest are the role of disability in mediating agricultural relationships; coalitional possibilities between Black, Indigenous, and Latinx queer agriculturalists; mutual aid and anti-capitalist organizing; diasporic spices and traditional medicines; and the role of agricultural collectives in helping marginalized communities adapt to climate change.
MARTHA ORTEGA MENDOZA (Fall 2022)
Department: Graduate School of Education
Project Title: The Testimonios of UndocuGrads: Undocumented Latinx/a/o Doctoral Students attending the University of California (UC) system
Martha's dissertation seeks to document and uplift undocumented graduate students’ voices and experiences as they navigate professional and academic degree doctoral programs. The research questions guiding her dissertation are as follows: What factors, if any, influence the educational experiences of undocumented Latinx/a/o doctoral students at the University of California? And what are the support mechanisms that undocumented Latinx/a/o doctoral students draw upon to navigate their respective doctoral programs? To begin answering these questions, Martha's dissertation will conduct online individual testimonial interviews with either current or recent Latinx/a/o doctoral graduates who completed their degrees from one of the UC campuses.
DAVID PHAM (Spring 2023)
Department: Ethnic Studies
Project Title: Sensing Relation: The Care Work of Cetacean Necropsy in the Learning Endings Project
Learning Endings is an interdisciplinary research project led by artist Patty Chang, veterinary pathologist Aleksija Neimanis, and feminist cultural theorist and ecofeminist writer Astrida Neimanis. Their collaborative research uses scientific, artistic, and humanistic perspectives to study cetacean death as an entry point to foregrounding and understanding the various social, political, and ecological crises, or endings, in which the world is mired. In studying the death of marine mammals, the researchers are invested in locating the possibility of multispecies care through the scientific practice of necropsy. Support from the CRG will allow me to travel to Purchase, New York to attend an immersive, participatory performance and talk by Chang, Neimanis, and Neimanis at the Neuberger Museum that draws upon their research findings from Learning Endings. The participatory performance will invite audience members to participate in a memory game based on Learning Endings' “Touch Ritual Archive”—a series of images that document the tender relation between the scientist and the mammal and the care work the scientist performs post-mortem. This research grant will assist me in developing Chapter Four of my dissertation, tentatively titled “Theorizing the Liquid Cosmos: Oceanic Life and Interspecies Relation in the Works of Patty Chang and Wu Tsang.”
JENNY PHAM (Spring 2023)
Project Title: Sex in the City: Intimate Relations between Sex Workers, the Military, and Local Governments
My proposed project explores the intertwined relationship between three key actors – sex workers, military personnel (American and Vietnamese), and local government – that contributed to the expansion of the sex industry in the RVN from 1954-1975. Why and how do subeconomies reliant on sexual labor proliferate near military bases? To what extent were gender relations influenced and shaped by race and class? To investigate the social and cultural history from the perspective of sex workers, I ask what was the nature of social relations between South Vietnamese sex workers, their clients (white and Black American soldiers versus Vietnamese soldiers or locals of different economic classes), provincial governments, and the state (South Vietnam and America)? To what extent did the concentrated influx of American military personnel influence South Vietnamese provincial government and society and vice versa? By exploring these questions, I hope to broaden our understanding of how race and class influenced gender relations and government policies in South Vietnam from 1954-1975. Using archival materials, my project expands existing knowledge in the fields of Vietnamese studies, postcolonial studies, and gender studies by highlighting the experiences of South Vietnamese sex workers, a historically marginalized population.
TIARE RIBEAUX (Spring 2023)
Department: Art Practice
Project Title: Ke Aka (The Reflection)
Māhū is a gender identity that is currently being reclaimed by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) as a Hawaiian cultural identity/role as was practiced by our ancestors pre-contact. To be māhū is to move between the spectrum of male and female but prescribe to neither, and is often associated with balancing of energies and healing, and is a spiritual role. The experience of being māhū is often not fully understood even within Hawaiian communities, let alone the rest of the world. I am currently writing a feature film screenplay “Ke Aka (The Reflection)” that centers intergenerational and multi-dimensional Māhū characters - as a story it aims to give a voice to us and show the many aspects of our cultural identity. My hope is that with this grant, I can continue to research māhū as a role/gender identity through these focus areas/questions: how our ancestors lived and worked in this role, the ways in which settler-colonialism had suppressed this role, the ways it persisted, and the ways it is being reclaimed through different practitioners in Hawai‘i. Through reading books and articles, watching media, speaking with mentors, and writing about my own lived experience, I plan to incorporate this research into my screenplay and larger body of work.
