Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership



First Reader/Committee Chair

Nancy Acevedo


Undocumented Latinx college students have experienced and continue to experience challenges to earn their American dream (Pentón, Herrera & Obregón, 2018). Their aspirations and resiliency are facing one of the biggest challenges yet with the rhetoric and actions of the Trump Administration. These actions may have major implications on their journey through higher education and society. In California alone there are approximately 38,000 undocumented college students who could be in jeopardy of their future, and the implications of the current presidency’s actions could have enormous impacts on their lives (Gonzáles, 2009). By wanting to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Trump places the faith and lives of undocumented Latinx college students on the hands of Congress. Students who were hoping to be able to use their degrees with the work permit given by DACA, may not be able to do so anymore if there is no immigration reform that will enable them to work with the same opportunities as their resident and citizen counterparts, and use their degree to contribute professionally to this society. There are three objectives of the study: To find out and learn from the experiences of undocumented Latinx college students. To understand how the experiences of undocumented Latinx college students navigate higher education, the current rhetoric, their aspirations and persistency to achieve their professional goals, and to provide a different perspective on educational attainment through a CRT lens of undocumented students.