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Daysi Diaz-Strong

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

ETMSW 4212


1040 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:



Dr. Diaz-Strong’s immigrant background has shaped her professional and research interests in education and immigration. For various years, she worked in the community college system developing and implementing programs to improve the success of underrepresented students, and her research focuses on the experiences of Latinx undocumented immigrants and the impact of immigration policy on their educational and developmental trajectories.

Professional Interests

Educational outcomes and experiences of Latinx undocumented immigrants
Developmental trajectories of Latinx undocumented immigrants
Impact of immigration policy on immigrants and immigrant families
Identity development of immigrant populations

Teaching Experience

SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Selected Publications


Diaz‐Strong, D. X., & Gonzales, R. G. (2023). The divergent adolescent and adult transitions of Latin American undocumented minors. Child Development Perspectives.

García, A., Diaz-Strong, D.X., & Rodriguez Rodriguez, Y. (2022). A matter of time: The life course implications of deferred action for undocumented Latin American immigrants in the United States. Social Problems.

Diaz-Strong, D., Geiger, J., & Cormack Orellana, C. (2022). “I think there’s a lot of intersectionality”: The College experiences of immigrant-origin Latinx young adults with a foster care background. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Diaz-Strong, D. X. (2021). “When did I stop being a child?” The subjective feeling of adulthood of Mexican and Central American 1.25 generation immigrants. Emerging Adulthood.

Canizales, S., and Diaz-Strong, D. X. (2021), “Undocumented childhood arrivals in the U.S.: Widening the frame for research and policy,” Immigration Initiative at Harvard Issue Brief Series no. 11. Cambridge MA: Harvard University.

Diaz-Strong, D. X. (2021). “She Did Not Find One That Was for Me”: The College Pathways of the Mexican and Central American Undocumented 1.25 Generation. Harvard Educational Review, 91(1), 83-108.

Diaz-Strong, D. X., Roth, B. J., Velazquillo, A., & Zuch, M. (2021). Social Work Research on Immigrants: A Content Analysis of Leading Journals from 2007 to 2016. Social Work.

Diaz-Strong, D. X. (2020). “Why we could not study:” The gendered enrollment barriers of 1.25 Generation Immigrants. Children and Youth Services Review, 122.

Diaz-Strong, D. X. (2020). “Estaba bien chiquito” (I Was Very Young): The Transition to Adulthood and “Illegality” of the Mexican and Central American 1.25 Generation. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Diaz-Strong, D.X., & Ybarra, M. (2016). Disparities in high school completion among Latino childhood arrivals: The impact of the age-at-arrival and immigration status. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 282-289.  

Diaz-Strong, D., Gomez, C., Luna-Duarte, M., & Meiners, E. (2011). Purged: Undocumented students, financial aid policies, and access to higher education. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 10 (2), 107-119.

Diaz-Strong, D., Gomez, C., Luna-Duarte, M.E., Meiners, E.R., & Valentin, L. (2009). Organizing tensions: From the prison to the military industrial complex. Social Justice, 36 (2), 73-84.

Diaz-Strong, D., & Meiners, E. (2007). Residents, alien policies, and resistances: Experiences of undocumented Latina/o students in Chicago’s colleges and universities. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 3 (2).

Books and Book Chapters

Diaz-Strong, D., Luna-Duarte, M., Gomez, C.*, & Meiners, E.R.* (2014). Too close to the work/There is nothing right now. In M. T. Winn, & D. Paris (Eds.), Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Diaz-Strong, D., Gomez, C., Luna-Duarte, M., & Meiners, E.* (2012). Undocumented Latino youth strategizing for access to higher education. In P. Noguera, A. Hurtado & E. Fergus (Eds.), Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males: Contemporary Perspectives on Cultural and Structural Factors. New York: Routledge.

Editorial Reviews

Children and Youth Services Review
Journal of Community Practice
Journal of Adolescent Research


BA, National-Louis University
MA, Northeastern Illinois University
MSW, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago

Professional Memberships

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)