NATASHA SHANNON (Spring 2023)
Department: Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Project Title: Advancing Appalachia: A Comparative Analysis of Agrifood Tech and Regenerative Agriculture Rural Development Strategies in Central Appalachia
My research examines the role of agrarian rural development strategies in supporting just economic and ecological transitions in Central Appalachia. Agrarian rural development in Central Appalachia currently takes two broad approaches: large-scale, capital-intensive, technology-oriented agrifood tech initiatives and small-scale, low-input, community-oriented regenerative agriculture initiatives. Both agrarian development visions aim to create jobs, confront climate change, revitalize regional ecologies, and empower marginalized communities. Similar challenges face agrifood tech and regenerative agriculture programs, including entrenched extractive agricultural models, historical and structural barriers to rural development in Appalachia, regional stigmas and marginalization, and agrarian legacies of racialized and gendered dispossession. It is in this context that I seek to understand why and how rural development is taking an agrarian turn in Central Appalachia, and with what consequences for the communities involved. I draw on qualitative mixed methods for this work, including participant observation; in-depth, semi-structured interviews; archival and demographic research; and content and discourse analysis.
AMBER SWEAT (Fall 2022)
Project Title: "Banlieues Bleues": Girl/womanhood, "néo-négritude", and the peripheral communion
My research project, with travel support from the Berkeley Center for Race and Gender, will consider the Paris metropolitan's “Banlieues bleues’’ festival as an afterlife of the négritude movement’s Black arts festival, which first took place in Dakar 1966. While the festival does not officially champion any racio-ethnic specificity, I conceptualize it as a site of Black gathering that has recently taken on both youthed and feminized dimensions in tandem with Blackness; essentially, its novel programming structure and iconography centralize Black womanhood, girlhood, and afroféminisme, that which have largely been exempt from conversations on Paris’ periphery due to the banlieue’s historically adulti-fied and masculinized imaginary. I will be evaluating the ways in which Black women and girls cultivate allegiances between themselves, other girls and women of the Black francophone diaspora, and broader transatlantic networks. Going a bit deeper, I am particularly interested in how this festival will forge networks between Black girls and women in a peri/‘post’-COVID world. How can Black girls and women sing together— how can we melodically breathe together —in an era where the dissemination of contaminated breath has destabilized and restructured our methods of communion?
TIFFANY TAYLOR (Fall 2022)
Project Title: Additional Support Necessary to Overcome Programmatic Barriers to Return to Work and Rehabilitation
This research project seeks to understand the diverse perspectives, opinions, and lived experiences of individuals participating in the Ticket to Work (TTW) program. Emphasis is placed on gaining more information, via in-depth interviews, on the resources and support necessary to overcome systematic barriers to rehabilitation and employment. Many studies have highlighted the systemic and programmatic barriers to employment among SSDI and SSI beneficiaries participating in work incentive programs. However, limited studies have focused on illuminating the experiences of diverse individuals’ and perspectives on the resources necessary to overcome these hindrances.
IDA WILSON (Spring 2023)
Department: School of Public Health
Project Title: It Affects Us Too: The Public Health Effects of Police Violence Impacting Black and Latina Women
Encounters with the police are a leading cause of morbidity, mortality, as well as a myriad of other poor health outcomes for people of color in the United States. There have been many documented deaths of Black and Latina women at the hands of the police, and in addition to fatal encounters, these women have experienced other forms of police violence, including excessive use of force while pregnant, and sexual violence. Despite these issues, the discourse of police violence has mostly been examined in the context of Black men’s adverse encounters with the police, ultimately overshadowing the experiences of women of color. Due to this issue, little research has focused on the experiences of women of color and the extent to which the police and police violence have an impact on their health and well-being. To address this gap, my research will examine: (1) the ways in which Black and Latina women encounter police and police violence; (2) the ways in which they define police violence and how they perceive it to uniquely impact them and (3) the extent to which these encounters impact their health and well-being.
MICHAEL ALLEN WRIGHT (Spring 2023)
Project Title: The Demise of Urban Renewal and the Invention of Land Banking
This dissertation is a historical case study of the emergence of private-public partnerships for urban redevelopment, with a focus on urban renewal and land banking. By process tracing the case of urban redevelopment in Detroit from 1950 to 2020, I argue that the emergence of land banking is linked to the demise of urban renewal. I track the key moments of this gradual transformation of legal institutions and organizational forms across the local field of urban redevelopment in Detroit and the US national juridical field. The project has broad theoretical implications for sociological field theory, and contributes substantively to the sociology of law, organizations, law and society, urban sociology, urban planning and racial inequality.
