Monica Avina

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Shon, Herbert

Second Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study was to identify the obstacles faced by African American and Hispanic students as well as the motivations that help them thrive in today's society through a college education. This is important for social workers who work with ethnic minorities because by learning about ways in which these two groups are still being oppressed, they can find ways of empowering them to overcome barriers to accessing higher education. 85 students from Hispanic and African American descent at California State University San Bernardino were surveyed.