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Vol. 7 No. 2 (2021): Journal of Leadership, Equity, and Research

“It’s Like Where Do I Belong?”: Latinx Undocumented Youth Activism, Identity, and Belonging in North Carolina

April 27, 2021


This qualitative case study explores how undocumented students in North Carolina navigate their identity, belonging, and decision-making about activist efforts. Drawing on fieldwork and interview data (2017-2019), we provide policy context and empirical evidence through the voices of undocumented youth about their everyday realities and dilemmas that being undocumented with the benefits from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) present. We shed light on local resistance and the complexity of undocumented youths’ lives as they navigate their immigration status and find belonging in the local community of activists.