NILO BAÑOS (Fall 2022)
Department: Legal Studies
Project Title: A Narrative on Latina Oldest Daughters, From Immigrant Households Navigating Higher Education
Households typically take on significant roles of responsibility within caregiving, emotional support for family members, language brokering, and so on. A variety of literature points to the correlation between birth order and mental health risk factors. First borns are reported to have higher emotional disorders as well as educational achievement being lower. Latina undergraduate students already face a challenging time navigating higher education with challenges being intensified by cultural norms and family expectations. Considering such challenges, as well as, the weight of expectations both during formative years and through undergraduate school, how does that affect the navigation of higher education for LODs? This study aims to identify common threads amongst the lived experiences of oldest daughters and use my findings to further investigate the factors that Latina oldest daughter's identity as having an significant impact on their decisions attending college, and how it affects eldest latina daughters through the navigation of higher education both academically and socially.
SARA BETTS (Fall 2022)
Department: Political Economy
Project Title: “Awareness, Access, and Eligibility: Health Insurance Enrollment and Navigation of the U.S. Healthcare System Post-Incarceration
This research project seeks to better understand how outcome gaps between individuals with different socioeconomic status affect their interactions with the U.S. healthcare system after incarceration. Many states have different approaches to connecting individuals to coverage and care upon reentry, but little research has documented the best practices and challenges involved in doing so. My project asks two key questions. First, what are the challenges associated with individuals’ health insurance enrollment and navigation of the United States healthcare system upon release from prison? Second, what are the programmatic and policy opportunities that may lower these barriers and increase access to the coverage and care that is so critical for formerly incarcerated individuals? Following an in-depth analysis and discussion, this study will contribute to increasing awareness of the awareness, access, and eligibility barriers that formerly incarcerated face in the U.S. healthcare system and therefore serve as a step toward mitigating those barriers.
MEL BRITT (Fall 2022)
Department: Political Science
Project Title: Localizing Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia's Indirect Contribution to National Healing
This project will examine the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and its contribution to national healing beyond prosecutions. The ECCC was established in 2003 to hold individuals legally accountable for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The international community has been quick to criticize the court given that the ECCC was only able to convict three individuals by the end of its mandate. However, emerging local stories suggest that the influence of the tribunal reaches far beyond the courtroom. The ECCC is currently partnering with several domestic non-governmental organizations that are increasing opportunities for testimonial therapy, psychological healing, education, and memorialization. Yet, the extent and impact of these contributions on national healing have not been thoroughly examined. An in-depth understanding of the non-judicial activities the ECCC has supported will allow scholars to have a more comprehensive understanding of the role international criminal tribunals might play in the pursuit of justice for mass atrocity crimes.
MARK DEL TORO (Fall 2022)
Department: Chicanx Latinx Studies
Project Title: How does a parent’s immigration status impact Chicanx/a/o undergraduate students when pursuing higher education in a predominantly white institution?
Coming from a mixed-status family can be difficult growing up since citizen children are exposed to their family's vulnerability at a young age. These experiences can affect the way children navigate life and could follow them as they become adults. Existing literature on the importance of a parent’s legal status discusses various themes revolving around the development of children coming from these mixed-status backgrounds. The prominent themes that were constantly mentioned were: a) understanding the importance of their parents’ legal status and affects it has due to immigration policy changing, b) the threat of deportation that children experience at a young age, and c) children are impacted by their parent’s legal status as it can affect their education and upward mobility. My research question investigates the following: “How does a parent’s immigration status impact Chicanx/a/o undergraduate students when pursuing higher education in a predominantly white institution?” By reviewing the effects a parent’s legal status has on a child as they grow older, my study is aimed to look into the social, mental, and educational journeys that Chicanx/a/o undergraduate students face as they become adults and navigate higher education on their own. Throughout my research, in-depth interviews will be conducted where Chicanx/a/o undergraduate students will be interviewed to experience firsthand the hardships that these citizen children had to endure as they navigated life as de facto undocumented immigrants rather than the citizen that they are. This research will contribute to existing literature that has been made about undocumented parents' struggles in assisting their citizen children to pursue higher education, along with possibly developing new policies or protocols that can protect citizen children from constantly living in fear due to their parent's immigration status/troubles.
