By LUCY, CAROLINA, and RACHEL
At My Undocumented Life Blog, we are excited to announce a new series called UndocuScholarship: Research by Formerly and Currently Undocumented Scholars. With support from The UndocuScholars Project at the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA, we commissioned writers to contribute blog posts with helpful advice and information about conducting immigration-related research as formerly or currently undocumented scholars.
We will feature about 10 posts. Authors of the series are pursuing careers in and outside of academia in several states including, Utah, Texas Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, California, and Arizona, and are pursuing or have graduated from various types of programs including undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Education, Political Science, Communications, Psychology, Social Work, Law, Public Policy, Ethnic Studies, and Sociology. We hope these posts will be helpful to ongoing discussions around choosing a research topic, searching for research opportunities, navigating the research/writing process, interrogating past and current approaches and other considerations for scholarship as formerly or currently undocumented scholars.
Stay tuned for the first post in the series next week!
Many thanks to Eva Diaz for her design of the image for the UndocuScholarship: Research by Formerly and Currently Undocumented Scholars series. And much thanks to The UndocuScholars Project at UCLA and The Ford Foundation for making this series possible.
Lucy is currently leading the development of the UndocuScholarship series, featuring the research of formerly and currently undocumented scholars. She is a first-generation PhD student in Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA. She has conducted qualitative research focusing on undocumented migrants and their experiences forming new family ties and navigating immigration law. She is involved with ongoing efforts to support undocumented and formerly undocumented graduate students.
Carolina founded My Undocumented Life in 2011 as a platform for undocumented communities to obtain up-to-date information and resources on pursuing higher education, immigration policies, and much more. She grew up undocumented in the U.S. for over a decade. Carolina recently completed her PhD in Education at Harvard. Her current research project explores the consequences of heightened immigration enforcement on undocumented immigrants and their families.
Rachel is currently leading several programming and outreach efforts at My Undocumented Life. She is a PhD student in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies where she is a Research Associate for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education. She has worked closely with undocumented youth in several regions including California, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.