The Racialization of Hispanics and the Subordination of Spanish at UT Austin: Explorations and Recommendations

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This thesis explores the challenges faced by university students who identify as Latine, specifically the impediments occasioned by the historical racialization of Hispanics and the subordination of Spanish in the United States. It provides a historical and contemporary analysis of the presence of persons of Spanish-language origin and of the Spanish language in the United States and closer to home: at the University of Texas at Austin, a Hispanic-Serving Institution. This grounding motivates the mixed-methods study, whose findings signal the enduring effects of language ideologies, as reflected in students’ linguistic insecurity and imposter phenomena, among other psychological attributes. Interpretations of the findings lead to concrete recommendations for interventions in promoting Latine welfare and success on the University of Texas campus and beyond.

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