Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Communication Studies


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Fong, Mary

Second Advisor

Heisterkamp, Brian

Third Advisor

Murillo, Enrique


East Desert Unified School District (EDUSD) serves many immigrant, migrant, and first generation students. The objective of this thesis is to identify the community processes and channels used that it serves. Organizationally, the interractions between the district and its communities will be studied from a systems perspective. Intercultural communication theories and organizational communication theories provide lenses for examining the communication processes occuring between the communbity and organization within the district, the parents resource service center alone with children and Family Services are grant supported and provide outreach services to community members.