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Representations of Higher Education for Female Refugees in the United States

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dc.contributor.advisor Baily, Supriya Kruczek, Shelby
dc.creator Kruczek, Shelby 2020-05-06 2021-01-29T13:10:51Z 2021-01-29T13:10:51Z
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes the qualitative experiences of women with a refugee background as they pursued a college education in the Washington, D.C. Metro region. Conducted with five female refugee participants who were currently enrolled or aspiring to enroll in a community college or university, narrative interviews shed light on their experiences and attitudes related to higher education. A literature review contextualizes the challenges related to access and retention for refugee students as a marginalized college student population in the United States and abroad. Bronfenbrenner’s (1995) ecological systems model serves as a guiding conceptual framework for the research analysis, which describe themes of identity development, transitions, social responsibility, and the value of education. Despite significant hardships in their educational journeys, participants were largely hopeful about the role of college in their lives and were eager to use their education to make a positive difference in their communities. The findings benefit policy, practice, and scholarship on access and support for refugee students in higher education. en_US
dc.subject refugee student en_US
dc.subject refugee education en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject female refugee en_US
dc.subject college access en_US
dc.subject underrepresented student population en_US
dc.title Representations of Higher Education for Female Refugees in the United States en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Master's en_US Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Interdisciplinary Studies en_US

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