Carolina Valdivia Ordorica
PhD Candidate in Education and Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard University
William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Valdivia researches the ways through which illegality impacts the lives of undocumented youth and their families, including their educational trajectories, as well as their civic and political participation.
"DREAMer Activism: Challenges and Opportunities" in Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds, edited by Marisol Clark-Ibañez (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Spring 2015).
Focuses on the social and political action involved in supporting, opposing, and/or shaping immigration legislation at the local, state, and national levels.
"In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials," (with Tom K. Wong), Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2014.
Provides new insights related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, life after DACA, and the experience of “coming out” as undocumented, as well as a first-of-its-kind look at the civic engagement and political incorporation of undocumented youth, among several other important topics.
"My Un(DACA)mented life: Experiences of Undocumented Immigrant Young Adults Growing Up amidst Anti-Immigrant Policies and Resisting through Activism" (with Diana Valdivia). Journal of Transborder Studies Research and Practice (2014).
Examines undocumented youth-led organizing and the recent implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and offers a unique insight of navigating everyday life as undocumented immigrants in a border community.
Talks and Briefings
"UndocuGrads," University of California Merced, October 2014.
"UndocuGrads: First Annual graduate School Conference for Undocumented Students," San Diego, CA, June 2014.
"Social Sciences," California Diversity Forum for Diversity in Higher Education, April 2014.
"Surveying Undocumented Youth: Stories are Data and Data is Power," United We Dream National Congress, February 2014.
"Underground Undergrads: How DACA has Opened the Doors of Opportunity," 43rd Annual National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2014.
"The Making of a Movement: Undocumented Immigrants Organizing Offline and Online," San Diego Dream Team Annual Retreat, January 2014.
"My Un(DACA)mented life: Experiences of Undocumented Immigrant Young Adults Growing up Amidst Anti-Immigrant Policies and Resisting through Activism," Binational Conference on Border Issues, San Diego, CA, December 2013.
"Undocumented Youth Activism: Resilience in Spite of Anti-Immigrant Policies," Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, October 2013.
"Undocumented No More: A Nationwide Analysis of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, October 2013.
"Attending College as an Undocumented Student," Del Dios and Mission Middle School, May 2013.
"DREAM ACTivism: Offline and Online Activism for Undocumented Immigrant Youth Rights," Society for Psychological Anthropology and the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, San Diego, CA, April 2013.