Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Dissertation

Degree Name

Education PhD, Joint with San Diego State University


School of Educational Studies

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Frank Harris III

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Dina Maramba

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Marva Cappello

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Deborah Faye Carter

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Higher Education, Hmong American students, Intersectionality

Subject Categories

Education | Higher Education


The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry was to examine the experiences of Hmong American college students in relation to their ethnic and racial identity attending a dual designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution in the Central Valley. The study was guided by a conceptual framework incorporating Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model, "race and ethnicity as doings,” and intersectionality. Data collection was completed through three-phases which included interviews and a visual methods activity. A total of 10 participants completed the process. Data analysis was employed through initial, focused, and axial coding and constant comparison for the interviews. For visuals, data was analyzed using Serafini's (2010) perceptual, structural, and ideological perspectives. An overview of the findings suggested the influence of culture and racialization on identity and their college experience as well as Hmong American students' sense of belonging. Implications for practice and research are provided.