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Undocumented Student Mattering
CAMPUS HOUSING AND UNDOCUMENTED COLLEGE STUDENTS
In this literature review, we highlight the benefits of living on campus for undocumented
students, as well as the challenges of having to commute.
The Benefits of Living on Campus
A large body of scholarship supports the numerous reasons why living on campus
can be beneficial to undergraduates, including improvements in retention (Schudde,
2011), sense of belonging (Dumford et al., 2019), and the ability to meet interpersonal
and health needs (Jacoby & Garland, 2004). Schudde's (2011) work is vitally important
to understanding on-campus housing's impact on undergraduate retention. Using
national longitudinal data, Schudde employed propensity score matching and logistic
regression models to illustrate how on-campus housing improves first-year undergraduate
retention and social integration, reporting that students who lived on campus participated
in more extracurricular activities, worked fewer hours at a job, and reenrolled
at significantly higher rates than did peers living off campus.
Numerous scholars have studied the value of living on campus as it relates to
student engagement and sense of belonging. Jacoby and Garland (2004) found that
students who live off campus can lack a strong sense of belonging to their campus
and may have unmet needs, such as food or access to health care, which inhibits their
engagement and satisfaction. Dumford and colleagues (2019) explored how students'
sense of belonging is cultivated by the places and people where they live; students
living with roommates on campus had higher levels of self-perceived peer and institutional
belonging. There are also specific challenges for students who must commute to
campus and may feel marginalized as a result (Kodama, 2002), since they experience
a cumulative disadvantage due to unreliable transportation issues (Dache, 2022).
Undocumented College Student Experiences
Scholarship on undocumented college students explores their limited access to financial
aid, identity-based resources, and supportive educators. The recent ASHE/ACPA joint
statement highlights a restrictive policy landscape for these students, which is " riddled
with federal and state public policies that severely restrict the postsecondary education
access and success of undocumented and DACA recipient students " (Nienhusser et al.,
n.d., p. 5). In addition to limited access to tuition benefits and financial aid, " Undocumented
immigrants and many DACA recipients encounter challenges receiving state
occupational licensing and certifications due to their immigration status " (Nienhusser
et al., n.d., p. 7). Also, students may feel uncomfortable on college and university
. . . students who lived on campus participated in more
extracurricular activities, worked fewer hours at a job,
and reenrolled at significantly higher rates than did peers
living off campus.
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