Towards a Critical Race Theory of Homelessness and Education: Racial Mircoaggressions among Homeless Youth of Color
Despite the near-constant growth of homelessness among youth of families, almost three-quarters of which are Youth and Families of Color, scholars have only twice employed a Critical Race Theory (CRT) of education to analyze the experiences of Homeless Students of Color. Using a CRT framework and qualitative data, this study will be the first of its kind to use the analytical CRT tool of racial microaggressions to understand the scholastic struggles and racialization of Homeless Students of Color in elementary, middle, and high school.
This phenomenological study will draw from semi-structured in-depth interviews with Black and Latina/o homeless students between the ages of 12 and 18 living in Orange County, California. Three primary questions will guide this study. (1) How do homeless youth of color experience racial and gender microaggressions? (2) What forms do these microaggressions take? (3) How do these experiences affect school life and other educational experiences?
I intend to submit a finished manuscript of this study to the Berkeley Review of Education (BRE), an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, published biannually online and edited by students from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.