JENNY LEE (Spring 2023)
Department: History, Media Studies
Project Title: 'Ghostly' Histories: Alternative Frameworks for Understanding the Memories, Experiences, and Representations of South Korean 'Comfort Women'
In my undergraduate thesis, I studied the issue of South Korean ‘comfort women’ (or “halmonis”) through a gendered historical lens. I proposed alternative frameworks of understanding the complex, ongoing experiences of the halmonis, including bodies and independent activist museums as crucial, subjective sites of knowledge. I asked, “How do we reconcile the tensions between established public narratives and individual recollections? What are the possibilities for representing an ‘accurate’ reality and explaining the complexities of psychosocial, gendered trauma the halmonis go through on a daily basis?” I will continue exploring these questions through independent research this summer, supplementing my archival analyses with ethnographic fieldwork, semi-structured interviews, and critical dialogues with academic experts at Ewha Womans University. I also aim to explore these inquiries in tandem with questions of ethnic nationalism (e.g., how understandings of the halmonis are influenced by Korean national identity and “minjok,” the concept of a “Korean race”), along with culture (e.g., Confucian societal values and “han,” an emotion of resentment and grief that is described as uniquely specific to the people of Korea). I will examine how such sociopolitical and cultural elements have complicated the halmonis’ gendered experiences, trauma, and subjectivity, as well as how their ongoing histories are understood in Korean society. Ultimately, my project seeks to meditate on the broader question, “What does South Korean historiography of ‘comfort women’ tell us about the making of its national identity?”
AARTHI MUTHUKUMAR (Fall 2022)
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
Project Title: Safe and Sound: Gender Violence and the Routines of Daily Living
Women experience multitudes of cultural guidance on how they must conduct themselves in order to avoid any confrontations that may result in violence. My project will look at how South Asian women of various religious and cultural backgrounds have altered their daily lives and their forms of living in order to avoid being confronted with violence. I will collect narratives of their daily lives and routines, and analyze the methods in which they structure their lives around protecting themselves from harm. I will specifically conduct qualitative interviews on how honor and gender violence is perceived and lived by women of South Asian descent. I’d like to see what South Asian women are individually taught about gender violence, and how that affects their daily actions (i.e. not going out after 6pm, or dressing a certain way, etc.). I’d diversify the cultural backgrounds of the women, and see if culture plays an aspect in the determination of how South Asian women conduct themselves on a daily basis. The main question I will be answering is: how do South Asian women structure their daily lives around avoiding gender-based violence?
RUHAO (IRENE) PANG (Fall 2022)
Project Title: How Do You Decide Your Major(s)?: An Extended Study of Asian American Female College Students’ Major Choice(s)n
The “model minority myth” is an overgeneralized symbol for Asian Americans, which defines the characters and pursuits of Asian Americans based on their racial identity. Meanwhile, the myth perpetuates an image of Asian women as feminine, caring, and gentle. Thus, the intersectionality of race and gender creates overlapping pressure and discrimination against Asian female college students. Given the stereotypes of the Asian and Asian female community, this study will answer the following research question by adding a gender component: How did Asian American female college students choose their major(s)? This research aims to navigate the variety of reactions when Asian American female students choose a major in college. This research will extend my prior research at the University of California, Berkeley. While the existing literature mostly talks about conformity of the model minority myth, this study will explain how students develop their unique strategy to show their agency when deciding on their college major(s). By exploring personal motivation, family expectations, and institutional influences, this research will extend the scope of the existing literature to explore students’ agency, and how Asian American female students negotiate and balance multiple factors that influence their major choice(s).
CELIA RODRIGUEZ (Spring 2023)
Department: Chicanx Latinx Studies
Project Title: The impacts and effects to Latinx Student-Parents at UC Berkeley University during the Covid-19 pandemic
The global pandemic affected students-parents on a massive scale in the United States, including Latinx Student-parents who had to find rapid solutions to housing relocations, the drastic transition to remote instruction for themselves and their children, possible job relocation or losses, school closures and child care. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, the mental health of students has drastically suffered due to these difficult times. Unfortunately, many institutions have not taken students’ concerns into account which has resulted in the ability and wellbeing of Latinx Student-Parents providing a healthy and sustainable living environment for their families so students can maintain good grades without the added strain of stress.