Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Professor

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

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 15th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 28th at 9 AM.

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 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)


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Prof. Patricia Baquedano-López, Graduate School of Education (Cluster in Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender), Staff Researcher

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)

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Graduate School of Education. BRAND NEW building on Berkeley Way and Shattuck! My Project Room # is 4239. And for off campus visits, BART: Mission and 16th Street, San Francisco (fare is paid by project)

Open (2) On Becoming Multilingual: Children's Worlds and Words - Textbook design and production project

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 15th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 28th at 9 AM.

Want to get experience assisting in the production of a textbook on language learning designed for undergraduate students? Sign up for units to get a closer view into the process and final research stages in the production of an academic book that I am completing.

Tasks include researching and assisting in the design of the book's format that includes juxtaposing of text and images with links to online classroom material; formatting of bibliographies and student resources; and online searches for miscellaneous "student activities and content." Tasks also entail working closely with a group of researchers, editors, and publishing house.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Prof. Patricia Baquedano-López, Graduate School of Education (Cluster in Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender) , Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Microsoft Office (word, powerpoint, etc)

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Graduate School of Education. BRAND NEW building on Berkeley Way and Shattuck! My Project Room # is 4239.

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

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 15th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 28th at 9 AM.

This research project is a pretty cool collaboration between the University of California and the University of Colima, Mexico, and it focuses on the cultural and social processes that have generated indigenous migration from Yucatan to California, in particular to San Francisco. The project is asking: 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 researchers will join a team that is managing a database of ethnographic interviews collected in Yucatan and in the Bay Area. Their tasks will include:
-Transcription of audio recorded interviews (research assistants will be trained in transcription methods)
-Retrieval and analysis of data from Dedoose project database (online qualitative research software- training will be provided!).

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Prof. Patricia Baquedano-López, Graduate School of Education (Cluster in Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender)

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 movement/relocation/displacement of indigenous people. Required expertise with Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs. Spanish speaking/writing skills are highly desired.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Graduate School of Education. BRAND NEW building on Berkeley Way and Shattuck! My Project Room # is 4239.

Related website: http://clpr.berkeley.edu/transnational-families-and-return-migration