Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Professor

Closed (1) Education and immigration processes of Indigenous Latinx Students in Bay Area schools

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Starting with a set of generative questions, this project seeks to understand processes of migration to be encompassing of a wide array of educational experiences for Indigenous Latinx students in public schools. We focus on the following considerations:

•The strategies, resources, in short the politics of providing a public education to Indigenous children 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 Indigenous Latinx students and their families
• The maintenance of the home language(s)

The current phase of the study includes data collection, analysis, workshop/curriculum preparation, and occasional on-site visits to elementary schools in Oakland and 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 sites in Oakland and in San Francisco
, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: • Language skills: required - Spanish • The research assistants will be familiar with general immigration and education issues in California, Mexico, and Central America • 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 transportation to carry out research-related activities at school sites is covered by project.



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

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

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!).

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: https://lrc.berkeley.edu/