2018 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Abstract

This study examines the types of discrimination Latin@ college students in Iowa face in day-to-day life. The study focuses on both covert discrimination (i.e. microaggressions) as well as direct discrimination. Based on the analysis of ethnographic interviews with 8 undergraduate students at UNI, Latin@s face discrimination in three primary ways. The first is due to people making assumptions about them. The second way is through exoticizing Latin@s. These types of discrimination are often not recognized as offensive or derogatory by the wrongdoer. Lastly, Latin@s are often the recipients of language-based discrimination. This form of discrimination has to do with the denigration of Spanish or perceptions about a non-native accent when speaking English. These discriminatory practices often have a lasting impact on Latin@s, including but not limited to fear of speaking their native language in public and being uncomfortable in public spaces due to their race or language.

Start Date

3-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

3-4-2018 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Elise DuBord

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

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La discriminación contra latinos (Discrimination Against Latinos)

This study examines the types of discrimination Latin@ college students in Iowa face in day-to-day life. The study focuses on both covert discrimination (i.e. microaggressions) as well as direct discrimination. Based on the analysis of ethnographic interviews with 8 undergraduate students at UNI, Latin@s face discrimination in three primary ways. The first is due to people making assumptions about them. The second way is through exoticizing Latin@s. These types of discrimination are often not recognized as offensive or derogatory by the wrongdoer. Lastly, Latin@s are often the recipients of language-based discrimination. This form of discrimination has to do with the denigration of Spanish or perceptions about a non-native accent when speaking English. These discriminatory practices often have a lasting impact on Latin@s, including but not limited to fear of speaking their native language in public and being uncomfortable in public spaces due to their race or language.