University of Pittsburgh
Oscar Patron is a Ph.D. candidate in Administrative and Policy Studies in the School of Education. As an undergraduate student, Oscar worked at the Latinx Studies department, further developing his passion and commitment to bettering the educational experiences of the Latinx community. Oscar is completing his dissertation, which investigates the resilience processes that queer Latino collegians undergo in relation to their social identities and surrounding contexts
Dissertation Title: Queering while Racializing Traditional Conceptions of Resilience through the Experiences of Queer Latino Collegians
Dissertation Abstract: The purpose of Oscar’s dissertation study is to explore the processes of resilience that queer self-identified Latino male collegians undergo throughout their educational trajectories. Oscar is interested in understanding the intersection of students’ most salient social identities and environmental contexts within larger systems of oppression. Additionally, his investigation seeks to challenge and expand the theoretical underpinnings of a resilience framework, as it relates to queer Latinos. Thus, questions guiding the study are, in what ways do queer Latino male collegians undergo a process of resilience? and what are the vulnerabilities and protective factors that are pertinent to the lives of queer Latinos? This qualitative investigation employs narrative inquiry methodology, paying close attention to student experiences through life stories. Data derives from a national sample of queer Latinos, specifically drawing from three forms of data collection including, two semi-structured interviews per participant, online responses to specific prompts via a private social media page, and the collection of pictures. Overall, this study seeks to make contributions to educational research and practice by 1) situating adversity related to people’s social identities, especially those connected to larger systems of oppression, at the center of a resilience framework, 2) understanding resilience as a process that is developed over an indefinite period of time and is influenced by people’s social identities and surrounding contexts, and 3) illuminating the in school and out of school experiences that support and/or hinder a process of resilience for queer Latinos on their quest to graduate.