Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Professor

Closed (1) Education and Immigration of Indigenous Students : Yucatan and San Francisco

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed for this project.

The emerging diaspora from Yucatan, Mexico, raises many questions of concern to educators working with immigrant youth. This fast growing Maya population in the Bay Area has only recently received attention in the media and in a few research studies. Starting with a set of generative questions, the project seeks to document the process of migration to be encompassing of a wide array of educational experiences for indigenous Yucatec Maya youth, more particularly focusing on:

•The strategies, resources, in short the politics of providing a public education to children of Yucatec Maya families and the linguistic and cultural negotiations that families and schools engage in the Bay Area of Northern California
• Emerging notions of indigeneity in the context of migration
• The knowledge of parents and families generated to support indigenous immigrant children in schools
• The impact of community organizations serving this immigrant community
• The maintenance of the home language(s), including Spanish, Yucatec Maya, and English

The current phase of the study includes data management and analysis, workshop/curriculum preparation, and occasional on-site visits to elementary school in San Francisco.

1) Undergraduate researchers will assist in interview and classroom observation data coding and retrieval employing DEDOOSE (online qualitative research software- training will be provided).
2) Attendance is expected during field visits and family workshops with project director and research team to school site in the Mission in San Francisco. (2-3 times during the semester)
3) Conduct library searches, Graduate Student

Qualifications: • Language skills: required - Spanish; desirable - Yucatec Maya • The research assistants will be familiar with general immigration and education issues in California and Mexico. • Desired skills: knowledge of basic Microsoft Office programs (Word, excel, powerpoint), Mendeley (to build bibliographies for publications)

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: For off campus visits, BART: Mission and 16th Street, San Francisco

Closed (2)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2018.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: , Staff Researcher


Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Closed (3) Transnational Processes and Practices of Return Migration: Maya Families from Yucatan across Borders and Generations

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed for this project.

This research project is a collaboration between the University of California and the University of Colima, Mexico, and it focuses on the cultural and social processes that have generated international indigenous Maya migration from Yucatan to California, in particular San Francisco. The project addresses a set of interrelated questions: 1) What are the social and cultural causes of transnational and return migration for the indigenous Maya community? 2) What are the social and cultural transformations in family structure for those who are involved in transnational relations and return migration? and 3) What are the educational practices and their implications for children in processes of transnationalism and return migration?

URAP participants will join a team of researchers managing a database of ethnographic interviews collected in Yucatan and in the Bay Area. Other tasks include:
-Transcription of audio recorded interviews (research assistants will be trained in transcription methods)
-Supervised library searches and summaries of library materials
-Assistance managing bibliographies for research publications
-Retrieval and analysis of data from Dedoose project database

Day-to-day supervisor for this project:

Qualifications: The desired qualifications/skills include familiarity with issues involved in migration (why people migrate to the U.S. for example, how they’re received once they arrived to the U.S.) and theories and experiences of displacement of indigenous people. Required expertise with Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs. Spanish speaking/writing skills is highly desired.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs