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Daysi Diaz-Strong

Assistant Professor

Contact

Building & Room:

4212 ETMSW

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0351

About

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

Articles

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105889

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420933231

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

Education

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)