Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)


School of Education

First Advisor

Seenae Chong


This thesis examines the experiences and identity development of multiracial Latinx/a/o students who attend Jesuit higher education institutions by way of testimonios. The research project sought to examine the following research questions: How do multicultural Latinx/a/o students perceive their identities in relation to their campus environment? What are the unique ways that multicultural Latinx/a/o students perceive themselves in the larger framework of society? How do multiracial Latinx/a/o students negotiate racial/ethnic/cultural boundaries? This research project found that multiracial Latinx/a/o understand their positionality as “othered” within a monoracial framework and that they face various barriers to full inclusion in either of their communities. For these students, finding community on their own terms was an important catalyst for self-identification. Additionally, it found that multiracial students require a different understanding of power, privilege, and oppression and that their unique experiences should not be overlooked. This research project sought to understand multiple racial identities in tandem, particularly understanding the nuances of various racial groups together.