Publication Date: November 5, 2021
Apoyo Sacrificial explores the experiences of undocumented Latinx parents as they support and guide their children’s pathways to higher education, and how their precarious immigration status impacts this support. In addition to analyzing the various understandings, interactions, and relationships undocumented Latinx parents develop with different education entities, including secondary schools and colleges and universities, the book also examines these in relation to the various social, political, and economic factors that shape parents’ engagement with their children’s education. Cuevas illuminates how the parents in her study engaged in supportive behaviors similar to those of middle- and upper-class families despite the barriers they faced, such as low-income households, undocumented legal status, and single parenting. Providing an alternative view of parental engagement and access to higher education, Apoyo Sacrificial will help educators truly meet the needs of marginalized students and communities.
Stephany Cuevas is an assistant professor of education in the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, where she teaches in the Integrated Educational Studies (IES) program. Dr. Cuevas served as a college advisor in Oakland Unified School District and as the lead seminar instructor for the UC Berkeley Summer Bridge Program.
“This incredible study uncovers the strategies employed by undocumented Latinx parents and the sacrifices they make to provide their children foundational opportunities critical to college success. Theoretically engaging, empirically rich, and effectively argued, Apoyo Sacrificial, Sacrificial Support sheds important light on contemporary family engagement and the Herculean efforts undertaken by immigrant parents despite structural challenges. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding college readiness and the important role of the family.”
—Roberto G. Gonzales, Richard Perry University Professor, University of Pennsylvania