Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)
School of Education
International and Multicultural Education (IME)
This thesis seeks to understand the experiences of the female students at Oakland International High School (OIHS). OIHS is a unique public school within the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) that serves entirely low-income, English Language Learner (ELL) populations. A quarter of the school’s 376 students are refugees or asylees who have fled their country due to persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group; additionally, 30% are undocumented, 24% are unaccompanied minors, and 47% are considered SIFE (students with interrupted formal education). However, one of the most outwardly noticeable things on the school’s campus is the overwhelming majority of male students. Females make up just 39% of the school’s total population, and thus have an entirely unique set of perspectives and outlooks towards the school, staff, and fellow students. Through focus groups, surveys, and observations, my research examined the questions, (1) How have female students’ experiences shaped the way they function at OIHS? (2) How is OIHS working to meet female students’ needs at the school? (3) What improvements could be made by the school to ensure female students’ academic and socio-emotional success?
The entire study is not available at this site; please contact me directly if you are interested in accessing the complete thesis: Ngermanov@gmail.com
Germanov, Nicole M., "Finding Our Way: Female Students at Oakland International High School" (2016). Master's Theses. 169.