Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Professor

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

Applications for Fall 2017 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, pedagogical material preparation, and occasional on site visits to elementary and middle schools in San Francisco.


1) In addition to project team meetings once a week, the undergraduate researchers will enter, code, and manage project data based on fieldnotes, transcribed video, and audio recordings. They will work closely with other research assistants who are part of the project employing DEDOOSE online (qualitative research software- training will be provided). They will also transcribe audio/video material. In addition, they will also conduct research to support the preparation of teaching material.

2) Field visits, workshops, and observations with project director and research team to sites in the Mission in San Francisco.

Qualifications: • Language skills: required - Spanish; desirable - Yucatec Maya • The research assistants will be familiar with general immigration and education issues in California and Mexico. • Apprentices will receive training in DEDOOSE, qualitative software, and on ethnographic methods • Desired skills: knowledge of basic Microsoft Office programs (Word, excel, powerpoint), Mendeley (to construct bibliographies), digital recording (with camera)

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

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

Closed (2) Policy Research for Latinas/os affiliated with the Center for Latino Policy Research

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

This project is affiliated with the Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) which offers opportunities for 4-5 URAP researchers during the academic year 2015-2016.
http://clpr.berkeley.edu/


URAP researchers will join the Latinos and the Environment initiative at CLPR


URAP researchers will participate in meetings with the project supervisors, Prof. Patricia Baquedano-Lopez and/or Lupe Gallegos-Diaz. Similar to internship models, students also participate in day-to-day Center operations thereby gaining important knowledge on establishing research programs and agendas in higher education. They might also work with partners outside the university for collaboration, data collection and other research support.



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

Qualifications: URAP students should have competencies in Word programs, main social media platforms, and excellent writing skills. They will often meet and work with university and community partners and good interpersonal skills are a must. Bilingual English-Spanish competencies desirable but not essential.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

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

Applications for Fall 2017 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?

RAP participants will join a team of researchers managing a database of ethnographic interviews collected in Yucatan. Students will be trained in transcription methods and on data base management.

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 expertise with Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs. Spanish speaking/writing skills is highly desired.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs