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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Gonzales

Abstract

ME AND MY HOMEBOYS: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY ON A SENSE OF BELONGING AS A DETROIT LATINO STUDENT

by

JUAN JOSE MARTINEZ

MARCH 2018

Advisor: Dr. Sandra Gonzales

Major: Curriculum and Instruction, Bilingual Bicultural Education

Degree: Doctor of Education

Using autoethnographic research for this study, I intimately explore my experiences in school as a Detroit Latino male and the relationship with my family, community, and school and how they intersected and helped me achieve academic success. I excavate the indigenous roots that characterizes my family’s way of knowing and explore how that foundation laid the ground work for the values that have shaped my identity. I select a personal narrative that relies on memories, photos, school yearbooks, and news clippings to describe my journey within the southwest Detroit Latina/o community. I identify the community institutions and their influences on me that contributed to my sense of belonging and eventual academic success.

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