Targets but not Victims: Latina/o College Students and Arizona’s Racial Politics

Julian J. Mendez, Nolan L. Cabrera

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This study examines the experiences of 18 Latina/o students attending the University of Arizona in the wake of SB 1070 (anti-immigrant) and HB 2281 (anti-Mexican American Studies). Students experienced a hostile campus climate; however, many channeled their frustrations into political engagement. Findings indicate that despite anti-Latina/o legislation and a hostile campus racial climate, students do not necessarily become racial victims. Practitioners should create opportunities for students to engage in dialogue, which critically analyzes racial policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-391
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 11 2015


  • Arizona
  • HB 2281
  • Latina/o students
  • SB 1070
  • campus racial climate
  • multicontexual model for diverse learning environments
  • racial politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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