Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

John Giordano

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand how stereotype threat and stigma consciousness affect academic success, and if so, whether they create additional educational barriers for young people who live in marginalized communities. The participant sample was composed of Latinx professionals that currently hold leadership positions in socially and economically challenged communities and who are representative of the demographics of the community. Participants responded to a survey designed to explore experiences with the following themes: ethnic identification, stereotype and stigma awareness, self-perception, attitudes towards academic abilities, and negative responses. The research findings provided an analysis of the extent to which stereotypes and stigma impact the development of the Latinx ethnic-identity and self-perception on abilities to attain academic success.

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