Against all odds: Latinas activate agency to secure access to college

Vicki T. Sapp, Judy Marquez Kiyama, Amalia Dache-Gerbino

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


This qualitative study seeks to understand Latinas' college-going behaviors by examining their agency and role in securing opportunity for college. The authors examine the activation of agency among 16 urban Latinas when navigating the structures influencing college opportunity through a cultural ecological model. Examples of agency are represented as Latinas resist educational inequities and navigate their educational, familial, communal, and out-of-class environments. In some cases, individuals and systems within these environments serve as agents of resistance; in other environments, they serve as agents of support for Latinas. We specifically were interested in understanding how Latinas activate agency and make sense of how their college-going behaviors influenced college opportunity and transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-55
Number of pages17
JournalNASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'Against all odds: Latinas activate agency to secure access to college'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this